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Posted: 13.11.2020  ·  #1
Irish ferries seem to have released bookings for the high and shoulder season today. Last week in May through to 3rd October. Looks like they hope to capitalise on people rushing to book. My trip from last year, 16th Aug to 27th September has increased by €200 for the same dates this year. What is even more ridiculous is a trip from end of May to end of June 2 people, 7 metre van and 1 window 2 berth cabin is approx €920. They have upped the deposit to €150 but are giving free flexibility on booking change.

I think I will wait a while.

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The other half had a look a couple of days ago and they had released dates for January and they were quite expensive for time of year. As you say Davy think I will hold off as well.


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Rip off again. They know people are desperate

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Posted: 13.11.2020  ·  #4
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Rip off again. They know people are desperate



I really hope that people see this for what it is, let the rip off merchants keep their so called deals.
Enjoy what this great country has to offer,then the better deals will come.


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We should probably stop making enquiries, if they think you're not interested they'll maybe worry and get back to realistic prices


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We should probably stop making enquiries, if they think you're not interested they'll maybe worry and get back to realistic prices



Or else start telling them that we are just making enquiries for a laugh.😅😂


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Posted: 14.11.2020  ·  #7
Just checked. €670 for a trip next September. Think it was to be €480 this year. Even taking off my €100 deposit that they still hold, it will be hard to justify that amount. Think we will hold off also.

I wonder how many deposit they are holding!

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We should probably stop making enquiries, if they think you're not interested they'll maybe worry and get back to realistic prices


No, take a screenshot when you have the quote in print and send it to the minister for transport and tourism and the competition authority.

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My daughter travelled back with them in September. Dublin Holyhead in a Fiesta was €270 one way and then they had the cheek to put her on the late PM sailing after her booking 8.00am. The whole travel industry will seek to recoup through hiking prices with pent up demand...let's see how the economy hold ups.

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thats a fact, no doubt


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I have also looked at booking a trip for 2021, we had paid the full €1060 for our trip in August, we got a credit note for full amount, I have just been priced €1780 to go end of June.
Can't say I'm too impressed

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I have also looked at booking a trip for 2021, we had paid the full €1060 for our trip in August, we got a credit note for full amount, I have just been priced €1780 to go end of June.
Can't say I'm too impressed


Did they give you the credit for the €1060, I can't see anyone going at €1780 in June


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Well...I wont be helping them claw back their 2020 losses that's for sure...Robbing b@stards


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Did they give you the credit for the €1060, I can't see anyone going at €1780 in June
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Yes I got full credit note thankfully, we will more likely go via Holyhead and tunnel, and use excess for another trip to Wales and Scoland maybe.


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Surely these credit notes are a rip off in their own right, they have now got your money and you have got a piece of paper telling you that when you decide to spend your credit you will then have to top it up to whatever the inflated price they now decide to charge.
Dick Turpin at least wore a mask.

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It looks that way, only good thing is you can use it on any Irish ferry sailing,


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It looks that way, only good thing is you can use it on any Irish ferry sailing,


And they will all be members of the rip off Club.


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That’s shocking. A complete rip-off. Hopefully these proposed extra journeys will have them seeking to fill the boats, and prices might drop. .............
And they all lived happily ever after😀

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Daffy it will all work well as long as they do not get the avalanche of ferry traffic that they are expecting.
Then they will have to eat humble pie and reduce their extortionate prices.
This goes for all the other rip off merchants either by ferry or air traffic .

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A lot depended on when you decided not to travel with Irish ferries. At the start of the lockdown I cancelled our May /June (approx) and because I had the flexible option and cancelled early I got all of my money back. I had only paid the €100 deposit at that stage and only lost the flexibility fee.
We were due to go in mid August again. We had paid in full and hoped to go to France. However shortly before the potential departure the Uk government advised against travel to France leaving us potentially without insurance cover. The ferry was still running of course so to cancel would be our choice and we would have lost a large percentage of the fare, so transfer (at no loss) to 2021 was probably the least worst option. We have used Irish ferries every year for 10 years, usually twice a year.
A like for like costing shows an increase of some €200 for 2021. It was a no brainier that costs would rise. We just have to run with it. I dare say many other areas of life will be subject to price rises, wether justified or not.
I have spent 60 years trailing round Ireland in my families caravan, then my caravan and eventually a Motorhome. If it takes an extra €200 to get to France/Spain then so be it. Assuming some sort of normality we will do our usual trips of varying length round Ireland, but having already lost one year and being 67 shortly, time is starting to be a factor in making the most of the potential years ahead for foreign travel.

