If you find waiting difficult this may not be the trip for you. Due to situations beyond the control of Mersey Ferries we had 2 long delays at the start which meant we only got an hour in Liverpool.
The trip was very good with lots to hold our interest on the route with an excellent commentary throughout. The ferry motored along when it could although this made the journey cold on deck. It was lovely and peaceful when the ferry was going along gently. Had the sun not come out we would probably have been chased inside by the cold wind.
As the weather is unpredictable make sure you take layered clothing if you intend staying outside, particularly up the front. We were on the left of the boat which was cooler than the right, although as the day progressed we got more of the afternoon sun. There was lots to see on both sides of the boat but a few more on the left. As the canal met the Mersey at Runcorn the right side of the boat was the place to be. So six and half a dozen which is the best side to be!
We had a hot dog and icecream on board and both were good. They did a roaring trade in hot drinks and other snacks helped by the fact we were delayed.
If you want to make sure of the best seats for you, you need to arrive just after 9.
You can book the u-boat tour as well but if the ferry is running late and the museum is closed you get your money back so you have nothing to lose by booking it but don't get your hopes up.
6 hours is a long time on a boat especially when you're sitting waiting for other boats to pass so if you have youngsters who are easily bored this may not be suitable.
I really enjoyed the day and Mersey Ferries were very good.
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