Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Spike941 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:15 am

TSB, The Brittany Ferry docks, for want of a better expression, in the middle of the town. (Santander) Well signposted and easy to find. Obviously not sure where LD dock, but would guess it's the same place. No problem with arriving early, parking up in the queue and walking into town for a beer etc. all very civilised.
Sorry to hear about the fishermen. I'm in Spain at the moment and due to return to the UK in a couple of weeks via Santander - Portsmouth. Hoping my luck isn't about to run out.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by SimonXR » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:51 am

Just to add that Brittany Ferries have started an "economie" service to Spain now. £89 crossing (each way) plus whatever accommodation/seat you choose.


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Have checked more into this now and the price will depend on when you go. For example, end of August coming back is £160 but a week later is £74. All cabins are four berth but there is an under occupancy discount of £30 per cabin for one or two people and £15 for three.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:20 pm

Mike101 wrote:Seasickness is a strange thing to behold and it's not nice at all for anybody.

I am on the water a lot in yachts so I've been there, done it and seen it all when it comes to blowing chunks.

The two most important things to do are...

Drink lots of water....if you feel I'll you won't drink so you will feel ill and down and down you go.

Lay flat on the floor or a bed...when you are laying flat you are not affected by it. You must do this before you start to feel ill.

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I will second that. Eat well, but well in advance, hit the bunk and be sorted before you leave port. I have done 10 hour crossings in bad weather and known nothing about it.
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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Nickw909 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:09 am

Crossing was very calm. Bit bumpy during the night, but like a mill pond for the rest.

We were 2hrs late into Santander.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Simon_100 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:25 am

Spike941 wrote:TSB, The Brittany Ferry docks, for want of a better expression, in the middle of the town. (Santander) Well signposted and easy to find. Obviously not sure where LD dock, but would guess it's the same place. No problem with arriving early, parking up in the queue and walking into town for a beer etc. all very civilised.
Sorry to hear about the fishermen. I'm in Spain at the moment and due to return to the UK in a couple of weeks via Santander - Portsmouth. Hoping my luck isn't about to run out.
Hi Spike,

Thanks for this, actually I was wondering abut the Gijón route - so we've got our wired crossed :S

Slightly better news about the fishing boat, if only a bit better, I heard the story on the news after it came out as didn't realise that there was one survivor: in the very first instant the owner/captain escaped. But the remaining eight are lost and they haven't been able to recover all of the bodies still stuck inside the hull, quite a nightmare really.

Details in Spanish here, but don't let it spoil your trip - all the fishing communities know and accept the risks, brave people.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Redmurty » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:38 am

All seafarers know that one day old Neptune may come a calling, 12 years at sea and I've seen some very interesting weather.
Been across the Biscay many many times and I can't remember ever having a really bad crossing.
The only things that put me off using the crossings are (a) boredom (b) the fear of a bad crossing and getting my bike damaged, not so bad on the way back but going out ?

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Spike941 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:44 pm

Thanks for this, actually I was wondering abut the Gijón route - so we've got our wired crossed



Sorry mate, can't help. Never been to Gijon.
Just looked at the Brittany Ferries Economie fares, and they are between £75 and £135 cheaper in September for 2 bikes and riders sharing a cabin. I think they start running thse no frills routes this week. Look forward to someone posting shortly what it's like, and whether it's worth the saving.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by SimonXR » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:44 pm

Spike941 wrote: Just looked at the Brittany Ferries Economie fares, and they are between £75 and £135 cheaper in September for 2 bikes and riders sharing a cabin. I think they start running thse no frills routes this week. Look forward to someone posting shortly what it's like, and whether it's worth the saving.
Following my phone call to Brittany Ferries on Sunday, I've booked the new economy service from Portsmouth to Santander for Saturday August 23rd. I've booked a cabin and got a discount. Its cost me £150. I'm coming back from St Malo a week later.

The new service has opened up that particular time of the year to Spain for me. Prior to that it was too expensive and I would normally go in June, maybe early July at a push.

I've done the Pont Aven on many occasions so it will be good to compare the two services. The ferry leaves Portsmouth at 08:15 and gets in for 11:15 the following day. I'm very pleased with the arrival time because it means I can get the N623 to Burgos rattled off during a nice quiet time of Sunday.

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Re: Has anyone used the LD Lines ferry to Spain?

Post by Nickw909 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:21 pm

Just replied to a pm, thought I would post it here also.....

Cabins were a decent size, about the same as the bigger ferry from Brittany Ferries.

Only had 1 meal, basic stuff, the choice was fish and chips or chilli con carne. 10-11 euro. Bottle of Corona was 3.40 euro.

Bikes had a strap over the seat and a smaller stap each side. They put a rubber mat over the seat. Crossing was quiet and only 4 bikes but all were ok.

The boat is small, the bar/restaurant area was the only communal area but there was a small cinema showing 4 different filmes.

I slept most of the time after ODing on Stugeron..... ;-)

If it's calm then it's worth the saving on Brittany, but I would guess a rough crossing would not be nice.

I asked for a cabin in the centre of the ship shortly after I booked and got just that. There's less movement there.

Keep an eye on the sailing update page on their site, has info about cancelled crossings etc.

BTW, there's bugger all at the port after you check in, don't get there too early.

Nick.

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