Having lived in England my whole life, I’ve done a fair bit of exploring across the UK but for some unknown reason I’ve overlooked the Channel Islands, until now that is.
We were invited by Condor Ferries to visit Jersey, I accepted of course, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect what with the October Autumnal days kicking in.
If you’ve seen my recent Insta Snaps you may have seen snippets of the scenic views. Believe me when I say, the pictures don’t do Jersey justice.
Our Ferry, the Condor Liberation was scheduled to leave Poole early hours, so we decided to stay in Bournemouth the night before, this was a great call as I got to witness the most amazing sunrise on Bournemouth beach before leaving for Poole.
The check in at the ferry port was effortless, we arrived with a bit of time to spare and were shown on to the boat to our parking spot quite easily. The staff in the parking area are very efficient and everyone managed to slot in easily.
Once aboard we set out to explore with an eager Toddler who was on his first ever Ferry trip. Travelling in comfort thanks to the lovely team, we were seated in the Ocean Plus cabin with front seats offering panoramic views.
Ocean Plus is accessed via a glass door which requires a key code. All seats have their own power supply which is useful to catch up on some email, although the WiFi can be quite intermittent.
Our seats came with pull out tables which was perfect for when it came to feeding a toddler. Having made it on board in time for breakfast we set out to check the menu.
Breakfast options were varied and the morning staff were lovely. We opted for the veggie options and we weren’t disappointed.
Our return journey was an evening sail, so we got to try out the dinner options and you can’t beat a good Fish & Chips, we were impressed.
Ocean plus also has its own bar!
The length of the journey from Poole to Jersey is about 4.5 hours give or take so I was wondering how I’d keep the Toddler entertained, but I need not have worried as the children get their own small entertainment room, it is a great idea!
Decked out in bright colours and bean bags it was a good distraction for the Toddler, who was entertained watching Peter Rabbit. The staff were also very happy to change the film when requested.
The entertainment room also got my toddler playing with some other toddlers which gave us some breathing space. 🙂
It was fairly calm at sea and luckily none of us get sea sick. We went out on to the deck which gave some nice views and the top deck gave the toddler some open running space but with it being so windy up there, we opted to keep the him indoors.
Before approaching Jersey, the ferry stops at Guernsey, the approach is so pretty and it is definitely on the list to visit.
Upon arrival to Jersey, finding the car was no issue at all, exiting the ferry was as effortless as the arrival, the queue time is minimal as everyone disembarked smoothly. I can imagine though it not always being so straightforward if you’re waiting for the car in front of you but in the whole we found the process so smooth.
Jersey is absolutely beautiful and we had some great sunshine which was contrast to the Autumn start we were having in England. It made it harder for me to choose where we wanted to visit first as I could have happily spent the whole break on the beach.
The accommodation we were hosted to stay at was the The Merton Hotel which had everything we needed for our mini break, complete with indoor and outdoor pools.
Our hotel room had a VisitJersey brochure and an island pass waiting for us courtesy of Condor Ferries, which helped us make the most of our island break. We managed to fit a lot in our short break but we have definitely decided on a return visit next year.
Disclosure: We received our ferry crossing free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions are my own and impartial.