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A Great way to unwind for a few day's
P&O North Sea Ferries
Member Name: Spotswood
P&O North Sea Ferries
Advantages: Stress Free, Great Atmosphere, Great Food, Helpful Crew.
I have travelled on North Sea Ferries on many ocassions, and I have to say that I have allways enjoyed the experience. It is mainly the older ships to Zeebrugge that I have sailed on, and the layout of these quality ships is great. From the moment that you step on board you feel the stress of life lifting from you as you go to your cabin and settle in, then off to have a quick look around and relax with a nice coffee or a beer. The four seasons buffet restaurant is very good and has a very wide selection of quality foods available, the waiter will show you to your table and ask if any drinks are required then it's a case of dig in and eat what you wish. I find the atmosphere in the restaurant to be excellent, and the same applies to the hearty breakfast the following morning. Some people complain about the prices on board but to be honest the prices for drinks at the bar are much like you would pay in a typical British pub, and certainly far cheaper than on the continent.
Some people complain about the standard of entertainment in the sunset show lounge, but I like the Moonlight lounge much better as it is quieter and there are fewer children running around, and it is nice to listen to the fantastic pianist. My Tips are as follows:- Do not waste money upgrading to a cabin with a window, as the ship sails at night and there is nothing to see, the glass in the window may as well be painted black. I would also reccomend booking all the onboard meals at the time that you pay for your tickets, as this is cheaper than paying on board. The best deals on board for buying wine and beer tend to be if you buy a box of 6 bottles of wine (JP Chenet, V Nice) and Old Speckled Hen (Real Ale, V Nice). A word of warning if planning to use the cinema, if the sea is only slightly rough you will unconsciously feel sick as you are in a room with no windows, this happened to me so beware I do realise that we are all different.
If you ever feel a bit ill on board then go on deck for fresh air.
The staff are allways very helpful and seem to be happy in their work.
All of the ships do have ships police on board and if required they have the ability to lock people away for the safety of the passengers and crew, so if you are thinking about getting drunk and causing mayhem then think again.
The ships to Zeebrugge are now 24 years old but they still look good, and are well looked after, infact every other year they have millions spent on then to do them up.
Don't forget to keep an eye out for the 2 for 1 offers.
I have just booked to travel on a Bruges minicruise on the 14th December 2011 and ther are 4 adults in an inside cabin with all meals included and also the coach trip from Zeebrugge to Bruges and return for £303, any way you look at it it is a bargain.
Summary: A Great way to get away from it all.
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