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"Fairly straightforward crossing "
First time we'd done this crossing, having previously done Plymouth to Roscoff mostly. It is smaller than the Plymouth one. There is a buffet which is a scaled down version of the Plymouth one. The crossing was fine, I was asleep during most of it. The cabin was comfortable.Read More Read Less
It was the first time I have had the pleasure to arrive in Poole by sea and a thoroughly enjoyable experience it was. Many passengers including myself were up on deck blessed by the sun giving us a warm welcome as the vessel navigated it’s way carefully into dock. The area is extremely interesting as I have since found out some of it’s history and definitely worthy of further exploration. Besides this Brittany Ferries continues to give it’s usual service with friendly staff running a clean ship where you can relax and enjoy the crossing. My only real complaint is that fares to tend to be on the high side which is a shame because otherwise I would sail the route more often.Read More Read Less
"A surprisingly pleasant experience"
The whole ship was spotlessly clean. Food was plentiful without too many queues. Announcements were clear. Seats were not particularly comfortable for a long crossing and paying an extra £15 for a more.comfortablenone seems rather money grabbing. But staff were charming and helpful and we were impressed by the efficiency and cleanliness.Read More Read Less
"Return trip from France"
It was so easy to book via direct ferries being able to choose the right carrier at the right time at a great price. We had used Brittany Ferries before on a different route and were not disappointed on the Cherbourg / Poole route.Read More Read Less
The French city and port of Cherbourg is located on the Cotentin Peninsular in the north west of France. Invaded by the Vikings in the 9th century who were instrumental in developing Cherbourg into a port, the city has a long history. In Napoleonic times the harbour was fortified in order to prevent a British naval assault on it. Underwater obstructions were sunk at intervals across the harbour entrance which were eventually replaced with piles of masonry rubble. The works began in 1784 and were not concluded until 1850, long after Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
There are many things to see and do in Cherbourg including the Cite de la Mer (the city of the sea) which is a museum dedicated to maritime history. The museum was opened in 2002 and is housed in the cruise terminal at Cherbourg port. Visitors to the city may also choose to take a leisurely stroll in the Jardin de la Roche Fauconniere which is a private botanical garden located in the Parc de la Fauconniere. Established in the 1870's the gardens contain roughly 3,400 specimens, many of which come from the Southern Hemisphere.
The medieval port town of Poole is located in the south coast of England an the county of Dorset. The town lies on the English Channel coast and is full of tourist attractions and activities, such as its famous pottery and Poole Park. Other popular sights in and around the town include Poole Harbour and the Sandbanks Peninsular which provide excellent facilities for boating and water sports in general. In this area there are also some well respected restaurants and cafes, a number of historic 18th century buildings and some lovely waterside hotels.
Dorset's beaches are some of the best in the United Kingdom and are sometimes called the 'Florida Keys of British beaches'. Poole itself has over 5 km of beaches which are popular with both locals and tourists. The most vibrant part of the town is Poole Quay where there are many restaurants and bars to enjoy. Festivals and events in the town include the Poole Summer Breeze, the largest beach party, held every Thursday night in the summer, with live music, a fun zone for families, barbecue areas and a spectacular firework display.