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Community Level 5julietta


Very ferry good

AdvantagesInexpensive, leisurely, makes a prelude to a good trip

DisadvantagesEr, probably loads if you can't stand being on water

"...merits of a ‘bargain break’ P & O deal to either Holland or Belgium and decided to go for it three weekends ago as it proved a cheap and cheerful way to spend some time on the continent and was guaranteed not to break the piggy bank (the QE2 cruise will be featured some time next year folks so wait up – no but seriously we are both currently saving for our own ‘dream trips’)! So, Switch cards in hand and phone to ear, ..." Read review

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Community Level 2hcafcdan


Great Minicruise Weekend

AdvantagesPrice, great surroundings, great facilities

Disadvantagesentertainment, food

"We travelled on the Pride of Rotterdam for a Mini-cruise to Amsterdam. It was very cheap (£50) for the weekend, and involved two nights in a cabin aboard the ship, and a full day In Amsterdam. Booking was very simple, although I did not do it. It was done on the Internet, although they accept phone and in-person bookings. The Port at Hull is very easy to find and is well signposted, once there it is obvious where to go. We arrived at about 7, ..." Read review

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Short trip to Bruges, the relaxing way?

AdvantagesGood value, quality food, great service overall

DisadvantagesComfort in the cabins

"We had only a few days to spare in August so decided on a short trip to Bruges via North Sea Ferries - one night each way on the ferry and one night in a hotel in Bruges. == The journey == We drove to Hull (less than an hour) and parked very close (100 yards) to the terminal building. Parking charges are £6 per 24 hours, £18 for our stay. We boarded the shipt about an hour and a half before sailing with the check in process all very easy - very strict ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Boom6


Hull to Rotterdam Review

AdvantagesLoads to do, fun, better than camping

DisadvantagesAlcohol + Rough Sea = Chunder

"We took the P&O Cruise ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. Booking was easy, all done online and you could choose your cabin. We were lucky enough as we booked early to get an outside cabin. The price was amazing, two for one offer making the total cost of the trip just £70.This included: Free long term parking at the hull terminal, two nights in an outside onsuite cabin., the travel to Rotterdam and coach transfers from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. So that ..." Read review

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Community Level 6Dalesman


Cruise your way to Europe

AdvantagesFast direct overnight channel crossing

Disadvantagescan be expensive compared to driving to Harwich

"This is another long overdue Op, I've been meaning to write about P&O north Sea Ferries for a long time but never got around to it... As most of my friends know I took my car to Germany in June 2002, via the Hull to Rotterdam 'Cruise ferry', I sailed out on the 'Pride of Hull' and my return crossing was on her sister ship 'The Pride of Rotterdam'. Hull Docks The ferry terminal is very accessible if a little confusing for the first timer as ..." Read review

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Community Level 1MrDavis


Life's too short to be trapped somewhere so boring

AdvantagesCan take a car full of stuff to and from the continent

DisadvantagesNo excape from booze cruisers except in expensive cabins

"I've had to use P&O North Sea Ferries for 3 return trips between Hull and Rotterdam since 1990 travelling with a vehicle. 2 out of the three trips I had to move cabins to get away from passengers who looked as if they might be using the boat as a cheap alternative to a homeless hostel in Hull. The fact P&O promote their ferries as cheap "booze" cruises obviously attracts a certain element who won't endear themselves to those who have been seduced ..." Read review

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Community Level 4monkfeesh


Ferry Travel Enters A New Era

AdvantagesModern, Attractive, Stylish, Comfy, Enjoyable

DisadvantagesExpensive at times, can get fully booked

"Travelling on the North Sea has in recent times developed a bad reputation. Passengers usually expect any old tub waiting to carry them on an overnight crossing, with poor cabins and no proper facilities. But no more. P&O Ferries have re-branded themselves with a new cruise-style background, and it really does work. Company Background ---------------------------- The company started in 1966 as North Sea Ferries, a joint venture between P&O ..." Read review

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Community Level 2droopsnout


Northern Plights

AdvantagesQuicker & easier for those in the north

DisadvantagesNone - ships a bit old

"I hate those newspaper offers. The ones that say "France for £1". And you *can* go to France for £1. And you can add your car for a tenner. And you get a free case of wine in Cherbourg. And to thank you for just visiting France, they give you a Renault Scenic. OK, so I'm going a bit over the top. But has the southern press got any idea just how infuriating it is to see those ads up here in the north? Do they know it costs us a small fortune in ..." Read review

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Community Level 1badgermonkey


Hull - Bruges

AdvantagesNice accommodation, range of entertainment, can be cheap

DisadvantagesLong journey, early start!

"I am a veteran of North Sea Ferries, having lived in Belgium as a student. I have only ever travelled as a foot passenger but it has always been well worth it. In the last couple of years all of P&O's North Sea Ferries have been updated. The Hull-Rotterdam line uses only brand new ferries but the Hull-Bruges line employs refurbished, smaller ferries that nevertheless offer a comfortable and enjoyable experience. As a foot passenger you may be ..." Read review

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Community Level 2elaine16


escape for a short cheap break with P O ferries

Advantagesrelaxing and inexpensive way to visit the continent for a short break. comfortable cabins excellent food

Disadvantagescrossing can be rough in winter months and lack of security is a bit worrying in the present climate

"Travelled to Bruges from Hull on 1st February 2003 with my partner. The ferry was the Pride of Hull which departed on the Friday evening and arrived Saturday morning at 8am. We then transferred to Bruges by coach, after an excellent breakfast which was great value from self service buffet. The en-suite cabin was very cosy and adequate for an overnight crossing.There is a shower and toiletries provided with towels. We spent an interesting day ..." Read review

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Community Level 1lobsiger2


Smoke, Urine, Bad Service

AdvantagesCould be a true mini cruiser

DisadvantagesStank of Urine, Smoke and Lazy Lazy Staff

"Last November I booked a 5 day return Hull to Rotterdam returning Zeebrugge - Hull. Outbound we travelled on Pride of Rotterdam. The food was fantastic and the Indonisien crew were fabulous. Cabin was clean. As a unit trust holder dissapointed as more expensive with discounts!!! August 9/20 did Hull - Rotterdam return on Pride of Hull. We had two cabins and both stank of urine, food not as good as on Pride of Rotterdam and staff regarding cleaning ..." Read review

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Community Level 1hellyc


Minicruise madness

Advantages Easy no fuss boarding, comfortable sailing and friendly staff.

Disadvantages Small cabins, can make things very cosy!

"We travelled as a group of 4 and had a fantastic time. The staff on board were very friendly and welcoming. The journey made the trip for us as we made the most of the ships facilities, and met a top group of guys who were using the ferry service on their way out to France for work. Didn't envy their drive the next day, sorry lads! Brugges itself was beautiful and one of the cleanest places I've ever been. There's lots to see and do, although don't ..." Read review

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