Ferry Partners

Our valued ferry partners support all aspects of the ferry industry from providing satellite communications and Wi-Fi at sea, running the ports that the ferries sail from and managing fantastic campsites when you get to your destination. Here they are organised by ferry partners who provide services directly to consumers, partners who run the ports and those that provide services to the ferry operators. Our ferry partners are critical to the ongoing success of ferry travel and we’re proud to feature them on our website.



AFerry.co.uk, the world’s leading ferry website and The Travel Gateway’s leading online ferry brand, features real-time comparison technology for ferries, generating over 65 million unique visitors per year and over 3,500 bookings per day. Founded in 1997, AFerry.co.uk has been an industry leader for nearly two decades and has strong relationships with ferry companies from across the globe. Not only can AFerry.co.uk service all your UK ferry needs, but this handy site covers European, Asian and American routes too – over 1,800 routes around the world from over 140 ferry companies. With apps for iPhone and Android, and a website optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop devices you can compare and book ferries from wherever you are with ease.


Direct Ferries

Direct Ferries is a global ferry ticketing service offering a quick and easy way to look, compare and book 1000’s of scheduled ferry crossings to virtually any ferry port in Europe with services also available throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. By using a ferry comparison site such as Direct Ferries you have access to all ferry routes in one quick and easy search as well as access to the best ferry deals meaning you get the widest choice at the lowest price. As well as a great reputation within the industry we have provided the best price, choice and service to many millions of customers since our inception in 1999 and are ranked no.1 on independent review sites such as Feefo and Trustpilot.


DMG Media

We are the consumer media company of DMGT, an international business built on entrepreneurship and innovation, which brings together leading companies and talented people to provide businesses and consumers with high-quality analysis and insight, information, news and entertainment. Our portfolio of class leading brands include Mail Online and Metro. DMG media is committed to sharing breaking news, media intelligence and digital information with our millions of customers around the world.


Shearings Holidays

Established in 1903, Shearings Holidays is an award-winning escorted tour operator, for the over 50s, offering a broad range of holidays to the UK, Europe and beyond. We have over 100 years’ experience of planning and providing holidays, serving over 500,000 customers every year, including self drive customers. The high quality of our products has been recognized in prestigious award ceremonies including the British Travel Award for Best Large Coach Holiday Company in 2014, and the UK Coach Awards for Best Coach Travel Programme. Although best known for coach tours, Shearings also offers a superb selection of amazing holidays by air and rail, as well as an extraordinary range of beautiful river cruises, sailing along some of Europe’s most enchanting waterways. There’s an assortment of inspiring itineraries to choose from, including Battlefield tours, Festivals and Events breaks, and premium Grand Tourer holidays. We’re proud to work closely with the main ferry operators to provide customers with smooth crossings and enjoyable experiences throughout their journey with us.


The AA

The AA is one of the UK’s best known and most trusted brands. With over 40% of the roadside assistance market, the AA responds to an average of 10,000 breakdowns every day. Being the highest ranked of the major providers in the breakdown services market by “Which?” every year since 2007 provides independent recognition of our performance. The continued upgrading of “in van” state of the art diagnostic systems will further increase first time fix rates at the roadside. Alongside the core business of roadside assistance, the AA also has growing insurance and deriving services businesses.


The Camping and Caravanning Club

The Camping and Caravanning Club is the world’s oldest club for all forms of camping. The Club’s European Travel Service provides members with access to 183 European sites in 13 countries, a comprehensive winter sun camping programme where members can enjoy organised rallies in the company of like-minded campers in both Spain and Portugal, with get-togethers happening throughout the full winter period. We run European Escorted tours to 19 beautiful countries where members can explore amazing sights in the comfort of their own unit, as well as a range of worldwide touring holidays to destinations such as Canada, New Zealand, the USA, Argentina, South Africa and Australia, with the option to join a group tour or tailor-make your own adventure with our expert help. The Club works closely with ferry operators to provide the best value travel options for its members on crossings to and from Europe.


The Caravan Club

Join the biggest touring community in Europe. As a Caravan Club member you will get the lowest fares guaranteed at all major ferry operators. With sites in 16 different countries across Europe our experienced travel team can help you choose the best place to stay and book you a holiday at over 250 Caravan Club approved sites. Or if you prefer you can take one of our European tours or travel even further afield to tour the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia. With a £10 discount per night on pitch fees on our 200 UK Club sites and so many other benefits to joining.



Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and Europe’s most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise. In 2014 ABP and its customers handled 94.5 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.


Portsmouth International Port

Portsmouth International Port is the perfect gateway to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. The passenger terminal, opened in 2011, offers modern high standards and style in its glass and steel structure. Regular ferry services sail to Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre in Normandy and St Malo in Brittany, with Santander and Bilbao in Spain. Regular services also sail to Jersey and Guernsey.The Port aims to be the start of a passenger holiday experience, as well as transporting goods and freight to Europe and onward travel throughout the continent.


Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. Other successful businesses include a cruise and cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities. The business mix is diverse. With millions of passengers, cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses passing through on cross-Channel ferries each year, it’s no wonder we’re known as the ‘Gateway to Europe’. Ferry crossings are on offer 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, with a departure on average every 30 minutes when taken across all operator schedules. Foot passenger services at the Ferry Terminal operate between 06.00hrs and 19.30hrs. There are two ferry operators running ships from Dover; P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways. P&O operate ferries from Dover to Calais, while DFDS Seaways offers a service to both Calais and Dunkerque. Calais and Dunkerque are convenient destinations, providing quick and efficient links into the rest of France and Belgium. Calais offers quick access via road or rail into Paris, while Dunkirk is less than an hour’s drive from Bruges in Belgium. Quite Simply: £100 billion of trade handled per annum, £320 million GVA to the UK economy per annum, 5 million vehicles per annum, which includes 2.5 million freight vehicles per annum, over 13 million passengers per annum, supporting around 22,000 jobs (many of which are in the local community), safe handling of vessel movements every 10 minutes.


