Making the journey from Dover, England to Callais, France by Ferry was a cool experience. It was my first time on a large ferry. I was surprised by how large the ship actually was. I was travelling with a tour group and we had to take the ferry in order to travel from England to France. On board the ferry you could use either Euros or Pounds. There were over 7 levels on the ferry, and quite a bit to explore. On the first ferry ride the sky was overcast and gloomy. The English Channel was a lot larger than I had imagined in my head and was choppy, but other than the normal sea leg feeling it was still a smooth sail.
I had always heard about the White Cliffs of Dover, and it was a fascinating experience being able to see them fade into the distance as we sailed away from England. On board the ferry ship there was a duty-free shop, casino area, and arcade, and several bar areas, cafes and restaurants. There was ample seating and many windows to enjoy the views. The views on the return journey were definitely more captivating as the sun shone brightly upon the blue sea. You could sit inside and escape the cold wind and listen or watch music videos on the television (ironically enough in English), or you could brave the various deck views. You could climb to the top of the ship or watch from the front or the back.
The journey was about 2 hours long, and it was an incredibly relaxing way to travel from one country to the next in a matter of hours. You also had the added benefit of duty-free shopping for things such as tobacco and French wine. I saw many people with cases of wine. Unfortunately, I had a long journey ahead and my purchases couldn’t include such novelties…though it would’ve been nice!
Many people will decide to fly, or take a train, but I believe that the ferry was a unique view and experience. I would recommend it to everyone. Just make sure that you have all of your passports and paperwork in line, because the customs officials can be very intimidating and strict.
I apologize for not having more pictures of the interior of the ferry, but I was so busy exploring and visiting…that I forgot to snap a few. 🙂
As you continue to explore the many countries and modes of travel… I’m sure you will see that the discoveries continue to be endless….