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“Overnight ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich - prebook meals and save money”

Stena Line Limited - Day Trips
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Owner description: Stena Line, one of the world's leading ferry companies, offers low fares and a speedier ferry travel service to Ireland, Britain and Holland. With our extensive route network, Stena Line gives you more flexibility and choice. As well as a range of hotel breaks, self-catering, landbridge holidays and the option to travel by car, by rail, by coach or on foot, you will enjoy excellent service and value for money. Book early and online for our lowest fares
Wales, United Kingdom
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“Overnight ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich - prebook meals and save money”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I cannot speak highly enough of our experience on the Stena Britannica at the beginning of November.

We travelled from Amsterdam on the 1827 train to Vlissingen, changing at Schiedam Centrum. The change was very easy, we stepped off one train, crossed to the other side of the same platfrom and within a couple of minutes the local train to the Hoek pulled in. Around 25 minutes later we were arriving at Hoek van Holland Haven station, where there are plenty of signs to direct you on the short walk to the ferry terminal, where check in had just opened. The check in process was quick and easy. There were no queues at any point, and we were onboard the ship in less than ten minutes, which is where we began to be really impressed!

We easily located our cabin on deck 10. We had reserved a Comfort Class cabin, which turned out to have a double and a single bed, a complimentary mini bar and an attractive and well laid out bathroom. The TV, with UK channels, was well positioned and there were a few hangars for coats, trousers etc. The cabin looked really cosy, but we wanted to explore the rest of the facilities. Later, though we would discover how easy it was to sleep well on the superb matresses!

We decided to eat at the Metropolitan a la carte restaurant. We had not pre booked, though I believe that if you do you can save money over the shipboard prices. The food was excellent. We had eaten out a lot during our trip away and this was easily one of the best meals we had received anywhere. We then went for a drink in the bar. The prices were very reasonable, certainly cheaper than in Amsterdam! Best of all for smokers like me, there was an enclosed smoking area next door! As it was a cold and wet night, it was nice that smokers did not have to brave the elements to feed their habit. My partner reported that there seemed to be very little escaping noxious air from this section either.

Finally we explored the shop, which had a very good range of items on offer, including some competitively priced toiletries. We then sampled the massage chair located in one of the main stair areas, and for 2 euro had a surprisingly powerful muscle work out! Of course, it cannot replace a real massage by a human being! We then went and had a drink or two from the minibar, which was a very pleasant way to finish the evening.

In the morning we were woken at 0530 (ugh), but at least that meant plenty of time for a shower. The ship pulls in right next to Harwich International railway station, but engineering works meant that we had to complete our journey to London by coach, which wasn't a great hardship.

All in all, this beats flying! A day in Amsterdam before getting to London by 0900 - and all in comfort with no hassles in the airport, no transfers to the airport, no queuing and good quality food and drink. And with fares available from any Dutch station it won't break the bank. We did for around £85 each, though it would be cheaper with a lower grade cabin. We intend to travel this way again!

Visited November 2012
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“The best ferry to Ireland”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

We usually travel with Stena as they have a professional approach to their customers. Booking online is easy and the e-ticket always works well. My wife is disabled and Stena treat the disabled brilliantly, always making sure we are near the lift.The ships are well equipped with ample eating and relaxing areas at reasonable prices, although we usually only have tea or coffee the food looks fine although the prices are in line with most other services. The free movie in the lounge is great for anyone who wants to see a film for the voyage or with children - Avengers Assemble on the way out and Ice Age:Continental Drift on the way back. So something to suit most people. The thing we like about Stena is the text confirmation and update a couple of hours beforehand telling you whether there are or are no problems with your sailing. This puts your mind at ease as you travel. All the staff are pleasant and helpful and with the ample facilities on board each crossing is made bearable, in stark contrast to the Irish Ferries Swift that we used for the first (and last time!) a few weeks beforehand.

Visited October 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Stena Line is very expensive”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

StenaLine is a very expensive way to travel to or from N Ireland. Unfortunatley they and P&O h ave a monopoly on the Belfast/Larne to Cairnryan, Scotland routes. Stena has a minimum fare for a car of £150 (and thats for a sameday return!)but averages £300 return normally. This is the same for P&O except P&O dont offer sameday or 24 hour return fares on this route.The contrast with other routes is unbeleivable eg P&O offered £25 for up to 9 people in a vehicle with 3 free bottles of wine for Dover to Calais return recently,a fequent discount as they regularly have reasonably priced short breaks to/from England/France WHY NOT N IRELAND!

Visited September 2012
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Norwich United Kingdom
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“Night Ferry to Hook of Holland”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

An excellent leisurely way to travel from Harwich to Holland. Cabins like small hotel room and pristine clean with tv. Food in 'Taste' was excellent (self service) good selection and well cooked and again everything clean there is also a waiter service restaurant. Ship had cinema, childrens play area, wi-fi, shop, 3 bars, quiet lounge. Cabins could be hired on day boat ad hoc when available. All staff friendly and very helpful. Our outward journey was on a night ferry which was excellent and a day ferry on return. Well done will travel again.

Visited October 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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“Great crossings”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

I travelled on this ship to and from the UK this summer. 

We did the day crossing to the UK, staying in a 2-berth captains class cabin. This included free use of the minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The cabin had a comfy double bed, flat screen tv and shower bathroom. There was plenty of space for our family of 5. I had preordered lunch and dinner. To my surprise, these meals were in the a la carte restaurant. The food was very good, but on such a short trip this meant that we didn't have much time to digest lunch before dinner. The restaurant was also fairly empty, so we had the full attention of the staff. Next time, I'll only order 1 meal here! The ship's children's entertainer, Adrian, did an amaazing job. First he came to our table in the restaurant to give the kids activity packs, and tell them about the entertainment. I think he was only supposed to entertain the children for 2 hours, but he kept on for much longer, with a Punch&Judy show, magic and more. 

For our return journey, we booked the family berth for 5. Most people must have checked in at 22:00, when checkin opened, because when we arrived at 22:30, we drove straight onto the ship. No queues. The cabin was comfy, and we had a good night's rest. We decided not to have breakfast onboard, not to waste precious sleeping time. 

I was pleasantly surprised by Stena Line, and would happily use them again. 

Visited July 2012
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