I use Red Funnel for trips to teh Isle of Wight to visit family. from where we live in Surrey its equi distance to Portmouth or Southampton. However we invariably go via Red Funnel. Why? Web site bookign is easy. fares generally are better than Wightlink especially early evening when we tend to travel. Staff at gate & on board always friendly helpful and make you feel welcome.
Good catering service - bit on pricey side but not outrageous
the only downside is that at busy time the passenger accomodation is not adequate and one ferry the only extra accomdation on the top deck is a draughty greenhouse type shelter. 2 of the ferries have a nice upstairs lounge which is a good overflow area when the main passenger area is full.
Apart from that niggle and the awful hard seats in one end of the passenger lounge - great. Highly reccomended. If you book early and are prepared to travel off peack (evening or early morning) they have some good fares.
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