Reviewed 23 March 2015 by Jennifer
Taking any ferry on this crossing was a first for me as I usually use the tunnel, but I will happily use DFDS in future as long as the prices remain competitive. The booking process, finding way into and out of the ports, registering/passport control, loading and unloading, time on board, all seamlessly simple and perfectly enjoyable. Plenty to do onboard if you wanted or needed to keep children entertained, staff friendly and efficient, plenty of comfy chairs to snooze away the short crossing if that's your thing too. My Calais/Dover crossing was late lunchtime and while there was still plenty of choice for food, one downer for me was that the fish/chips I chose (living in France it's been a while!) was disappointing so have dropped one star there. Dropped a half star also for punctuality - the Calais/Dover leg was late, though not by too much and didn't have a serious effect on my onward journey. It was purely price which initially tempted me away from the tunnel, but it was a combination of price and service which will make me return. I had forgotten how beneficial it is to properly relax for an hour and a half between my seven hour drive in France, and four in UK. Thanks DFDS!
'Jennifer' travelled Calais Dover with DFDS Seaways on Calais Seaways
"Inboard gas cylinders on motorhomes."
Reviewed 22 March 2015 by Martin
As a motorhome owner I would suggest that at the Port of departure all motorhomes are physically checked by a member of the ferry staff to check that the inboard gas cylinder on the motorhome has been turned off and a marker is atached to the cylinder to show that this has been completed.
'Martin' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Pride of Canterbury
Reviewed 17 March 2015 by Mufutau
Hassle free crossing, easy booking and high standard service.
'Mufutau' travelled Calais Dover with DFDS Seaways on Calais Seaways
Reviewed 07 March 2015 by Georgi
The staff is very kind. Everything was perfect and in time. Recommend DFDS Seaways!
'Georgi' travelled Calais Dover with DFDS Seaways on Calais Seaways
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The French town and major sea port of Calais is located in northern France and lies on the English Channel coast, around 21 miles across the English Channel from the English Port of Dover. On a clear day it is possible to see the White Cliffs of Dover, across the Strait of Dover. Calais' old town, known as Calais-Nord, is surrounded by canals and harbours and lies on an artificial island. The more modern part of Calais, known as St-Pierre, is located to the south of the old town.
Visitors to the town can take in the Tour du Guet which is situated in the Place d'Armes in the old town. Built in the 13th century, the structure was originally a water tower which was subsequently used as a lighthouse until 1848.
The port of Calais is well known to many visitors from the UK and is the 4th largest port in France, by passenger numbers. It is the main gateway into France for many UK visitors and is less than 3 hours by car from Paris, Brussels and London and is connected to several motorways. On average a ship departs from Calais every 30 minutes, with around 50 departures to Dover each day, with a crossing time of about 75 minutes.
The town and port of Dover is located on the south east coast of England, in the county of Kent. The major ferry port lies on the English Channel coast, at its narrowest point between England and France. Dover is the world's busiest passenger port with roughly 16 million travellers, 2 million lorries, nearly 3 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. Providing an iconic backdrop to the town are its white chalk cliffs and are an impressive sight when entering the port by ferry.
A popular tourist attraction in the town is the 12th century Dover Castle which stands guard over the town. The medieval castle has been described as the "Key to England" because of its defensive importance over the centuries, and is also England's largest castle. Today, the castle is a designated Scheduled Monument which means that it is a nationally important historic building and archaeological site that is protected against unauthorised change. It is also a Grade I listed building and an internationally recognised important structure. The castle, its secret tunnels and surrounding land are all now owned by English Heritage.