Speedferries - good or bad? Good - 50 minute sailing, goes to Boulogne, ship looks really sleek. Bad - no cigarette sales on board (claiming tax issues until asked why P&O had a different tax arrangement, then just said "ask the management"), when it's a bit choppy (and on the way back, really rough) it's a horrible experience. Smaller vessels definitely lose their attraction in rough water! The price was ok, and as we only seem to specialise in special offers, it doesn't really matter who we choose, and the extra half-hour on the bigger P&O boat is easily offset by the more stable crossing (and with better shopping to distract us from the weather).
And the biggest annoyance (and the pettiest, I know), the buffet wouldn't accept Euro coins! Notes only, change in English currency. Do they not plan/like to deal with foreign travellers at all? Another plus for P&O. It's the coins we need to get rid of!
That last picture is just a publicitiy still from their own web site - far too rough to get a nice external picture yesterday. One or two of the bigger wave-bumps caused a spontaneous (well, hardly) epidemic of sick bag filling. Not by us fortunately, but anouther 20 minutes and who knows?