A new survey by the the Passenger Shipping Association has found that 44% of Britain’s ferry passengers feel that having no luggage restrictions is very important when choosing to travel by ferry, second only to the flexibility of being able to take your own car (55%). “The survey highlights not only the versatility of Britain’s ferry services but also their value and hassle-free benefits. Many more families have discovered the joys of ferry travel following the recent volcanic ash incident grounding all air travel, and we expect this will boost future ferry passenger numbers” said Passenger Shipping Association Director Bill Gibbons. The ease of drive-through check-in and embarkation were deemed important by travellers as well as value for money and the ability to choose a convenient time of crossing. Space and comfort were all also seen as significant. Family influences on the favourite experiences of ferry travel came through strongly in the survey, with nearly 48% putting the ability to travel with a car and unlimited luggage as their favourite ferry experience, followed by nearly 17% claiming it was the best value way of visiting other countries. Of continental destinations visited by ferry passengers, France came top followed by Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, and Italy and Switzerland respectively. Ferries also came out as the clear winner as the form of transport that could best accommodate people with disabilities and their families or carers, with more than four out of 10 (41.9%) putting ferries first ahead of the Channel Tunnel, railways, airlines and coaches.