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sapper
17th October 2018, 03:37 PM
Trying to book a holiday in Isle of Scilly for next year. Ferry company want full payment when I book.
Question, anyone been there and how long before your holiday did you book the ferry? I don't want to pay loads of money that will sit in the ferry companies bank account for 11 months.

MJ224
17th October 2018, 03:54 PM
One of my favourite holiday spots, but alas I take my own ferry over.....

All I am sure of is that the ferry is the most economical way to get there, chopper from Newquay is very expensive..

Where are you staying??

Walti
17th October 2018, 04:25 PM
Yup we found that the ferry was pay when booked! The flights look good as well!

We spent a week over there last year and were thoroughly impressed with the place.

The ferry crossing was great both ways for us and we were able to take whatever luggage we wanted - the flights seem more limited.

The ferry is a flat bottomed boat to allow it into the shallow harbour which means if you’re unlucky with the weather you have an unpleasant time.

Jim Ford
17th October 2018, 05:03 PM
One of my favourite holiday spots, but alas I take my own ferry over.....

All I am sure of is that the ferry is the most economical way to get there, chopper from Newquay is very expensive..


I thought that they'd stopped helicopter flights a year or so ago.

A friend of mine that went there a few years ago said that the locals stated that people going there by ferry often return by helicopter, because the sea voyage can be so rough and unpleasant!

Jim

Greytop
17th October 2018, 05:34 PM
The British International helicopter service from Penzance stopped in November 2012 just after we used the service that August british-international helicopters to close penzance to isles of scilly service (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/british-international-helicopters-to-close-penzance-to-isles-of-scilly-service-375208/)

Good news appears to be on the horizon though for 2020 https://penzanceheliport.co.uk/

sapper
17th October 2018, 05:37 PM
So...how soon did you folk book in advance?

Rebecca
17th October 2018, 06:48 PM
So...how soon did you folk book in advance?

Why not contact the company and inquire how busy the ferry usually is on your proposed date of travel and what would be the latest date they recommend to ensure a booking. ?

Just a suggestion. :)

Rebecca

TimP
17th October 2018, 06:57 PM
Is it worth the risk? Assuming you’ve booked accommodation and possibly other stuff then it seems daft to risk that simply because you don’t want the ferry company to have your money for up to a year? It’s not like you can earn any interest on it anyway!

Naughty Nigel
17th October 2018, 07:20 PM
Advance payment is standard practice with any ferry operator or airline for that matter. You may get a refundable ticket if you pay more or just take the chance.

MJ224
17th October 2018, 07:51 PM
I thought that they'd stopped helicopter flights a year or so ago.

A friend of mine that went there a few years ago said that the locals stated that people going there by ferry often return by helicopter, because the sea voyage can be so rough and unpleasant!

Jim

Yes the Penzance flights finished as you say. But they come from Newquay now, but maybe only on organised trips, ie to a specific hotel. Certainly saw and heard them in 2016 when I was last there.

However, they are supremely beautiful, and I have sailed there quite a few times, only once on the ferry in 1968! Well worth a holiday. Look forward seeing Dave's photos from there...

Phill D
18th October 2018, 08:13 AM
Yes I've often wondered about going there. Terrible sailor though so the ferry definitely puts me off.

sapper
18th October 2018, 12:27 PM
Is it worth the risk? Assuming you’ve booked accommodation and possibly other stuff then it seems daft to risk that simply because you don’t want the ferry company to have your money for up to a year? It’s not like you can earn any interest on it anyway!

Trouble is, the b& B want their share, the holiday in Penzance want their share and it all adds up. £440 on top of that is quite a chunk so I will give it a month then book, hoping the prices have stayed the same.

TimP
18th October 2018, 01:03 PM
Wow, does the ferry cost £440?? How long is the crossing fercryingoutloud? Poole to Cherbourg isn’t anything like that and it’s a decent boat, not just a vomitorium!

Saying that, we have to book air fares a year in advance (11 months actually as flights aren’t bookable before it seems) so for specific dates etc we often have that sort of money and more ‘invested’!

sapper
18th October 2018, 01:38 PM
Wow, does the ferry cost £440?? How long is the crossing fercryingoutloud? Poole to Cherbourg isn’t anything like that and it’s a decent boat, not just a vomitorium!

Saying that, we have to book air fares a year in advance (11 months actually as flights aren’t bookable before it seems) so for specific dates etc we often have that sort of money and more ‘invested’!

Sorry, £220.00. 2 adults return. The boat is flat bottomed so the crossing could be unpleasant if the sea is choppy.

Jim Ford
18th October 2018, 01:43 PM
The boat is flat bottomed so the crossing could be unpleasant if the sea is choppy.

What, is it a inflatable dingy like the refugees use in the Mediterranean?

