Isle of Wight ferries open to tourists

The island is just a 45-minute ferry journey from Portsmouth by Wightlink ferries. By Anthony Pearce.

Wightlink, which connects England to the Isle of Wight, will welcome guests on board its ferries again once the hospitality sector reopens on July 4.

“While our ferries have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, providing travel for key workers to and from the Isle of Wight, as well as facilitating the flow of essential goods and services, we are well and truly ready and are launching a campaign to welcome more passengers back on board,” said Keith Greenfield, Wightlink CEO.

“With hotels, B&Bs and campsites on the island also eager to accommodate guests, we’re incredibly keen to receive visitors looking to relax and enjoy a long-wanted break post-lockdown”.  

The Isle of Wight is just a 45-minute ferry journey. A car ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne costs from £56.50 and for foot passengers, Wightlink’s tickets cost £14.40 per person, based on day return crossings on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.

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Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne route is currently operating a temporarily reduced timetable, with additional sailings being added from July 13. The Lymington-Yarmouth car ferry and Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier Head FastCat services are currently suspended but flexible advance bookings are welcome.

Wightlink has announced new Covid-compliant protocols to ensure customer and crew safety and comfort, with social distancing; mandatory face coverings on all crossings; easy vehicle check-in with Wightlink staff communicating via intercom system and use of automatic number plate recognition; and capacity reduction.

It said it was also performing increased cleaning onboard and availability of hand sanitiser, with food and beverage outlets open for takeaway only, in addition to vending machine access . It has achieved the VisitBritain We’re Good To Go mark.

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