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“Great Ferry Ride”
Review of Red Funnel Ferries

Red Funnel Ferries
Ranked #2 of 130 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Red Funnel has a proud history of serving the Isle of Wight since 1820, carrying 3.4 million passengers to the Island each year. We have won awards for safety, innovation & service including Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor every year since 2013. Choose between two stunning routes: our Southampton-East Cowes (former home of Queen Victoria) service takes 55 min, operates 365 days/year and carries vehicles & passengers. On board, enjoy free Wi-Fi, hot & cold food, a bar & coffee shops, or upgrade to the Signature Lounge, for a quieter club class experience. Our 2nd route connects Southampton to the world-famous yacht racing town of West Cowes. Our modern ‘Red Jet’ Hi-Speed catamarans take just 23 min to cross the Solent. Our entire fleet is dog friendly. Look to us for expert travel advice, accommodation bookings, attraction & event tickets.
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We took the Red Funnel over the Easter Holiday over to the Isle of Wight. We were extremely happy with trip over and return. It was pretty busy on our way over but the staff did a great job getting the cars on and off efficiently. I read online prior to leaving that you are able to ask for a tour of the bridge and if they are able to they will. Unfortunately, they were extremely busy the day we traveled over and they had a family pouring ashes into the ocean so the captain could not allow us in the bridge. But they advised me to always ask and as long as they don't have anything going on they will do it. On our return the Red Funnel contacted me a few days before departing to let us know they were extremely booked on the day of our departure and if we wanted to take the earlier ferry it wouldn't be a problem. We didn't need to book it ahead of time we could just show up. We decided instead to take a late night ferry instead and weren't able to get a hold of them after hours but when we turned up to the ferry port they had no problems putting us on. We even got to take the new ship which was extremely clean, bigger bathrooms, large comfortable chairs, large touch screen tv with games, wooden trains for kids to play with. It was a great cruise back that kept my kids entertained the entire way. I would opt for the newly refurbished ship if possible.

Thank Denise S
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

A very good option to go to isle of wight. This being my first experience to the IOW, I was lucky to have found the perfect place to start with.. and that's red funnel. I booked both my caravan and ferry ride through red funnel. It was excellent... a joy ride to start your trip...
The ferry is very clean though the food prices are on the higher side.
Definitely recommended

Thank SharavanKumar H
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We used this ferry company as it was booked as part of our holiday package. The staff were very organised and professional. This was the first time we had used a ferry to carry our vehicle. Straightforward. The vessels were both very clean and tidy. The ferry on the return journey had just been refurbished. The downside was the cost of drinks and food. On the first journey my partner ordered two sausages and for two very small sausages we were charged £1.30 each. We queried this but were told this was correct. We ate elsewhere on the way back. Prices on board are ridiculous but as long as most people are prepared to pay they will not review this.

Thank Peter V
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Review of your website & your adverts

Attempting to use your website to find out cost of go for 3-4 day break to IOW.

You have a website feedback button but you don't want feedback otherwise why would you insiston name, telephone number and email address? What next, bank account details ???? Insisting on that information puts people off giving feedback and looks like you are trying to discourage it.

Your website has no calendar for entering/selecting dates. You have broken links on you 'offers' Overall web expetience - shodding.

Your prices are misleading - you advertise 4 day breaks for ariund £50 but I can't even get an out journey for that let alone coming back.

Will not be using Red Funnel again until you stop misleading people.

3  Thank K T
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Staff very helpful as we had our 2 dogs and unsure where to go we were met as we boarded and shown were we could sit inside and he came back later to check we were ok. Toilets clean and tidy.

1  Thank Charles C
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