If you are taking a long overnight crossing and you have children you may prefer to book a cabin. If you do not have children, then you can reserve recliner seats which are less expensive. However, before booking your crossing you need to decide which crossing you want to take - read the information below which should help you decide. Dover to Calais is a short crossing for those who wish to save money or who do not especially enjoy sailing. The crossing is short (about 90 minutes), however you have a long journey in France (about 400 miles). If you are in no rush, it may be a good idea to break the journey in France. Hotels in France are much less expensive than in the UK.
By choosing the Dover to Calais crossing (or the tunnel), you will make a significant saving on the price of the crossing, less than half the price of the other cross-channel routes. Despite the long drive in France, you will find it less stressful than driving in the UK. The roads in France are excellent, the density of traffic is much less and there are no heavy goods vehicles on the road on a Sunday.
Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Caen are long crossings (5 to 6 hours) and you will have plenty of time to unwind and rest and enjoy the luxury facilities the modern cross-channel ferries have to offer, eg. Casino, bars, restaurants, shops and cinemas (depending on the boat). Portsmouth to St Malo is another popular crossing. It is now very convenient to fly to Nantes from London City airport with Air France, from London Gatwick or Manchester with Flybe, and from Leeds or Dublin with Ryanair. The pool is a fantastic resource, mainly because it is such a good temperature.