We travelled with Condor Ferries to Guernsey. This is because it is the only way to travel to the island with your car.
Before we decided on the ferry we did look at flying to Guernsey with either Flybe or Aurigny but there were two things that put us off. Firstly the cost and secondly the fact that although small, a car is the best way to get around Guernsey and see all the sights.
I booked the ferry to Guernsey with France Ferry Booker. The only ferry company to operate the service to Guernsey is with Condor Ferries.
Now our friends had told us that although the Condor Liberation was quicker it was often bumpier. This is because the Condor Liberation is a catamaran. As the rest of the family often feel seasick we decided to go for the longer less bumpy ferry, the Condor Clipper.
The Condor Clipper
Now although less bumpy the Condor Clipper takes a lot longer to cross the channel. The Liberation takes somewhere around 3 hours to travel from Poole to Guernsey whilst the Clipper is around 7 hours from Portsmouth to Guernsey.
With the Condor Clipper the only sailing time that was appropriate was at 9am in the morning. To save us having to stay overnight I decided that I would drive up from Devon to Portsmouth on the morning of the ferry. Surprisingly the journey was really easy and despite having to get up really early we had a great drive up.
The Condor Clipper is a fairly old and dated vessel. The seats are relatively uncomfortable and I would recommend anyone planning to travel to upgrade the seats or get a cabin. Saying that the ferry was very clean, food was superb and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
Although we chose the Clipper on the way to Guernsey, due to the travel dates we opted for the Condor Liberation on the return journey to Poole.
The Condor Liberation
What a surprise we had. Despite the seas being a little tougher and the vessel rocking more so than the Clipper, none of the family were ill. The journey only took around 3 hours and the seats are somewhat more comfortable. Everyone gets an airline styled seat which are very comfortable and although it is possible to upgrade we were more than happy.
If we were travelling to Guernsey again we wouldn’t hesitate in taking the ferry although I think next time I would either do a night crowing with a cabin on the Condor Clipper or just take the chance on decent weather on the Liberation.