End of the booze cruise?
June 21st, 2010 by elisa

Ferry operators have been reaping the benefits of the recent ash-cloud chaos that grounded so many planes recently; however they are facing their own devastating blow as three major alcohol retailers withdraw from Calais.

The weekend’s newspapers reported that Sainsburys is to close its Calais Wine Store at the end of this month, Tesco is in consultation with staff about the closure of its Tesco Vins Plus site and Oddbins Calais, which is already closed, is not going to renew their franchise deal.

Majestic Wine had a disappointing 28% fall in sales for the financial year end in its three French stores but will remain open. Retailers have blamed the weak pound against the euro and cheaper UK prices for alcohol for the falls in sales.

However, ferry operators remain upbeat; a spokesman for Brittany Ferries said people would still be drawn by cheaper onboard prices of alcohol “for Brittany Ferries the market for people who take a day trip to France is still strong – last year we carried 125,000 such passengers plus 3000 shoppers to Spain.

“Whilst their sole purpose may not be to buy booze, as the “mini-cruise” experience on our longer routes is an attraction in itself, many take advantage of the bargain wine prices on board and at the numerous wine warehouses that still exist at our ports.”

If you’re going on such a little cruise and fancy a stop off in France or Spain, check out the best prices for quality villas at our main website and to make life a little easier, you can arrange for quick and easy transfers to your holiday villa from your arrival point with VaVroom.

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