"A great way to Travel to the Channel Islands"
Reviewed 16 July 2014 by Anonymous
This was our first trip by sea to the Channel Islands and after reading several reviews, it was clear that Condor operated a great service. We stayed in Portsmouth the night before our crossing and had a ten minute drive to the ferry port. We could take as much luggage as we wanted to. I decided to book the Club Class lounge which was superb, free tea, coffee and soft drinks along with complimentary cakes/biscuits was an extra surprise as we did not expect this. The seats were extremely comfortable with panoramic sea views. The ship was not very busy and there were only 7 people in the Club lounge. Everyone passengers and crew alike were very friendly. We returned on the overnight ferry and had a superior deluxe cabin. This was definitely worth every penny. My partner was able to watch the late world cup game on the in cabin TV. Beds were very comfortable. This was the most relaxing way to start and end a holiday without the hassle of waiting around at airports and sitting on a squashed aircraft with limited luggage. Already planning next years trip to the Channel islands and highly recommend anyone who wants a relaxing holiday from start to finish.
'Anonymous' travelled Portsmouth Guernsey with Condor Ferries on Commodore Clipper
"Part of the holiday"
Reviewed 28 June 2014 by David
Smooth crossings both ways; recliner seats on the outward journey and a beautifully comfortable cabin on the return; excellent food - all made our crossings to and from Guernsey a really relaxing and enjoyable part of the holiday. Sailings were exactly on schedule. At every stage we met efficiency and courtesy. We go to Sark most years, and this is the way we like to go.
'David' travelled Portsmouth Guernsey with Condor Ferries on Commodore Clipper
"Ferry to Guernsey"
Reviewed 28 May 2014 by Richard
Easy to board and park up, comfortable journey with good restaurant facilities good overnight cabin on return journey. Would recommend.
'Richard' travelled Portsmouth Guernsey with Condor Ferries on Commodore Clipper
"Very satisfied and comfortable cabin"
Reviewed 11 February 2014 by Dr Derek Henderson
A very comfortable and pleasant crossing. Efficient loading and unloading.
'Dr Derek Henderson' travelled Portsmouth Guernsey with Condor Ferries on Commodore Clipper
Britain's foremost naval station, Portsmouth occupies the bulbous peninsula of Portsea Island, on the eastern flank of a huge, easily defended harbour. The ancient Romans raised a fortress on the northernmost edge of this inlet, and a small port developed during the Norman era, but this strategic location wasn't fully exploited until Tudor times, when Henry VII established the world's first dry dock here and made Portsmouth a royal dockyard. It has flourished ever since and nowadays Portsmouth is a large industrialized city, its harbour clogged with naval frigates, ferries bound for the continent or the Isle of Wight, and swarms of dredgers and tugs.
Old Portsmouth, based around the original harbour, preserves some Georgian and a little Tudor character. East of here is Southsea , a residential suburb of terraces with a resort strewn along its shingle beach, where a mass of B&Bs face stoic naval monuments.
Guernsey is a British crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It is divided into 10 Parishes.
Rising sea levels transformed Guernsey into the tip of a peninsula jutting out into the emergent English Channel until about 6000 BC, when Guernsey and other promontories were cut off from continental Europe, becoming islands. Guernsey’s living history book begins with Neolithic Man and the oldest manmade structure in Europe.
The island formed part of Normandy from 933, forging a link between Britain and France that survives in Norman Law, surnames and Guernesaise, the local language. Guernsey sided with England in 1204. Castle Cornet was built to repel a French invasion and today houses some of the island’s best museums.
The 20th century also left its mark, when the islands became bulwarks in Europe’s WWII Atlantic Wall.