On Friday, July 28, I plan to take the early Condor Ferry from St. Malo, France, to Jersey, Channel Islands. I expect to spend 2 or 3 days on Jersey and 2 or 3 days on Guernsey before moving on to England between July 1 and July 3 (all possibilities being weekdays).
I don’t suppose anyone here has experience with those ferry trips? There are a few things I’m curious about, especially the first two questions below:
Are the fares stable for any given departure? I’ve spot-checked, and there is definitely day-of-week and week-to-week variation, with the St. Malo-Jersey fare ranging from 26 to 32.50 GBP. But I don’t see any sign of the sort of rapidly-escalating prices we observe for rail and airline tickets as the departure date approaches. I self-insure for trip-cancellation (and also like to be able to react to weather) and don’t want to buy the ferry tickets earlier than I need to, but I also don’t want to watch the fare double or triple.
I will be a foot passenger. Need I be concerned about a sell-out? Can that even happen on this ferry?
I see no signs of a money-saving offer that would allow me to buy all three ferry legs for less than the (rather substantial) sum of the parts. As I missing something?
Is there a bank ATM that dispenses GBP either at the St. Malo ferry port or at the Jersey port?
Once in England I will head west toward Cornwall, but with the late arrival of the ferry (even assuming it is on time), I need to stay near Poole on that first night. My guidebooks do not cover Poole or Bournemouth, which is close enough to be an option. Opinions? There are more hotels, at lower (current) prices in Bournemouth, but Poole would be more convenient.
Thanks for any thoughts you may have.