;)

Jim

TimP
18th October 2018, 01:56 PM
Sorry, £220.00. 2 adults return. The boat is flat bottomed so the crossing could be unpleasant if the sea is choppy.

Still not sure of cost, is that the total cost of two adults there and back (£220) or does ferry for those two adults there and back actually cost the aforementioned £440?

Sorry for being thick but we’d been toying with the idea of going but those prices are enough to put me right off (without all the being sick stuff!)

Walti
18th October 2018, 02:52 PM
There is the Skybus (https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/skybus/) plane option toooo.....

TimP
18th October 2018, 03:28 PM
There is the Skybus (https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/skybus/) plane option toooo.....

Yeah, like that’s going to be cheaper....

Rebecca
18th October 2018, 04:10 PM
Yeah, like that’s going to be cheaper....

You only get what you pay for ! I would have thought £220 total return flight cost for 2 persons would be peanuts for all you wealthy retired Armchair Politicians. Don't forget the new helicopter service either :D

Rebecca

TimP
18th October 2018, 04:20 PM
......wealthy retired Armchair Politicians

Rebecca

Harrumph!

Bah

Jim Ford
18th October 2018, 05:58 PM
You only get what you pay for ! I would have thought £220 total return flight cost for 2 persons would be peanuts for all you wealthy retired Armchair Politicians. Don't forget the new helicopter service either

Completely beyond the means of a Lancashire Mill Girl, I would think!

;)

Jim

Zuiko
18th October 2018, 06:43 PM
You only get what you pay for ! I would have thought £220 total return flight cost for 2 persons would be peanuts for all you wealthy retired Armchair Politicians. Don't forget the new helicopter service either :D

Rebecca

You tell them, Rebecca! My idea of a holiday is 2 or 3 days staying with friends in Yorkshire. IIRC the Scilly Isles was a favourite holiday destination for Harold Wilson. Now there was a man who knew all about the value of the pound in your pocket! :D

Go ahead and book it Dave, and make sure you post the pictures here for us all to enjoy. :)

Rebecca
18th October 2018, 08:01 PM
Completely beyond the means of a Lancashire Mill Girl, I would think!

;)

Jim

Jim, did you arrive at that conclusion all by yourself ? I'm impressed !

Have you met many Lancashire Mill Girls ? Maybe you're a retired Lancashire mill owner now living in luxury within the M25. :)

If I ever had been a Lancashire Mill Girl, I may be forced to agree with you. ( just this once ).

Fortunately for me, I don't have to :D

Rebecca

TimP
18th October 2018, 08:14 PM
If I ever had been a Lancashire Mill Girl, I may be forced to agree with you. ( just this once ).



Rebecca
Does Jim do anything once?

sapper
18th October 2018, 08:17 PM
Still not sure of cost, is that the total cost of two adults there and back (£220) or does ferry for those two adults there and back actually cost the aforementioned £440?

Sorry for being thick but we’d been toying with the idea of going but those prices are enough to put me right off (without all the being sick stuff!)

Total cost is £220 for 2 adults return.

sapper
18th October 2018, 08:20 PM
You only get what you pay for ! I would have thought £220 total return flight cost for 2 persons would be peanuts for all you wealthy retired Armchair Politicians. Don't forget the new helicopter service either :D

Rebecca

Planes cost £356.

Rebecca
18th October 2018, 08:21 PM
Does Jim do anything once?

Sadly Tim, it would appear not. I'm expecting at least 3 more Mill Girl comments *chr

Rebecca

Jim Ford
18th October 2018, 08:25 PM
Does Jim do anything once?

I can see you've never met the 'Gateway Timeout' bug then.

Jim

Rebecca
18th October 2018, 08:26 PM
Planes cost £356.

I guess it depends on what value you place in keeping stomach contents where they were intended if the sea is rough :)

Rebecca

TimP
18th October 2018, 08:34 PM
Planes cost £356.

Talk about charging what you can get away with!

Saying that, we pulled out of a trip to South America and the Falklands because the Falklands flights alone were, I think, something like £1000 each, return. Just couldn’t afford / justify it.

TimP
18th October 2018, 08:35 PM
I guess it depends on what value you place in keeping stomach contents where they were intended if the sea is rough :)

Rebecca

Never been air sick then!

Rebecca
18th October 2018, 08:45 PM
Never been air sick then!

I've often been sick of flying but never air sick :)

Rebecca

DerekW
18th October 2018, 10:05 PM
A £1000 to get to the Falklands ounds pretty reasonable to me unless it was in 1982 and you were on the V Bomber going to Stanley.

MJ224
18th October 2018, 10:16 PM
(without all the being sick stuff!)