Port of Poole

Poole Harbour Commissioners are a Dorset trust port, based on the South Coast of England, and manages the beautiful, environmentally renowned Poole Harbour. Poole Harbour is Europe’s largest natural harbour and hosts numerous activities, events and organisations. Poole Harbour Commissioners operate the Port of Poole which provides facilities for ferries, cruise ships, liner services and bulk cargo operations. The port has been involved with cross channel ferry traffic since 1972, handling freight and passengers from Poole to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. The port currently hosts a Brittany Ferries daily service to Cherbourg and in 2015 was appointed the exclusive UK port for Condor Ferries’ high speed services to the Jersey and Guernsey. The attractive port, spread over 70 acres, operates two linkspans and a newly refurbished ferry terminal. Poole is well connected to the national road and rail networks and has recently been awarded the Dorset Business Award for Excellence in Customer Service.


Business Partners


Carus is totally committed to providing advanced Information Technology solutions for the travel and passenger shipping industry. For almost two decades, Carus has been serving a growing client base of ferry operators, providing unrivalled performance, reliability through tried and tested market-leading solutions across four continents, Carus’ clients serve more than 20 million passengers and five million vehicles every year. Carus has extensive experience in passenger vessel operations. Their industry experts from diverse fields in the IT and shipping industry can assist in streamlining your operations and developing your IT and sales & marketing strategies to increase revenue and improve your ROI. By using their specialised IT solutions for reservations, ticketing, on-board sales, information and entertainment, check-in, boarding control and business intelligence, you can be assured you have an IT partner who fully understands your business.



EMC specializes in mission-critical communications and content for organizations and people on the move in the most remote locations. At sea, on land and in the air, the company provides seamless, reliable connectivity and access. The company delivers mission-critical communications, Internet, live TV, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G/LTE services worldwide. EMC provides services tailored for the Ferry market as well as for the following sectors — cruise, energy, yachts, commercial shipping, mobile network operators, government, The United Nations (UN) & non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and global enterprises. EMC leverages its wholly-owned and operated satellite-terrestrial-cellular broadband network with fully meshed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports. The company also hires and trains its own field engineers to flexibly deploy support quickly around the world.



At the crossroad of business, design and technology, we work alongside our clients to innovate offerings, tap on business potential, and benefit on enhanced productivity. We assist companies all the way from an original challenge through captured value. Gathering deeper understanding of forces that shape the markets aims to outline opportunities. Innovating the experience both within and around digital screen ensures seamless flow and coherent story. Strategic reasoning sets the ground for prominent business impact. With 20 years of commitment to delivering complete solutions, we transform businesses by creating both superior digital experience and technological platforms. A global community of designers, engineers, strategists, and innovators, we harmonise the disciplines to tell beautiful stories never heard before. Together we Discover, Design, and Deliver.



The Hogia Group, founded in 1980, is one of the largest Swedish software companies with 600 employees in Sweden, Norway, Finland and UK. Hogia Transport Systems is part of the Hogia Group with continuous growth in product offering and global presence, providing solutions to over 600 private and public partners, in 12 countries on 4 continents. With the reservation system BOOKIT, Hogia is a leading provider of standard software to the ferry operators. BOOKIT is developed using Microsoft tools, it is integration friendly and the system can be configured for the operator’s specific needs. Hogia TIMS, the Real Time Passenger Information system, is the tool for providing passengers with the latest information regarding possible (multi-modal) connections, real-time arrivals/departures and service deviation/disruption information. Hogia TOS, Terminal Operating System, provides the operators seamless control over freight management at a port terminal, allowing their B2B customers to keep track of the unaccompanied trailer.



Pharos is a well established technology provider of online ferry distribution / reservations services and solutions. Clients include ferry operators, Online Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Travel Technology providers, Clubs and Membership Organisations. Sales optimisation using online technology and channels between trading partners is their aim.


PDMS Compass

PDMS’ Compass Ferry Reservation software is a robust solution for remote, demanding and complex ferry services – including inter-island, multi vessel, routes, fares, tickets and ship configurations. Compass Ferry Ticketing software and rugged handheld machines issues printed tickets at the point of transaction, on open decks and via the web from a centralised system. Our Compass solutions are used by a range of UK and international ferry operators offering a range of features to help increase efficiency, reduce operation costs and to provide great customer service to ferry customers.



Trimline are a market leading marine interior refurbishment specialist with over 50 years’ experience in delivering world class interiors to the ferry, cruise and defence industries. Ship and ferry refits are a complex and detailed process – Trimline is able to offer unparalleled knowledge and experience for completing projects on time and to budget. As a family-owned business, we prioritise a personal approach and champion collaborative relationships with our clients. In short, we have the conviction, credentials, credibility and capability to provide the right outcome in terms of value for money and quality. To take just one example of our achievements, we have recently completed a AUS$30million refurbishment for TT-Line on Spirit of Tasmania I & II. This involved refurbishing two ferries simultaneously on the other side of the World – involving a workforce of over 300.


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