"Steam Packet Ferry Good!"
Reviewed 12 July 2014 by Michael Chaloner
My wife and I, together with two friends, recently used the Ferry Car Service between Liverpool and Douglas (Isle of Man). The whole experience was completely 'hassle' free. The loading and un-loading procedure was efficient and speedy and the actual 'crossings' were entirely pleasant. Although fairly full there was no sense of 'crowding', with plenty of comfortable seats to relax during the sea voyage. No need to pre-book the Premium Seats on the 'Posh' Upper Deck areas, which are rather overpriced anyway(my one criticism)! Also very good 'light' refreshments, at surprisingly reasonable prices! On top of this both crossings arrived ahead of the scheduled time. We were fortunate to choose to travel when the 'sea' was reasonably calm, but I'm sure the Catamaran would be relatively stable even in adverse conditions. In short I can recommend this Service without reservation.
'Michael Chaloner' travelled Liverpool Douglas with Steam Packet
Reviewed 29 June 2014 by Didier
Everything went well. I was told off, but nicely, because my suitcase were a bit over the maximum weight. It gives a good image of the isle of Man before even getting there. Regarding the food, it's not gourmet, but it's decent.
'Didier' travelled Liverpool Douglas with Steam Packet on Ben My Chree
"Liverpool to Douglas return"
Reviewed 28 June 2014 by Terry
Very good trip both ways but seriously frustrated that turning up to the port early both ways and with a 4 -5 hour car journey home we were one of the last off the ship.
'Terry' travelled Liverpool Douglas with Steam Packet on Manannan
Reviewed 23 June 2014 by Patrice
quick and confortable, the staff is welcoming
'Patrice' travelled Liverpool Douglas with Steam Packet on Ben My Chree
Liverpool was a humble fishing village for half a millennium until the spilting-up of Chester and the booming slave trade prompted the building of the first dock in 1715. From then until the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807, Liverpool was the apex of the slavery. After the abolition of the trade, the port continued to grow into a seven-mile chain of docks, not only for freight but also to cope with wholesale European emigration, which saw nine million people from half of Europe leave for the Americas and Australasia between 1830 and 1930. Some never made it further than Liverpool and contributed to a five-fold increase in population in fifty years. An even larger boost came with immigration from the Caribbean and China, and especially Ireland in the wake of the potato famine in 1845. There's been a renaissance of sorts since the 1990s as EU development funds and millennium money have kick-started various projects.
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man and its largest town. It is the Island's hub for shipping, transport, shopping and entertainment. It is the home of the island's government and its finance centre. Douglas is situated on a bay on the east coast of the island at the confluence of two rivers - the Dhoo and the Glass (from which it derives its name). A gently sloping valley runs inland. Hills are to the north-west and south-east. The town is surrounded by several other smaller towns and villages, most notably Onchan to the north (which forms a conurbation with Douglas) and Union Mills to the west.
Douglas has been capital of the Isle of Man since 1863, an honour previously held by Castletown, a smaller town in the south of the Island. Tynwald, the Manx Parliament, meets in Douglas (except on Tynwald Day, when it instead meets on Tynwald Hill in St John's - a small village near the west coast of the island).