28 October 2010

Ferry routes to Ireland - Irish Sea ferries

With the industrial disputes in France causing some disruption and with an uncertain outcome, why not turn your attention westwards towards Ireland for your next driving trip? You'll find spectacular scenery, excellent food and of course Guinness or Murphy's to wash it down. The people are really friendly and nobody knows how to turn a quick pint into an all night party better than the Irish!

Traffic is rarely a problem in Ireland, whether in the Republic or Northern Ireland. Dublin and Belfast can be busy, but away from there and the open road beckons. It's hard to single out anywhere for special recommendation, as the whole country has something to offer. There's the wild west coast of Galway, the Dingle Peninsula and Donegal; the softer lushness of the south around Cork and Waterford; the prettiness of Wexford; the glorious coastline of Antrim and Down in Northern Ireland.

Dublin is world famous for its culture and lively nightlife, although these days Belfast runs a close second. Classy Cork and vibrant Galway both repay a visit.

Drive-Alive now offers 8 different ways to get to the Republic and Northern Ireland by ferry with routes from Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Liverpool to Belfast and Dublin, Holyhead to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, Pembroke and Fishguard to Rosslare.

So if you're longing to hit the road but hesitating about heading to France, visit our ferry information page where you'll find links to more information about all these ferry crossings to Ireland plus links to book directly with the ferry companies at the best possible prices.

If you know which route you'd like just follow the links below:

* Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire with Stena Line
* Fishguard to Rosslare with Stena Line
* Holyhead to Dublin with Stena Line
* Stranraer to Belfast with Stena Line
* Fleetwood to Larne with Stena Line
* Holyhead to Dublin with Irish Ferries
* Pembroke to Rosslare with Irish Ferries
* Liverpool to Belfast with DFDS NorfolkLine
* Liverpool to Dublin with DFDS NorfolkLine

14 October 2010

Luxury Autumn and Winter breaks in France from Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries are cementing their reputation as more then just a ferry company by offering Autumn and Winter short breaks in quality accommodation in France, at bargain prices. They have teamed up with luxury hotel group, Lucien Barrière, to provide breaks at two of the most magnificent hotels in western France.

Research and book your luxury short break in France.

Indulge yourself with a two-night stay at either the Normandy Hotel in Deauville or the Royal-Thalasso Hotel in La Baule in southern Brittany for only £199 per person, including return ferry crossings to France with a car. This represents a real bargain, giving you the chance to enjoy top resort hotels for not much more than the cost of a crossing on its own.

As one of the most chic coastal resorts in France, Deauville is frequented year-round by the rich and famous. Known for its Film Festival that takes place every September, it also has a long association with horse racing. There is also no shortage of fine golf courses in the vicinity.

The 5 star Normandy Hotel with half-timbering, chequered flagstones and picturesque pinnacles, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Situated just across the road from the sea and in the centre of town, the hotel is connected to the casino by a covered walkway.

La Baule boasts one of the longest and finest beaches in Europe which the 5-star Royal Thalasso overlooks. This spa hotel is devoted to the concept of wellbeing and is the ideal place for a romantic break. You might not want to take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool complex (in fact it will be closed!) but every other water-based treatment is available. Again, the hotel is close to the beach and town centre.

The combination of luxurious ferry travel, top-class resorts and really outstanding hotels makes these breaks perfect for a celebratory treat such as a birthday or anniversary. Even in the winter there is always so much to do and see, and a stroll along the beach at La Baule or Deauville is a great experience whatever the time of year. These breaks represent remarkable value, especially as you can take your own car, and what you bring back won't be limited by airline baggage charges!

These breaks are available on any sailing from 3 October to 31 March 2011 and prices are based on 2 people sharing. Cabins on overnight sailings are available from £34.

Research and book your luxury short break in France.
More about Brittany Ferries routes to France.

• Price includes a return crossing to France with a car and is per person based on 2 people sharing a double room.
• This offer is subject to limited availability
• Available on selected dates from 3 October 2010 to 31 March 2011.
• Offer is for two night stay only and cannot be extended.
• New bookings only.
• Holiday terms and conditions apply.