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!
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