I developed an agonising dental abscess during a visit to my mother in Yorkshire which forced us to travel back to Belfast by sea, as air travel would have increased the pain even more. We caught an early train from Leeds to Liverpool, and took a taxi to Birkenhead where we boarded Stena Lagan by means of a minibus ride to the passengers entrance at the rear of one of the car decks.
This was a daylight crossing so we did not take a cabin. Instead, we paid extra to travel in the Stena Plus Lounge. We were the only passengers to take advantage of this facility, which proved a disappointment. It's basically a number of round tables with swivel chairs to sit on, two televisions, a selection of magazines and newspapers, and the Stena Plus buffet featuring drinks and snacks - biscuits, crisps, nuts and buns.
Most of the rest of the passengers had to sit on low back dining type chairs gathered around tables in various bars, cafes and restaurants. We could see no seating passengers could actually relax into to enjoy a snooze.
There was quite a swell on the sea, but the ship felt very steady during the eight hour crossing.. As I said in the title, the staff were extremely pleasant and a credit to Stena Line. However, somthing needs to be done to make the ship considerably more comfortable.
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