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“Champions of the Sea”

Stena Line Limited - Day Trips
Ranked #5 of 33 things to do in Holyhead
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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
Ellenton, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Champions of the Sea”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Have used the Harwich to Hoek Route since the 60s travelling with my parents and now with my family.It has always been a great adventure. Just returned from a recent trip and as always both ships on this route were spotless and staff excellent throughout the ship. Being recognised by long term crew members is really special. Long may they sail the seas around us. Thanks to all on the Harwich-Hoek van Holland route.

Visited February 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Stena Line Belfast-Cairnryan”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and I travel frequently between Ireland and England by car as I don't fly. Stena have always been reliable and the staff friendly. On my last visit past (Feb 2013) we only just made the outward Ferry by seconds and the boarding/loading staff were good enough to flash us a reassuring smile as we frantically boarded and made our way up the stairs, easing the embarrassment of our very late arrival.
When onboard we settled in and the crossing was fine. The surroundings of the Stena VII are extremely comfortable, and very spacious and well laid out. It is well sectioned and big enough to roam around should you get bored on the 2hr15 minute crossing, although there is a cinema, bar, restaraunt/cafe and free wi-fi and papers to pass the time, making it very comfortable on any sea, rough or smooth!
The only downside to the ferry is that the food is what you'd expect from a mediocre cafe and the prices are quite high, so I would recommend a pack lunch or fill up before your journey, although when you buy one expensive cup of tea or coffee you get free refills at any of the conveniently placed stations (self serve).
On the return journey there were blizzards in Scotland, so we left pretty early to ensure we weren't late, again!, but we had left so much time that we were an hour early for the ferry departing before the one we were booked on (about five hours difference!). We spoke to the friendly lady at the stena info desk at Cairnryan and she made it possible for us to board the earlier ferry without any fuss.
Driving through to get our boarding pass the gent sorting this out was more than friendly, enquiring about our journey and the weather etc.
Great Service, very comfortable craft and great staff. Stena will be my crossing of choice in the future.

Visited February 2013
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Nowy Sacz, Poland
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“Excellent discipline!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We live in Poland but visit the UK several times a year, usually getting a ferry Calais-Dover on the outward journey, but Stena on the way home. Why? Well, using the Harwich-Hook ferry means we; can have a decent dinner and breakfast in comfort, can sleep in a comfy bed, get a nice shower, etc and have the discipline of getting up, eating and getting on the road well before 0900 - something which we find totally impossible otherwise! (I confess, I'm worse than my partner, but we're both hopeless at getting up and out!) Its approx 1,000 miles from Hook to our home, and getting that good start to the day means we can get home by midnight.
We've used standard cabins, though being in a wheelchair I prefer the excellent disabled cabins. The better grade cabins are excellent - nice hotel rooms! The restaurant deal - dinner in the a la carte restaurant and breakfast for £29 is good - dinner is available before sailing, so you can still get a good night's sleep, and the restaurant is relaxed, the food good. Breakfast is buffet-style, but not bad. Boarding and (unboarding?) getting off are smooth, the ferries are huge, so finding your cabin can take time, but for us the cost compares well with an overnight on the journey home at a "better than basic" hotel and we kinda enjoy being on the boat.
Going to the UK, the Calais-Dover flexibility is a good thng - driving 1,000 miles across Poland, Germany, Holland (plus Belgium and Northern France) it's impossible to guess our ETA so we either book the ferry and accept paying a little bt extra if we're early or late, or else book a hotel to spend the night, whatever time we get there. Going home. we spend our last day in Essex, shopping around Braintree and Rayleigh, then head up to Harwich, do a supermarket stop, then overnight on the ferry and home late the next day. It suits us fine!

Visited September 2012
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Stena Hollandica”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you have to cross the Channel, this has to be the best boat on which to do it - it's clean, the cabins are comfortable and the waiter-service restaurant excellent (it served the best steak I have had in months if not longer). The staff, even those at check-in are friendly and helpful and there isn't really anything to complain about at all with regard to the boat. The only drawback is docking in Harwich, which is not the most convenient port and the transport links are terrible.

Visited January 2013
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Celbridge, Kildare, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Having had to abandon our flight plans as a result of snow in Heathrow we got the train to Holyhead & had a most comfortable crossing to Dublin Port via Stanaline. It's years since I'd been on a ferry & was pleasantly surprised at the facilities available & the staff were extremely friendly & helpful. It took all the stress out of the journey & we would definitely recommend travelling with Stena as their standards are obviously high.

Thank Eileen D
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