North Sea ferries

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  1. Ovalball

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    We have nearly always used the Hull to Zeebrugge crossing to get to Europe.Its not cheap,but as we live in Hull it's convenient .We have noticed especially on the 2 crossings this year,a gradual but definatel drop in standards.We entered our cabin to be greeted with the unmissable aroma of urine.The toilet was blocked and brimming to the top.As we were new guests it makes you wonder about the cabin cleaning quality.The entertainment,whilst never brilliant,has been awful.Also the food has gone up in price but down in quality.The fresh orange has been replaced with orange coloured water is one obvious money saver.Wonder where it will all end.Cant bear the thought of driving to Dover and back but can't think of any reasonable alternatives.Its such a shame as North Sea has been so good in the past.I have got post holiday blues but fear it's the beginning of the end of NSF.
     
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    Most probably not ideal but what about Newcastle Amsterdam? ?
    Andy.
     
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    Glad to hear you're finally in your new yeller belly abode. Hope everything goes well for you in your new venture. Trust Katie is now on the mend. We hope to pop over for a night or two possibly mid week.

    K&L
     
  4. matamoros

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    Wrong thread methinks?
     
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    +1 (y) Not as convenient as Hull for the OP, but much closer than Dover.

    I used the crossing to IJmuiden in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
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    The Hull to Zeebrugge ferry The Pride of Hull has just undergone a £8.5 million refit so hopefully things will be better now.
     
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    We have been on it since the refit and I don't know where they have spent £8.5M but in our opinion it's still a good service, well stabilized boat if its choppy, food is OK but expensive and the same every time you go so after 10 trips or more it gets a bit samey, don't know about the fresh Orange(y) if you are near to Hull its a very very easy and pleasant way to get over the water.

    Martin
     
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    We came out last week on the overnight Stena Hollandica from Harwich to the Hook ... Had a good night sleep in a pleasant cabin following a few complimentary reds:wine: & peanuts in the select lounge. Early morning tannoy call for breakfast on board which included everything possible .... the only down side being that it was a little frenetic and plates were cold.:doh:

    Our return is due next week on the same boat but for a daytime crossing.
     
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    We came back from Amsterdam to Newcastle two years ago on the ferry and while it was clean and the food and entertainment was quite good the crew, who were mostly Philipeano or something similar, were not as good as a British crew would have been. Could tell by the chaos when they were loading the vehicles and even worse when we got off.
     
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    We have used dfds Newcastle to holland the last two years and for convenience great but the cost increase this year is dramatic.
    September last year we were quoted £580 return van and trailer plus moggy an increase of about £40 which we felt was acceptable so left it until the new year and from there on just a continual price increase the last in march £1100 ......
    The cookie issue doesn't help the situation but trying using C&CC didn't improve matters
    Hence the tunnel for us next week.
     
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    Newcastle Amsterdam fine for us as long as you remember its a ferry and not a cruise ship.
    Same as flights the sooner you book the better the price.
    The Hull ferry cheaper but is a lot longer drive for us.
    Probably what I would save on fair I would use in extra fuel
    I like the overnight option saves driving on the right and left on the same day.
    Unloading can be slow depending on which deck you end up on.
     
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