Come on man, you can cope I am sure. Only a three hour trip each way, you will go past 7 Stones where Torrey Canyon was bombed. A stiff Gin and Tonic or several should sort you out...………..*chr

I have had as many calm crossings as rough ones, though have to say the rough ones have been recently...…….:(

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=45308 My 2016 trip!

TimP
19th October 2018, 06:24 AM
The Falkland bit on its own was £1000 each, return. Just the bit from Ushuaia fo Stanley and back, on top of the cost to cross the pond. So total flights bill alone were looking to be in the region of 3-4K.

DerekW
19th October 2018, 08:12 AM
3 to 4k appears to be good value given the locations it was taking you to.

I reckon LHR to PHX return at about 4k is worthwhile (in Business Class) is acceptable.

Jim Ford
19th October 2018, 08:14 AM
The Falkland bit on its own was £1000 each, return. Just the bit from Ushuaia fo Stanley and back, on top of the cost to cross the pond. So total flights bill alone were looking to be in the region of 3-4K.

So you decided to stick to Lyme Regis in Dorset, then!

(This thread has travelled a long way - from the Scilly Isles to The Falklands!)

;)

Jim

TimP
19th October 2018, 09:17 AM
(This thread has travelled a long way - from the Scilly Isles to The Falklands!)

;)

Jim
Kind of, although I’ve not been to either in actual fact. I’m more likely to reconsider the Falklands in the shorter term and save the Scillies for our dotage. By then I’d expect we’ll have become used to being sick!

DerekW
19th October 2018, 11:26 AM
If you want to go to the Falklands and Antarctica - check out the various Hurtigruten cruises - the pro protographers plus other subject specialists give very good support.

Jim Ford
19th October 2018, 11:35 AM
I'd love to visit South Georgia. Just be dropped off with my camping gear and food, and left to myself for a month or so. I like the feeling of isolation and being alone!

Jim

TimP
19th October 2018, 11:52 AM
Considered Antarctica but the stories of the crossing are enough to put us both off!
We don’t do cruise ships unless the total number of passengers is less than 25, so much as we’d love to do it, I’m afraid The Antarctic is not going to happen. The Falklands is easy were it not for the cost.
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands would be fantastic but I suspect the hassle of getting there would be too great. We’re already getting fed up of the unpleasant experience that is long haul flights and starting to plan more European jaunts (Brexit permitting!)

Rebecca
19th October 2018, 12:15 PM
I'd love to visit South Georgia. Just be dropped off with my camping gear and food, and left to myself for a month or so. I like the feeling of isolation and being alone!

Jim

I'm amazed by that comment Jim. I would have thought a friendly, gregarious, affable soul like yourself would have relished the company of others. :)

However, now you've opened up and expressed your deepest emotions, if I were much more wealthy than a Lancashire Mill Girl, I would gladly contribute towards the cost of a one way ticket to South Georgia :D:D

Rebecca

TimP
19th October 2018, 12:36 PM
I'm amazed by that comment Jim. I would have thought a friendly, gregarious, affable soul like yourself would have relished the company of others. :)

However, now you've opened up and expressed your deepest emotions, if I were much more wealthy than a Lancashire Mill Girl, I would gladly contribute towards the cost of a one way ticket to South Georgia :D:D

Rebecca

Crowd funding is popular nowadays....worth a go?

Rebecca
19th October 2018, 01:05 PM
Crowd funding is popular nowadays....worth a go?

Tim ! Great idea, wish I'd thought of it *chr

Rebecca

Greytop
19th October 2018, 09:42 PM
Some images (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=35782) from our trip to the Scillies in 2012 :)

MJ224
19th October 2018, 10:41 PM
Thanks Huw, wonderful set of photos. I photo'd the golden pheasant on Tresco, but we called him Donald...……….*chr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4220/34559786854_2494c6b701_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UDVWA3)
Remind you of anyone? (https://flic.kr/p/UDVWA3) by Mark Johnson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/133688957@N08/), on Flickr

Phill D
20th October 2018, 06:19 AM
Nice to see those shots again Huw. Still not managed to get there. I might use them as a bit of an incentive for the management ;)

Greytop
20th October 2018, 09:38 AM
Thanks Huw, wonderful set of photos. I photo'd the golden pheasant on Tresco, but we called him Donald...……….*chr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4220/34559786854_2494c6b701_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UDVWA3)
Remind you of anyone? (https://flic.kr/p/UDVWA3) by Mark Johnson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/133688957@N08/), on Flickr

Yes, he looks familiar, when we visited there were several males strutting about the females.

Nice to see those shots again Huw. Still not managed to get there. I might use them as a bit of an incentive for the management ;)

Thanks Phill, it's on our list to return at some point, especially now a helicopter service from Penzance looks to be in place from 2020.