Taking any ferry on this crossing was a first for me as I usually use the tunnel, but I will happily use DFDS in future as long as the prices remain competitive. The booking process, finding way into and out of the ports, registering/passport control, loading and unloading, time on board, all seamlessly simple and perfectly enjoyable.
Plenty to do onboard if you wanted or needed to keep children entertained, staff friendly and efficient, plenty of comfy chairs to snooze away the short crossing if that's your thing too.
My Calais/Dover crossing was late lunchtime and while there was still plenty of choice for food, one downer for me was that the fish/chips I chose (living in France it's been a while!) was disappointing so have dropped one star there.
Dropped a half star also for punctuality - the Calais/Dover leg was late, though not by too much and didn't have a serious effect on my onward journey.
It was purely price which initially tempted me away from the tunnel, but it was a combination of price and service which will make me return. I had forgotten how beneficial it is to properly relax for an hour and a half between my seven hour drive in France, and four in UK.
Reviewed by Jennifer who travelled with DFDS Seaways on Calais Seaways