"Santander and Poole with LD Lines"
Reviewed 31 August 2014 by David
Good service all round,even though delayed to Poole due to mechanical problems. However the crew handled the inconvenience with good professional expediency. There was no WIFI available,which really is a must these days. Consequently, personally, that was a negative for me. However the overall ambience of the voyage was in no way affected. Great meals, friendly helpful crew. Clean(spotless) cabins, together with very pleasant weather both ways.....you really can't ask for better! We have sailed with LD Lines a number of times and will gladly recommend them, although this was our first sail to and from Poole. We shall not use this particular route again as getting to and from the M4, especially in darkness, was an experience felt we could do without in future!
'David' travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Gijon to Pool"
Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Michael
Travelled from Portugal to Spain at the end of August to catch the ferry to pool in Dorset. The check in procedure was easy and uncomplicated. The cars go up quite a steep ramp to the top deck for parking it is advisable to wait for the car in front of you to leave the ramp before you start your ascent! Life on board for the 24 hours is a little bit boring but you can watch continuous films being played on a big screen TV and go to the restaurant bistro which serves decent food at less than airport prices and a full bottle of wine with your meal costing as little as 9 euros. There is also a bar for alcoholic beverages and they also sell fresh bean to cup coffee. The cabins are quite basic and small but clean and reasonably comfortable beds. The staff are very friendly and helpful and overall it was a good experience during the travel and certainly better than driving for another 18 hours across France and into England. When I worked out the price of what it would've cost me to drive all the way with food stops and also overnight stay in an hotel and then the price of the channel tunnel crossing it roughly worked out about £50 cheaper and was certainly less stressful. I would definitely travel with them again!
'Michael' travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
Reviewed 27 August 2014 by John martin
This summer there has been three companies on the Irish/French route. I chose LD on price and the fact that they went further down on the western side of France. I found the staff more then helpful and very friendly. The food I do not rate highly if you relate it to the cost at checkout. When it is time to book our next trip, it will be LD lines again if they are still running, lets hope so, I can take my own snacks on board. John.
'John martin' travelled with LD Lines on Norman Atlantic
Reviewed 22 August 2014 by Anonymous
I enjoy ferries, but sadly what was advertised was not exactly what was available. As a child travelling to Ireland the ships would have a cinema, duty-free shop and lots of other facilities. On LD Lines to Gijon, the DVD room was a TV and DVD player in the corner of the lounge bar. The child area was a three-foot wide section of the bar with pens, paper and some sponge lego-shaped mats underneath a small table. The food was OVER priced - bring your own. Bar staff were often worked 24 hours whilst others seemed to be standing around whilst bins etc. needed to be emptied on the decks. The cleanliness was superb (obviously down to the army of cleaners who board the boat when it docks). The room was sufficient - simple, but clean and comfortable (bit like a budget hotel). For 25 hours, activities were very quickly exhausted - sit on deck, sit in the lounge bar (reading), eat, walk on deck, read some more,,,,,, etc. I love travelling by sea, but my fellow travelers were bored very quickly and vowed, "Never again!"
'Anonymous' travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias