It's Fantastic by Ferry

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It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by darvé » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:24 am

The Jubilee line is buggered this morning so i came to work by Ferry, it's not cost effective enough (for me) to do it on a daily basis, but it's SO nice.

It's never overly busy, you never have to fight your way into a packed tube carriage, you get to stand outside in the fresh morning sunshine. It's the kind of commute that you just wish would never end.

A friend of mine when i living in Sydney used to commute from Manly every day by ferry, right past the Opera house and Bridge twice a day, away from the maddening crowds, a life at sea is surely the way to go.

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Post by gumdrops+lollipops » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:26 am

The ferry from Halifax to Dartmouth is a pleasant alternative to the two bridges across the harbour.

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Post by Martijn » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:04 am

We need a proper ferry between Exmouth and Dawlish! Now there's only one for tourists in the summer, so to go to the other side of the fiver (less than 1 km in a straight line) takes you an hour by train. At least.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:05 am

I must tell you all my anecdote about standing right next to the lifeboats for the entire journey from Dover to Calais in the week after the Zeebrugge disaster.

No, really, I must.

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Post by roobee » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:20 am

I wrote farewell letters to friends on a Harwich to Hamburg crossing the month after Zeebrugge. I frigging hate boats.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:23 am

Ha!

I got all terrified because I thought it was sinking in dock. When it fact it was just turning around. It still didn't stop me from standing outside for the entire journey, mind.

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Post by roobee » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:29 am

I still stay outside as much as I can on boat crossings. Although I'd rather just avoid them. It's the movement and the threat of drowning that I can't abide.

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Post by darvé » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:25 pm

Martijn wrote:We need a proper ferry between Exmouth and Dawlish! Now there's only one for tourists in the summer, so to go to the other side of the fiver (less than 1 km in a straight line) takes you an hour by train. At least.
Ooh, i love Dawlish, we used to go there every year for my holidays as a kid (well, Dawlish Warren - we'd stay in the converted railway coaches just by the station.) I didn't know there was a ferry there, but then its been at least 20 years since i've been!

trickster wrote:I still stay outside as much as I can on boat crossings. Although I'd rather just avoid them. It's the movement and the threat of drowning that I can't abide.
So you don't want to hear about the time we raced a hurricane back from the Carribean towards Florida in '92 then? Normally i'm fine on boats, but that was a bit much. Also, coming back from Rottnest Island in West Australia in 2005, for half an hour of my life i honestly thought i might die. They had to turn the engines off and let the boat glide over the waves, put sick bags on every table and would not let anyone move out of their seats, the boat was going all sorts of crazy ways boats shouldnt go and i swear the horizon shouldnt be at some 40-50 degree angle. I feel wrong inside just thinking about it now. Horrendous, but apart from that, ferries are great!

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:30 pm

I love ferries too.

I'd really, really love to go on a cruise, too. But everyone I've ever mentioned it to has looked at me as though I've got my cock hanging out my trousers.

Although I'll never be able to afford it.

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Post by Martijn » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:47 pm

davo wrote:Ooh, i love Dawlish, we used to go there every year for my holidays as a kid (well, Dawlish Warren - we'd stay in the converted railway coaches just by the station.) I didn't know there was a ferry there, but then its been at least 20 years since i've been!
I'm not sure if it can be considered a proper ferry. It takes people to the other site of the river though. It goes to Starcross actually, not Dawlish. Dawlish Warren is inbetween the two.

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Post by Jono Volpone » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:54 pm

I love ferries. Especially overnight crossings. I've done few recently to/from The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. There's nothing more relaxing than sleeping on a gently rocking boat and then waking up in the morning a long way from where you were when you went to sleep (even though it still looks the same as you're in the middle of the sea!).
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Post by darvé » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:56 pm

a layer of chips wrote:I love ferries too.

I'd really, really love to go on a cruise, too. But everyone I've ever mentioned it to has looked at me as though I've got my cock hanging out my trousers.

Although I'll never be able to afford it.
Cruising's great, if you said that to me i'd assume your cock was firmly contained in your trousers where it should be. My parents have taken to cruising lots in their later years, all sort of crazy ones that last for 4-5 weeks at a time. I did Alaska with them in 98 which was still probably the best holiday i've had. 20 hours of sunshine a day, all the food you can eat, fantastic scenery and people.. and this really lovely Welsh barmaid, i feel a bit bad i cant remember her name.

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Post by roobee » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:15 pm

Youz are all mental. I'm breaking out into a cold sweat just reading all that ferry stuff. I blame my mum - she told me about a North sea crossing she did once when there was so much vomit flying about that nobody could walk/stagger along the corridors without slipping over.

Although I think I'd like to go on a fjord cruise. I'd probably wear a life jacket all the time just in case.

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Post by darvé » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:19 pm

You get a lifejacket drill as soon as you leave port on a cruise, all done by the cruise director and entertainment staff so its all very lighthearted and fun, but obviously still very serious. After that, everyone just gets on with it.

Until you hit an iceberg or something.

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Post by gumdrops+lollipops » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:43 pm

I haven't explored my entire island, and I've lived here my whole life. Family road trips usually included a ferry ride to the mainland and then driving to the interior of the province and around there. The national railway promised a bridge to the island ages and ages ago, but no one wants it anymore.

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Re: It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by islandhopper » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:54 pm

I tell you what's a good ferry experience. Being the third from last (of about 50 vehicles) to arrive but being the 5th car off at the other end. It's moments like this that make life worth living. Of course you can have the opposite experience of arriving nice and early but still getting stuck at the other end behind 60 people who've never driven on roads that weren't perfectly straight before.
You don't want to talk to me about the time I had to put my car on the raised deck though. I still haven't got over that particular injustice.

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Re: It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by crystalball » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:07 pm

islandhopper wrote:I tell you what's a good ferry experience. Being the third from last (of about 50 vehicles) to arrive but being the 5th car off at the other end. It's moments like this that make life worth living. Of course you can have the opposite experience of arriving nice and early but still getting stuck at the other end behind 60 people who've never driven on roads that weren't perfectly straight before.
You don't want to talk to me about the time I had to put my car on the raised deck though. I still haven't got over that particular injustice.
I know the feeling. Every July for the first 16 years of my life, my family would drive from Greece to France on holiday and we took the ferry from Patras to Ancona. We would get to the port nice and early, join the queue to get in the ferry, wait there for *hours* and get in first so that my parents could put us to bed and run to the bar. Fair enough. When the time would come to get off the ferry, of course, my mum (the designated driver) would be stuck in the car on her own for about four hours, at the back of parking bit near the engines (lovely), not so smug now about being the first to go in. And me, my brother and my dad would be stuck outside in the heat waiting and waiting and waiting... And then of course you're at the back of the queue of about 500 cars getting out of the city on the one road available. Another five hours stuck in traffic, my mum on the verge of filing for divorce because of my dad's refusal to get a driving licence. Would my parents ever change their routine? Would they fuck.

I loved the journey on the ferry though, it was ace. These days it takes 24 hours to do that distance but back then it was a full 2 days worth of ferry ride and it was like being on another planet: people from all over Europe stuck on a tacky holiday resort sailing the Adriatic Sea, a kind of free-for-all, no-rules kind of thing. For me that meant I'd be allowed to drink two glasses of pop and possibly eat a bar chocolate. Woohoo, crazy.

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Re: It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by Stoof » Sun May 11, 2008 4:40 pm

The Halifax-Dartmouth ferry is pretty great. I take it for granted since I used to have to go on it like 400 times a year to and from work downtown. I like to go on it in the summer with an Iced Capp and watch the container ships and oil rigs come in.

Taking a big car ferry was the highlight of road trips when I was a kid. We took the ferry to PEI, to Baie-Comeau, and across Lake Champlain. We had poutine for the first time on the Baie-Comeau ferry, and learned what Karaoke was from some ancient French passengers. Quebecois pensioners are really into karaoke, it seems.

I just took a teeny tiny car ferry across the LaHave river last weekend. It was so relaxing and pretty. I even got an old fashioned ticket as a receipt.

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Re: It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by whit » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:48 am

I take the ferry to work almost everyday. The trip is about an hour, which takes me to the westernmost part of the city (I live in Manila) from the east.) I love the ferry, which allows me to read and listen to music comfortably.

Sometimes, though, the ferry people show B-movies on the ferry tv. I've seen plenty of Jet Li and obscure horror movies. Yeah, I don't like Paris Hilton, but I've seen the slasher movie where she died. (Spoiler? Meh.) But I was a captive audience! I've watched Beowulf thrice, I think, and the Kristen Kreuk straight to video Chun-Li movie twice. Damn. Haha. When they show these kinds of movies, I still consider myself lucky. There were several times where they play Kenny Loggins and Lionel Ritchie concerts on video, which is really too much.

Thank god for the ipod, the headphones, and the books. :)
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Re: It's Fantastic by Ferry

Post by ctanyc » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:29 pm

Yes, its very nice to travel around by ferry.

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