Brittany Ferries cancels companies as a result of Covid journey restrictions with tons of of passengers left stranded in Portsmouth
Brittany Ferries had to cancel six crossings from Portsmouth to Caen from Sunday to Tuesday.
The cancellations follow France, which is imposing travel restrictions on travel from the UK until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow to curb the spread of a more contagious form of Covid-19.
More than 1,000 passengers and 400 freight vehicles should take the ferry.
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Last night, a total of 355 passengers were stranded on board the ferry in Normandy overnight after the sailing was suddenly canceled at 10:45 p.m. Some travelers were moved to tears, according to one passenger.
Simon Wolf, an English ex-patriate who lives in France for a weekend business trip and back in the UK, said: “We were seated to eat around 10:30 pm when the announcement came about the Tannoy.
“A lot of people were very upset – one woman burst into tears.
“We had checked the news and thought we were shortly before midnight.
“/>Brittany Ferries had to cancel six trips to France due to travel restrictions.
“We managed to book a Travelodge for a couple of nights. We cannot leave the area and we do not know when we can return to France. ‘
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The canceled service also left 40 freight vehicles stuck in the UK.
Brittany Ferries was only made aware that the trip could not continue after boarding last night, according to a company spokesman.
He said: “It was not until the loading was completed and the ship was ready to depart that we received the information that the ship no longer had permission from the French authorities to disembark passengers in Caen on Monday morning.
The ship therefore stayed in Portsmouth overnight, and the passengers used the ship as a floating hotel.
‘We apologize for the inconvenience to our passengers, but unfortunately we learned very late that the ship could not dock in France.
‘We continue to operate services that carry unaccompanied cargo vehicles from Portsmouth to France and all passengers and cargo from France to the UK. The flights to and from Spain are currently running as usual.
“We regret all of our customers who are affected and who contact them.”
Brittany Ferries’ canceled services include sailing last night at 10.45 p.m., today’s cruise at 8.00 a.m., 2.45 p.m. and 11.00 p.m., and tomorrow’s cruises at 8.15 a.m. and 3.15 p.m.
Passengers whose departures do not operate will receive a full refund or alternative travel arrangements, according to the company.
Portsmouth Port said that only cargo with a valid Brittany Ferries booking was accepted and that only unaccompanied cargo is allowed to travel.
The freight to Spain or the Channel Islands is not affected.
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