Now that much of Europe is open for holidays, we know that many of you are contemplating travelling again. However, not so many people are keen to fly, so taking your car by ferry seems a very good option as an alternative. And the good news is that ferries are sailing pretty much as frequently as ever, passengers and staff with masks on, of course and robust hygiene protocols in place. You could get away to ports in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. And from the Netherlands onwards, after a drive, to Scandinavia too. Great for adventurers and those with a bit of extra time to spend.
Ferry companies have put extensive safety measures in place to be Covid-19 compliant to ensure people will be able to travel safely and in comfort by ferry this summer now travel restrictions are eased. Many ferry operators were providing lifeline service throughout the lockdown, transporting key workers and enabling essential goods and medical supplies to reach our islands, so safety measures have already been in operation for a few months.
New safety and hygiene measures on ferries include:
Fewer passengers to comply with social distancing measures, more frequent cleaning measures (especially in high traffic areas), increased availability of hand sanitisers, social distancing signage and new staff safety protocols and the availability of PPE. Passengers are required to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces on ferry services operating in English, Scottish, Northern Irish, French and Spanish territorial waters, (it will become mandatory in Wales on 27 July) and it is recommended on all other sailings. On some of the longer crossings, passengers can also benefit from travelling in a private cabin with en-suite facilities.
For further information take a look at these questions and answers regarding ferry journeys or watch the video.
“Ferries naturally lend themselves well to social distancing requirements with plenty of wide open spaces, access to fresh air and outside deck areas as well as the option in many cases to arrive and board via the safety of your own car or bicycle,” commented Emma Batchelor, director of Discover Ferries.
It’s also a rather exciting way to travel, leaving the land behind, heading for the open sea, with nature and the elements around you, the wind in your hair, a little sea spray perhaps and seagulls wheeling overhead, if you’re on deck, or a splendid view if you’re relaxing inside. And then as you enter port, after your crossing, the hustle and bustle of docking lets you know that your holiday has really begun. Hopping into your own car to continue your journey is so easy – life on the open road!
Find out more about ferries through Discover Ferries
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company