Travel | Amsterdam with P&O Ferries…

A collaborative post with P&O Ferries


Over the half term we went on a road trip.  Not any old road trip, but one that involved an overnight on a ferry to another country.  Who doesn’t love a road trip?  Romantic ideas of a car journey with great tunes, road side picnics and epic views.  So, our journey to drive to Amsterdam with the kids was formed. So exciting!

Our journey started with a trip up to Hull to catch the ferry.  We decided to drive as it was a) cheaper than flying four people, and b) we liked the idea of taking a leisurely approach to our travel for this holiday break.  Travelling on the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam allows everyone to slow down and enjoy the journey. No worrying about baggage limit or the faff of airport security.  We could just drive on, and slow down.  The ferry to Holland travels comfortably overnight, so we could wake refreshed and ready for the full day in The Netherlands.

I love the idea of slow travel.  Mindfulness when on holiday. Not rushing to much, taking in the adventure.  After all it’s all about the the journey not the destination.

We arrived in Hull just as the sun was setting and once on board our P&O Ferry we headed to the Sky Lounge to take in the view.  Soon we set sail, and our holiday began.  Dinner was a buffet affair in The Kitchen.  A choice of many different cuisines, from Indian curry to a roast beef carvery to salad and more.

There is also an a la carte restaurant on another deck. Plus 3 bars, an entertainments area and a Starbucks cafe on board. So you are never without food or drink.  A small shop caters for things like magazines, sweets for the journey and a few toys to keep the kids entertained. There is also a duty free shop too.

My favourite spot was the Sky Lounge, great views to watch the world sail by, listening to live pianist and enjoying a sun downer G&T.

After dinner, we headed to the cinema to watch one of the many films available, shown right up til 1am, if you are so inclined and perhaps a night owl.  We watched ‘How to train your dragon’ and for £12 for the family, a total bargain too.

Our cabin was a four berth outside cabin (meaning it had views of the sea).  With an en suite shower room and four bunk beds.  All perfectly comfortable for our little family.  I mean what more do you need?  A good bed, a shower room and a good nights sleep.

The following morning we woke early to watch the sunrise over Holland, as we pulled into Rotterdam at 8am.  A quick disembark and through passport control and we were out on the open road, passing wind mills and canals on our way to Amsterdam.

I’ll share more about our trip and the activities in Amsterdam, including where we visited, shops, museums etc in another post.  You can read about the hotel we stayed in here.

I would highly recommend travelling by ferry.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  The boys loved being able to pop back to the cabin, or chill watch the views.  P&O Ferries sail daily from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, Dover to Calais and Liverpool to Dublin (which I fancy doing next time).

I’ll be back in another post sharing all our top things to see in Amsterdam.


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