The Channel Islands have been on my Places to Visit list for a long time now, the fact they are the sunniest place in the British Isles, the warmest place in the British Isles and possibly have the best ice cream were major factors.
Condor Ferries got in touch offering us a trip to the Channel Island of our choice to test out their services and after much thought we decided to make our first trip to Guernsey.
Condor Ferries offer a variety of routes including from St Malo in France. Seeing as we were on holiday in Normandy this summer we decided to take a couple of days out and travel on the 2 hour Rapide service direct to St Peter’s Port.
Check in was at least 60 minutes before departure if taking the car (40 minutes for foot passengers) and passports were needed.
The ferry is a smaller vessel than the Dover – Calais route uses and there is plenty of room for everyone to sit comfortably in assigned seats.
In the main hall there is a shop selling sweets, newspapers, magazines and a few travel necessities, a Duty Free shop, a very reasonably priced restaurant and a Costa Coffee.
Condor Ferries Club Class
We were lucky to have been given Club Class seats in a separate, quieter room offering free drinks in comfortable reclining leather seats. Each table has a basket of cakes and biscuits on offer too. There are daily newspapers and magazines on a rack to read too. The cost of this service is extra.
Our journey was on a mill pond sea and very uneventful; a quick, pleasant time that whizzed by, before we knew it we were coming in to St Peter’s Port and running up on deck to get our first view of Guernsey.
There is an area set aside where children can sit and watch films which our girls really enjoyed, on the outward journey they watched their favourite dog – Scooby Doo and on the return journey classic Tom and Jerry. Just one note I’d make to Condor Ferries, this room has been placed opposite the toilets which are fitted with excellent powerful hand dryers – the only set back is the noise of the dryers affect how much of the film the children can hear and as the toilets are in constant use throughout the journey it’s quite disturbing, can it be moved to a quieter area?
Thank you Condor Ferries for our trip, watch out for further posts of what we got up to on the beautiful island of Guernsey and why it’s such a fantastic place to visit. Dad liked it so much he thought of moving over until he saw the prices of property for non-islanders that is!
Dad’s 3 highlights of his 1st visit to Guernsey
Beautiful beaches with VERY clear water and no parking charges
The best fish soup he’s ever tasted – La Barbarie Hotel St Martin’s
Very impressive bus service all over the island
An idea of what’s to come…
La Barbarie hotel, St Martin’s
St Peter’s Port, the Guernsey Tapestry, Hauteville House, Cornet Castle
The Little Chapel
Vazon Bay and Pembroke Beach
Disclosure: Condor Ferries gave us a return journey with our car from St Malo in France and two nights B&B in La Barbarie hotel in St Martins. All opinions are our own.