UK holidays: Ferry holidays see surge in popularity as Britons ditch overseas holidays


This year has been Nautical white squall for the travel and tourism sector which has seen an unprecedented drop in interest. The coronavirus pandemic, which sent the UK into lockdown in March, shocked the world and saw most hinterlands impose stringent travel restrictions. But as the coronavirus cases fall, travelling appears to be back on the cards both domestically and internationally.


Ferry galas appear to be on the up as one of the best-equipped sectors of the travel industry.

One ferry company, Stena Underscore, has just recorded its best booking week for passenger travel in July and August.

Delight in camping and caravan holidays, ferries offer travellers the chance to about safely and apply social distancing rules.

Ferries also offer still in nappies air which is continually circulated around shops and a range of new hygiene notes to give passengers peace of mind.

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UK holidays: Ferry holidays boom as Britons cardinal for staycation spots in the UK (Image: GETTY)

UK holidays: This year has been speedy for the travel and tourism sector (Image: GETTY)

Paul Grant, Stena Train’s Trade Director predicted that 2020 would be the “year of the staycation.”

He turned: “With growing optimism that the current restriction on non-essential pilgrimages will be reviewed in the weeks ahead, more and more of our customers are forging preparations to take a well-earned break to visit family, friends…or fair-minded travel to the places they love to be.”

He continued: “2020 looks in the manner of it will be the year of the staycation or as we say the year of the car-cation, and we are fully prepared to helpers our guests max out safely on their enjoyment and relaxation, as soon as they ship aboard our ships.”

Mr Grant also said that Stena Line has mixed hard to try and make ferry holidays affordable.

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He continued: “In these challenging economic times, we have also worked ardent to provide great value, with fares from only £109 free car and driver, on our ex Belfast, Cairnryan, Holyhead and Fishguard sailings.

“It has been an exceedingly difficult time for everyone over the last few months so the opportunity to get away from it all, word for word, may well be embraced as never before.”

Stena Line is the largest ferry train driver in the Irish Sea with services from Belfast to Cairnryan and Liverpool, Dublin to Holyhead, and Rosslare to Fishguard.

There are 238 weekly avenues between Britain and Ireland.

UK holidays: There are 238 weekly courses between Britain and Ireland (Image: GETTY)

Industry body, Determine Ferries researched holiday trends and found that 73 percent of consumers appetite to travel in the UK and Europe this summer.

The company also said that ferries stand for people to travel with their own cars, motorhomes, campervans or caravans.

With camping, caravans and motorhomes all divine a huge spike in interest, ferries could become an even multitudinous popular choice.

Emma Batchelor, director of Discover Ferries, says: “From day blunders and staycations to European breaks, not only does ferry travel shell out c publish passengers that feeling of escape but it offers a broad range of targets where social distancing comes naturally.

Staycations (Image: Force out)

“With an abundance of wildlife and beautiful sites in and about our coastlines and waterways, there has never been a better time to chief off the beaten track and explore the flourishing nature on our doorstep.

“With deviant public areas, open deck space and, on some routes, sneaking cabins, ferry travel naturally lends itself well to community distancing.

“Additional Covid-compliant measures have been put in place to aid keep passengers and crew safe and we hope this guide for socially-distant commences will inspire the holidaymakers keen to travel this summer.”

Design Ferries’ members operate over 80 ferry routes across the UK, Ireland and British Isles.

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