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A lot depended on when you decided not to travel with Irish ferries. At the start of the lockdown I cancelled our May /June (approx) and because I had the flexible option and cancelled early I got all of my money back. I had only paid the €100 deposit at that stage and only lost the flexibility fee.
We were due to go in mid August again. We had paid in full and hoped to go to France. However shortly before the potential departure the Uk government advised against travel to France leaving us potentially without insurance cover. The ferry was still running of course so to cancel would be our choice and we would have lost a large percentage of the fare, so transfer (at no loss) to 2021 was probably the least worst option. We have used Irish ferries every year for 10 years, usually twice a year.
A like for like costing shows an increase of some €200 for 2021. It was a no brainier that costs would rise. We just have to run with it. I dare say many other areas of life will be subject to price rises, wether justified or not.
I have spent 60 years trailing round Ireland in my families caravan, then my caravan and eventually a Motorhome. If it takes an extra €200 to get to France/Spain then so be it. Assuming some sort of normality we will do our usual trips of varying length round Ireland, but having already lost one year and being 67 shortly, time is starting to be a factor in making the most of the potential years ahead for foreign travel.

Davy




Very good point David,I just hope that people with your outlook are not ripped off in order to balance the books for these cartels.


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I think there is no doubt that we shall all pay for the nearly 9 months now of disrupted life wether by ferry companies, airlines, or campsites. I think that will all be small fry compared to the future attempts by governments all over the world trying to claw back some of the lost taxes and benefits paid to workers.

A quote springs to mind “life’s a bitch and then you die”

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I think there is no doubt that we shall all pay for the nearly 9 months now of disrupted life wether by ferry companies, airlines, or campsites. I think that will all be small fry compared to the future attempts by governments all over the world trying to claw back some of the lost taxes and benefits paid to workers.

A quote springs to mind “life’s a bitch and then you die”

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Couldn't agree more Davy. Irish ferries like a lot of travel related companies will be screwing us all to recoup losses but nothing compared to the claw back the government's will carry out.


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We really need a new operator on the Ireland - France route to shake the market up. These outrageous fares should make it more attractive for a new operator who is looking to build market share by undercutting the incumbents.

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I had to laugh, even last years deposit that they still hold is not good enough. Deposit is now €150, but they are including ‘free’ flexibility. Must read the small print.

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Irish ferries seem to have released bookings for the high and shoulder season today. Last week in May through to 3rd October. Looks like they hope to capitalise on people rushing to book. My trip from last year, 16th Aug to 27th September has increased by €200 for the same dates this year. What is even more ridiculous is a trip from end of May to end of June 2 people, 7 metre van and 1 window 2 berth cabin is approx €920. They have upped the deposit to €150 but are giving free flexibility on booking change.

I think I will wait a while.

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looked at it myself for us and the dog, nearly 1000 in may and june, they can shove it, Irish ferries have pushed and pushed for this past 8 year , now making it way cheaper to drive across UK , mad

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Wa going through some old paperwork and things and came across these booking confirmations
 

 

Nearly €100 cheaper 14 years later
Came across another booking for June 2019 so did comparison for 2021
 

 

 

Big jump in price.


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I used to get twice a year for about £50 a time using my Tesco vouchers. How times have changed


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I know ferry prices are increasing substantially but so is the cost of staying in Ireland.
In the summer just gone many caravan and camping parks hiked their prices and required seven-night minimum stays, if you could get in in the first place.
2021 year isn't looking much better, I've just heard that the 'aire' in Eyeries will be €15 p/n + €5 for ehu.

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It was that this summer, when we were there


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It was that this summer, when we were there


Same here, and Castletownbere is only a few miles away and free so I don't know what his thinking is there

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