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Does anybody know what's going on

AdvantagesFast, fairly comfortable, quite cheap

DisadvantagesPunctuality is a bit out, staff seem quite disorganised

"...the pleasure of visiting the Isle of Man. For this trip, your choices are limited to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company or various airlines which are completely impractical if you want to take the car and fairly expensive. With this in mind, I booked a return for two people from Liverpool to Douglas, a snip at a mere £42 per person for foot passengers plus bicycles travel free. More about bicycles later though. We arrived at Liverpool for our ..." Read review
22.04.2003

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Community Level 1HWIOM

HWIOM

Steam Packet Heysham - Isle of Man

AdvantagesGood value if you travel overnight

DisadvantagesExpensive if you don't

"I live on the Isle of Man so if I want to get on and off the Island with my car the Steam Packet is my only choice. In general their service is pretty good and fairly punctual. Considering the prevailing weather and sea conditions in the Irish Sea they keep pretty close to the timetable most of the time. The Ben My Chree (which means "Girl of my Heart" in Manx)is a small ferry if you are used to cross Channel ferries. It runs from Douglas to ..." Read review
08.07.2003

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Community Level 2SaikatSantra

SaikatSantra

Liverpool-Douglas Pot Luck

AdvantagesPrice

DisadvantagesPunctuality not great, Some ferries very cramped

"...a short break in the Isle of Man and we used the IOM Steam Packet car ferry to get there. It's cheaper than flying (particularly for the 4 of us) and you don't have to worry about getting to and from airports etc., as you can take your car there. That said it is still quite expensive - but it's cheaper if you book your accommodation and travel through their tour operator Magic Holidays. Liverpool is easy to get to from the Motorway network- although ..." Read review
17.08.2001

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Community Level 6Dalesman

Dalesman

Heysham - Douglas

Advantagesyou can take the car

Disadvantagesgrossly expensive, and basic accomadation on board

"...have days out on the Isle of Man, it is a shame that the Isle of Man steam packet Co doen't have any competition as their fares are astronomically high when compared to other UK ferry companies tariffs, and also when time on board and distance travelled is taken into consideration.... The island is a beatiful place to visit, and there is lots to do and see, but the high cost of travelling there by ferry must be putting a lot of people off travelling ..." Read review
21.08.2000

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gmkneen

Isle of Man Steam Packet

Advantages It runs every day

Disadvantages it doesn't run if its too windy

"I live on the isle of man, we have a popular saying to folk who come over the water, "if you don't like it, there is a boat in the morning" this is true today as it has ever been. The steam packet is the only passenger service operating to and from the island. Douglas is the main port. Today there are six crossings, the main route is to Heyshem near Lancaster. Heyshem or Heysham, depending where your from from, is best described as a hovel, the ..." Read review
28.03.2007

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Community Level 2EHKodiak

EHKodiak

Sailing.... slowly

AdvantagesCheapest way to get to the island

DisadvantagesBoats are often late

"The Isle of Man Steampacket is the cheapest and unfortuanetly, slowest way to get to or from the Isle of Man. The boats travel to numerous destinations ; Douglas, Belfast, Liverpool, Heysham and Dublin, and usually have twice daily sailings to each destination. When I generally use the Steampacket, I sail from Douglas to either Liverpool or Heysham. The boats themselves are rather large cargo ferries, and are the only way to ship your car over ..." Read review
31.10.2005

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mcourt

Rubbish, overpriced, inflexible, rude, dishonest

AdvantagesMarginally better than swimming across dragging your car behind you. Marginally.

DisadvantagesInflexible, over priced, takes too long, the ferry is rubbish and is in need of a refit, terrible

"I used the Steam Packet Ferry from Heysham to Douglas for the 2009 TT races. Granted, we booked it late but we booked it on the proviso that we could stand in line for stand by to come back a day early, we would not have booked it if we couldn't take our chances on getting back on the Sunday. I went down to the terminal at 6am on the Sunday trying to get on any of the departures that day (I had a booking for the next day, the Monday) to anywhere (L'Pool ..." Read review
14.06.2009

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Community Level 1JamieSmith...

JamieSmith1969

Overpriced - Monopoly

AdvantagesRegular Service

DisadvantagesExpensive, can be overcrowded

"...have family living on the isle of Man, and have travelled mainly from Haysham to Douglas using the Ben-my-chree on many occasions. I find that the main problem is the high cost of travel, this hinders the amount of times we can visit, for example 2 adults and 1 11 year old travelling as foot passengers, sailing at 215am on a Friday returning the following Friday at 8.45am costs £93.00, to park the car at Heysham for 7 days costs a further £42.00 ..." Read review
15.06.2007

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Community Level 1Clairepearse

Clairepearse

IOM Stream Packet - A shamble

AdvantagesNone that I can think of!

DisadvantagesThe Steam Packet need to train there staff!!

"I have lived on the Isle of Man for 22 Years. I now live in the UK and recently tried to book a trip to the Isle of Man by boat and Rail from Cambridge. Naturally I thought the best thing to do was to contact the IOM Steam Packet - WRONG. I got through to them by Telephone, they told me the cost and then went ahead with taking my details. I thought things were going well, unitl I asked when I could expect my tickets to arrive at my Home in Cambridge. ..." Read review
05.10.2000

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