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Your staff need to be taught how to secure and strap down motorcycles, the staff member hadn't a clue how to secure my new £22000 bike, he guided me into a front wheel clamp and proceeded to strap my bike to the floor using only the pannier protection bars, he then asked me to get off my bike which I refused because I knew the bike would tip either way and showed him that this would then damaged my front fender, he tried four different ways even just strapping the front wheel to the floor, in the end I backed my motorcycle out of the front wheel clamp put the bike on the side stand and clamped it down securely across the saddle myself, this young man couldn't speak English so when I was telling him he had no idea why I was complaining, on return to my motorcycle I had to ask remove the strapping myself, on returning to UK via Cherbourg to Portsmouth the staff knew what they where doing strapped the bike securely across the saddle and used protection pads and secure strapping, on return at Portsmouth I found the staff had removed the strapping before I reached the motorcycle that is what I call service, you need to get Cherbourg staff to train your staff, because putting any bike that has a large front fender into a front wheel clamp is pure stupidity and any movement will damage the fender. I was very disappointed with the service below deck gRead More Read Less
"Very quick and convenient "
Really liked this as it crossed the channel in three hours. It would have been nice to have a restaurant where one could have a meal...Read More Read Less
"Cherbourg to Portsmouth"
Couldn't fault staff or facilities. Unfortunately a rough trip due to weather conditions and a lot of sick people on board, particularly children. Staff went over and above to help people out. Would do it again.
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The Cherbourg Portsmouth ferry route connects France with England. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 9 times each week with sailing durations from around 3 hours.
Cherbourg Portsmouth sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
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.
Portsmouth is an English city in the county of Hampshire, lying on the English Channel coast. Leading ferry operators including Condor Ferries, Wightlink and Brittany Ferries serve the city's port from British and international locations including Le Havre, Bilbao, Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo, St Helier, St Peter Port and Ryde.
The city boasts a long, illustrious maritime history and has connections with the Royal Navy that go back centuries. It was also one of the world's greatest shipbuilding centres and constructed the first ever dry dock, in the 15th century, which is still in use today. Portsmouth is still an important base for the navy and is home to a number of historic ships including the crowning glory of Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.
The nearby suburb of Southsea is a popular destination for families and has a lovely stretch of beach, two piers and a good selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and a theme park at Clarence Pier.