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Family Friends Discount Scheme Returns

Monday, 02 March 2009

NorthLink Ferries is to reintroduce its popular Islander Family & Friends travel scheme with discounted fares being available from next month.

The scheme will once again see registered islanders invited to nominate up to six 'Family & Friend' households outwith the Northern Isles. All members of that household would then qualify for the 30 per cent discount currently enjoyed by islanders registered with NorthLink's islander discount travel scheme.

The F&F discount scheme, which was initially launched in 2002 when NorthLink took over the running of lifeline ferry services, was re-introduced as a web-based offer for two travel periods last year with the most recent activity coming to an end on December 18.

Now, the latest version of the scheme - which as before can be accessed only via the NorthLink website - will run from April 14 - June 30 but islanders wishing to participate can register online now at www.northlinkferries.co.uk and start nominating their family and friends.

The promotion, which applies to passengers and their cars but not cabins, will cover all Hamnavoe sailings across the Pentland Firth and all Hjaltland and Hrossey sailings between Aberdeen and the Northern Isles, excluding the Friday southbound and Sunday northbound services which prove to be popular with Islanders.

This is also an opportunity for any Orkney and Shetland residents not yet registered with NorthLink for the 30 per cent Islander Travel Discount Scheme to sign up. Only registered Islanders can nominate their chosen family and friends to participate in the F&F initiative. Nominees will then receive their unique ID and password, required for travel, direct to their own email address.

NorthLink commercial director Cynthia Spencer, said: "Last year the F&F scheme proved to be incredibly popular. We've brought it back by popular demand and I would urge those islanders who have not yet done so to register now for their Islander Discounts and then to nominate their six F&F households for the same 30 per cent travel discount."




  • 1. The online registration and nomination form can be accessed via www.northlinkferries.co.uk.

F&F nominees, who must live outwith Orkney and Shetland, will be eligible for 30 per cent discount on NorthLink standard fares. Discounted provision of a cabin is not included although travel with a car (up to six metres in length including people carriers ad 4X4s) is. All participants will be required to adhere to NorthLink's photo-ID policy requiring provision of photographic ID at check-in.