The Pride of Hull
Back in August I thought it would be fun to visit my friend Monique in Amsterdam and instead of flying travel the slow way by train and ferry and coach. The P&O Ferries Company sells “Minicruises at mini prices“. Several fellow passengers were just sailing over for the day. But I decided to book the one night version which included two nights on the ferry and a night (you can arrange this yourself, as I did, or P&O will do the honours for you) in Amsterdam.
You’ll have read about my hour at Hull Station and at 5pm the bus picked us up at the bus station and whisked us off to the Hull Docks where the biggest ferry I have seen or sailed on was waiting for us to board.
We could board as soon as we arrived (after the usual formalities – passports, tickets etc). I’d upgraded to a Premier Outside Cabin but the complete trip checked in at less than £100. And the bonus was relaxed travel and none of the stresses and queuing involved with air travel. This trip suited me very well. There’s a cinema and I watched ‘Goodbye, Christopher Robin’. And there are at least three opportunities for eating and several bars too. I didn’t check out the shops nor the casino. We had time to enjoy the facilities and wake up at a reasonable time – not the unearthly hour of 5 in the morning or anything like that.
Our pilot delivers us safely to the dock from my porthole
After docking at Europoort (Rotterdam) we were swiftly though the formalities and boarding our buses to Amsterdam. By 11am I was knocking on Monique’s door.
I had until 5pm the next day (30 hours) to enjoy the city and the company. I stayed at a nearby B&B where Bernadette looked after me beautifully.
We enjoyed a visit to the Noordermarkt and next day a walk in the Westerpark to the Westergasfabriek former gas factory which now a houses a selection of offices, cafes and event and meeting places.
At The Noordermarkt
Two shops I can’t resist popping into!
I wasn’t particularly sightseeing but Amsterdam, and especially the canals, are very photogenic.
Even in the rain!
All too soon it was time to board the bus back to Rotterdam where the Pride of Rotterdam awaited us. Again there was plenty to do if you wanted and I enjoyed dinner in the restaurant and reading in my cabin.
The Pride of Rotterdam arrived at Hull
Again, on arrival at Hull Docks a bus takes you back to Hull Station and the train back to Leeds. I was home well before midday. I would definitely do the trip again and am eyeing up some of the other P&O mini cruises from Hull – maybe a day trip to Bruges next time. They will also take you to Ghent, Ostend (nice idea for summer!), Rotterdam, The Hague and Ypres. Civilised travel.
Steak Frites on board
Thank you, Monique and Jelle and P&O Ferries for entertaining me on my brief trip to Amsterdam!