"Dover Calais "
Reviewed 27 October 2014 by Martin
Ferry delayed by 30 mins but was informed of this by direct Ferries well in advance. Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France are new and large ferries and very good. With a large "duty free" shop and restaurant it has all you need. If you have a choice these ferries are the ones to chose for your crossing.
'Martin' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"First Time Calais-Dover"
Reviewed 21 October 2014 by Graham
P & O -fine boats ,Good in bad weather, good service, caught earlier boats with no problems, shame about all the school children, pity they cant contain them somewhere.
'Graham' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Pride of Burgundy
Reviewed 21 October 2014 by Edwin Stuart
After a hectic drive up from Barcelona we were pleased to get on board for the last leg of our journey. However, as a disabled person, I was not happy to see that there was no passenger lift available. It was extremely difficult and painful to climb up to the passenger deck, especially when more able bodies people were pushing to pass. Even though we were the third couple to use the self- service restaurant the food, although delicious, was cold by the time we sat down to eat. We did miss the full service restaurant we usually frequent on our ferry trips. We then retired to the 'quiet' room for a nap before we arrived at Dover. However, a group of noisy truck drivers came in and disturbed all of us trying to rest. A few words from another sleeping passenger had them quiet down but by then everyone was awake! The rest of the crossing itself was uneventful, the on board shop basic and we departed the ship quickly. All in all good value for the money but very basic facilities.
'Edwin Stuart' travelled Calais Dover with DFDS Seaways on Calais Seaways
"a good experience"
Reviewed 17 October 2014 by Peter
We were pleasantly surprised by the good standard of passenger care and accommodation considering this is predominantly a freight line. The catering was better than any other operator on this route and the level of seating accommodation good and comfortable. The duty free shop was rather sparsely stocked but that wasn't what we were there for. I would definitely use DFDS again and highly recommend them.
'Peter' travelled Calais Dover with DFDS Seaways on Dieppe Seaways
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The origins of Calais are obscure. It was founded as a fishing village some time prior to the 10th century. In 997, it was improved by the Count of Flanders and fortified by the Count of Boulogne in 1224. It is less than 40km from England - the Channel's shortest crossing - and is the busiest French passenger port. In the last war the British destroyed it to prevent it being used as a base for a German invasion. The French still refer to it as "the most English town in France", an influence that began after the battle of Crécy in 1346, when Edward III seized it for use as a beachhead in the Hundred Years War. Calais divides in two: Calais-Nord, the old town rebuilt after the war, with the place d'Armes and rue Royale as its focus, is separated by canals from sprawling Calais-Sud, centred around the Hôtel de Ville and the main shopping streets, boulevards Lafayette and Jacquard - the latter named after the inventor of looms.
Backed by its famous White Cliffs, Dover is located in Kent, on England's southeastern tip and is the UK's closest geographical point to Continental Europe. Every day of the year, frequent Cross Channel ferries travel between Dover and the French ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne.
One of the most important military towns in UK history, Dover is a rich tapestry of history. Few other towns can boast such a unique collection of relics and monuments dating back from the Bronze Age, the Roman Empire, the Saxon era, and virtually every other important historic period. While modern developments have seen many of Dover's important historical buildings swept away, there are still many important sites that must be preserved for future generations. The story of Dover is as old as civilization itself and we can only wonder at what future historical events this remarkable town will enter the history books for again.