Dunkerke ferry

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I know this general subject has been covered before, especially by
Clive, and thanks for the previous info Clive.
So I intend to go back to UK this month leaving Dunkerke on Norfolk
Line as advised. I have found the 19 quid tickets and ready to go (I
am paying for the ticket this time!). I see that the passage time is
two hours. Just to help me with my ETA Dunkerke and for background
info, can anyone tell me what the ferry turnround time at that port
is please? I see that they operate three ships.
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN Bosnia surplus
 
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I can't help much with the turnaround time but I am puzzled. Why do
you want to know?, unless you are coming back on the same ship.
I can tell you that the offloading is fairly average for a ship, never
going to beat the tunnel but fast enough.
Regards, Clive.
 
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Gareth wrote...
Re - ferry: in my experience one of the most telling factors is where you get loaded on the ferry and hence the effect on where in the scheme of things you get unloaded at the other end. First on is not necessarily first off. I have used the priority booking / loading / offloading scheme with Brittany ferries on a few occasions - well worth the extra. On past occasions I have been stuck on a ferry for over an hour whilst everybody else disembarked.
SNIP
Thanks Gareth, so you have no experience of Norfolk Line then, its
looks like its just Clive who has the experience. On my last trip
back with the trailer I just turned-up at Calais and somehow got to
the head of a queue behind the bow doors which was very
convenient. But Clive's experience has been a revelation and I am
very keen to take the trip in the early hours for 19 quid. I just
want a little more info on turnround time cos only about 4 trips a
day are 19 quid and if I miss one, I may have to wait on the dock
through to the following midnight before the next cheap space.
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN Bosnia surplus
 
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Hello guys,
This is precisely why Dover - Calais is so convenient to use. All you
have to bother is to turn up on time on your way out. I once missed
the return ferry by three months and they didn't even ask why. Just
wondering it it would be the same on the Dover - Dunquerque line.
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Roman (London, UK)
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Jon,
I havn't told you the rest, I also checked out Norfolk line on
the phone, if you turn up for a ferry different to the one you booked
then there is a theoretical =A310 fee. I have done this and not been
charged. If you phone them to tell them of your change then there is
no fee.
They seen casual about most things. I booked an ex army lorry on
as a motorhome, which it is, and it was =A319 with no question at all
when I turned up.
Dissembarkation is fairly quick, nowhere near the hour quoted
above. There are no coaches or foot passengers, maybe this makes a
difference to the time, it certainly makes a difference to the space
on board.
As a point of interest. When you leave Dunkerke you are only
about 5Km further from the main A26 french motorway than at Calais.
Regards, Clive.
 
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Roman wrote...
This is precisely why Dover - Calais is so convenient to use. All you
have to bother is to turn up on time on your way out. I once missed
the return ferry by three months and they didn't even ask why. Just
wondering it it would be the same on the Dover - Dunquerque line.
SNIP
Thanks Roman, but I am more worried about being three minutes late
not months ! I agree Calais is much better now they have the new
road and collecting area. But the price is not so good, so I thought
it time to follow Clive's previous advice as he is so enthusiastic
about Norfolk Line.
Clive then wrote...
I havn't told you the rest, I also checked out Norfolk line on
the phone, if you turn up for a ferry different to the one you booked
then there is a theoretical =A310 fee. I have done this and not been
charged. If you phone them to tell them of your change then there is
no fee.........
They seen casual about most things.......
As a point of interest. When you leave Dunkerke you are only
about 5Km further from the main A26 french motorway than at Calais.
SNIP
Thanks Clive, even more good reasons to go with them, and I am
pleased they can be flexible for late arrivals. Much more of a
problem for those travelling across Europe to meet a time than those
driving to Dover (M25 delays accepted). I am not so bothered about
saving time on the road mileage to Calais, but have to say that I
find that coast road very dangerous to drive in the evening as the
sun is often in direct line of sight as soon as one turns left at
Dunkerke. Also the Brits strange to driving on the left can be a pain
when travelling out of Calais after landing. They are somewhat more
spread-out by they get down the road to Dunkerke.
Anyway, I will report back when I have made the trip, thanks both.
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN Bosnia surplus
 
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