Our valued ferry partners support all aspects of the ferry industry from providing technology solutions for ticketing, 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.
ORCA is a charity that’s entirely dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK, European waters and beyond. They work to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats and help to create safer places for them, ultimately promoting the health of our seas. By placing volunteer teams on board ferries and cruise ships in European waters ORCA conduct monthly scientific surveys, recording the species they see, where they are and what they’re doing.
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 nearly 200 European sites in 13 countries, and a comprehensive winter sun camping programme in Spain and Portugal. We run European Escorted tours to 19 countries where members can explore amazing sights in the comfort of their own unit. The Club works closely with ferry operators to provide the best value travel options for its members on crossings to and from Europe.
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. With a £10 discount per night on pitch fees on our 200 UK Club sites and so many other benefits to joining.
Poole Harbour Commissioners is a Dorset trust port, based on the South Coast of England. It operates the Port of Poole which provides facilities for ferries, cruise ships, liner services and bulk cargo operations. The port currently hosts a Brittany Ferries daily service to Cherbourg and is 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.
The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. 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 three ferry operators running ships from Dover; DFDS, Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries.
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.
Expian, formerly Ticknovate, is an experience-centric ticketing platform, helping businesses sell more to more customers. Expian takes complex ticketing processes and via a simple but intuitive platform, provides powerful functionality enabling businesses to monetise every step of the customer journey, whilst harnessing new revenue opportunities.
Expian is a turn key but fully customisable Software as a Service solution that comprises of a web-based admin interface where one can manage every aspect of their ticketing requirements including products, scheduling, variable pricing, promotions, cross sells, up-sells, memberships, trade partners etc, a reservation portal, booking widget, POS and scanning apps.
In December 2020 Ticknovate was recognised and awarded ‘Best Technology Product’ at the Travolution Awards.
The Hogia Group, is one of the largest Swedish software companies with Hogia Transport Systems providing solutions to over 600 private and public partners, in 12 countries on 4 continents. The reservation system BOOKIT, offers 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.
The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.
Interferry is a highly respected shipping association representing the ferry industry worldwide with currently more than 260 members from 40 countries. Our members include all types of ferry operations – RoPax, RoRo, Cruise Ferries, Fast Ferries, Passenger-only Ferries, big and small ferries. Members also include suppliers such as shipbuilders and designers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, naval architects and marine engineers, ship brokers and consultants, classification societies, publishers and specialists in IT, finance, insurance, crewing and training. Interferry’s primary purposes are to represent the industry on regulatory and policy matters speak on behalf of the worldwide ferry industry and to facilitate networking and communications among our members.