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26 February 2015 17:26 - General Press Release

Condor Ferries grants five-year-old Blake his wish to become a Captain for the day

Condor Ferries welcomed a very special passenger on-board its ferry in Weymouth this morning (Thursday 26th February) as five-year-old Blake Mancinelli was granted his wish to become a Captain for the day.
The day-trip on-board followed the company’s Christmas Wish initiative which involved staff voting for those they deemed worthy of a reward. Condor Ferries employee Emma Stone nominated Blake to be granted the experience alongside his family and school friends. Inspirational Blake has been suffering from brain tumour in since September 2013, and despite his illness, is full of enthusiasm and never lets life get him down.


Following their arrival at Weymouth Port, Blake and his reception class and teachers from Upton Infant School in Poole, were issued their boarding passes, checked in their school book bags and given a safety talk before spending a fun-filled day on the ferry. Throughout the ‘crossing’ children were given the chance to take full advantage of the dressing up costumes found in the soft-seated children’s play area, naturally with Blake wearing the Captain’s uniform.


Condor staff facilitated the visit and pupils were taken on a tour of the ferry, including a visit to the bridge, and learnt about the destinations Condor sails to, including the Channel Islands and France, before enjoying a delicious lunch on-board. Before disembarking the ferry, they were each provided with a Condor Ferries’ goodie bag including memorabilia to remind them of the special visit.


Justin Amey, Marketing Manager at Condor Ferries, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Blake and his school friends on-board this week. It was great to see the children’s interest and intrigue in the ship – they were all very keen to learn more about how she works and the destinations she sails to. It was a brilliant day and lovely to see Blake and his classmates enjoying themselves – it’s what the Condor Ferries Christmas Wish initiative is all about.”


Upton Infant School Head Teacher, Nigel Helm added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the team at Condor Ferries for arranging the school visit at Weymouth Port for Blake and his class. The on-board crew were very accommodating and provided such a fun and educational experience for both the children and teachers. Blake is such a special and valued pupil - he certainly deserved to have his wish granted to become a Captain for the day!”


From the end of March, all journeys to the Channel Islands will be on Condor Liberation from Poole, offering improved reliability, increased capacity, and a much greater level of comfort with smoother journeys. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.


To find out more about the special offers available and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com.

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24 February 2015 11:28 - General Press Release

Last chance to save 20%

Last chance to save 20% with Condor Ferries


There’s just a few days left to save 20% on bookings with Condor Ferries.
Savvy passengers planning ahead can save an amazing 20% on trips to the Channel Islands or France this summer, but time is ticking – bookings must be made before 28th February 2015.


The offer is available for anyone booking to travel on the fast ferry sailings from Poole, as well as on the conventional sailings from Portsmouth. What’s more, bookings can now be made for travel right up to November 2015 for anyone looking to plan even further ahead.


Passengers travelling in 2015 can also look forward to sailing on Condor’s new state-of-the-art high speed ferry, Condor Liberation. From the end of March, Condor Liberation will sail to both Jersey and Guernsey from Poole, offering passengers a smoother journey in ultimate comfort and superior style.


The Channel Islands offer an ideal family holiday destination, with Jersey and Guernsey named as two of the warmest places in the British Isles, perfect for enjoying the safe, sandy beaches on a spring or early summer break. Travelling by sea also means passengers can pack everything they need, from surfboards to bikes, golf clubs to family pets, without having to worry about baggage restrictions.


Justin Amey, Marketing Manager at Condor Ferries, commented: “We know that the cost of an annual holiday with family or friends can quickly mount up, so we’re delighted to be able to offer a 20% saving on early bookings. Easter and the summer holidays will soon be upon us - by booking now we hope to save our passengers some money on their break.”


All Condor Ferries fares include vehicle and luggage, no booking fee, no additional taxes and no debit and credit card charges. Demand is already high for Condor Ferries’ spring and summer crossings. For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com. Passengers booking online will also receive an additional £5 discount.

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12 February 2015 09:00 - Channel Islands Press Release

Condor Ferries Mascot competition

The search is on for a mascot for Condor Ferries! Enter our exciting competition and you could see your design brought to life as the loveable character that will become the face of Condor Ferries and will appear on-board and across the islands.


If you are aged between 5 and 16, it’s time to start thinking about what Condor Ferries means to you and what sort of character would best reflect its personality.

 

To Enter:

Download your entry form here and follow the instructions.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
  • The winning entries will be chosen by a selected panel of judges. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The promoter cannot accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, damaged or delayed in transit.
  • Entries must be received no later than 5pm Monday, 2 March 2015. Winners will be contacted by Friday 13 March 2015.
  • In entering this competition you transfer the rights of your design to Condor Ferries for commercial use.

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05 February 2015 09:00 - UK Press Release

Passport free Travel with Condor Ferries

As the British passport celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Queen remains the only person who doesn’t need one to travel abroad. But not having a passport doesn’t need to blight sun seekers plans this summer, as travel to the idyllic Channel Islands is passport free with Condor Ferries.

Holidaymakers can forget about expensive fees and delays at the passport office, and instead opt to travel to the beautiful islands of Guernsey and Jersey. Offering white sand beaches and turquoise seas, the Islands are just a few hours away - and with fast ferries sailings from Poole and Weymouth, holidaymakers simply need to board the ship, sit back, relax and take in the stunning scenery across the English Channel.

From the end of March, all journeys will be on Condor’s new state-of-the-art high speed ferry, Condor Liberation from her UK base of Poole. Offering improved reliability, increased capacity, and a much greater level of comfort with smoother journeys, Condor Liberation marks a new era of sea travel that is set to revolutionise ferry travel to the Islands for years to come.

Situated in Baie de St Malo between England and France, Guernsey and Jersey enjoy some of the best weather in the UK, making them a perfect family holiday destination to explore the safe, sandy beaches, rock pools and peaceful countryside. With accommodation on offer to suit all budgets from camping and self catering to exceptional hotels plus wealth of attractions to visit, families with toddlers can enjoy a relaxing stay whilst keeping their little ones entertained.

But holidaymakers shouldn’t be fooled into thinking the Channel Islands are just a family destination - for the wild at heart, there’s plenty of high-adrenaline water sports on offer, with Jersey’s St. Ouens Bay boasting one of the best beaches for surfing in the UK, while savvy shoppers can get their retail therapy fix with tax free shopping where big savings can be made on jewellery, photographic and electrical goods. And with no luggage restrictions on Condor Ferries, holidaymakers can pack everything they need, even including the family pet! 

Alicia Andrews, Executive Director – Commercial at Condor Ferries, commented: “Us Brits long for our holidays – they’re supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation, but travelling abroad can often be a stressful experience. Travel to the Channel Islands couldn’t be easier –no passports are required, and with our regular fast ferry services, holidaymakers can be topping up their tans in just two and half hours.”

For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com.

Visit http://102.condorferries.co.uk/ to keep up to date with news about Condor Liberation. 

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