Many of us parents can remember clearly our first-ever ferry crossing as children – and some of us may even have some old family photos to prove it!
Maybe it was experiencing the sea air on a ferry trip to the Isle of Wight in the half-term holidays; or en route from Dover to Calais, slipping across the Channel to get your first exciting glimpse of France; or perhaps driving up the ramp in Harwich before heading out to Holland across the expanse of the North Sea. Of course, today’s ferries couldn’t be more different from those of 30 or so years ago – and last year, more than 39million people travelled to and from the UK on over 75 ferry routes – both domestic and European – in state-of-the-art vessels run by some 12 ferry operators.
With National Ferry Fortnight coming up in March (5-19), we’ve teamed up with the organisers – ferry industry body Discover Ferries – to capture some of those precious early family ferry memories of yours.
They could be pictorial – an old family photograph taken onboard your first ferry trip – or a short paragraph (no more than 50 words) highlighting your first- ever ferry ‘adventure’. You must submit your entries by our deadline of 31 January.
This year’s National Ferry Fortnight has the theme: ‘Be a Ferry First Timer’. So, your own first-time memories could not only set the scene for those who’ve never travelled by ferry, but could inspire others who want to try new and different ferry routes for the first time.
We plan to feature the very best examples of your ‘Family Ferry Memories’ in our March/April issue, as part of our 24-page Ferry Fortnight Special. Our writers will be focusing on the no-hassle benefits of taking your family by car on modern ferries with extensive onboard facilities, driving to a simply amazing array of ferry holiday destinations.
The three best ‘Family Ferry Memories’ entries – of either submitted photos or short paragraph descriptions, will receive a return car-ferry crossing (your own car) for up to five people of your choice at any time in 2016.
To help you choose your ferry prize route, simply visit discoverferries.com and look at a ferry route map and links to the websites of all 12 participating operators – Brittany Ferries; CalMac; Condor Ferries; DFDS Seaways; Isle of Man Steam Packet Company; Irish Ferries; Isles of Scilly Steamship Group; NorthLink Ferries; P&O Ferries; Stena Line; Red Funnel; and Wightlink.
Good luck to you all!