We decided that as we had never done the whole ferry thing when we lived in Hull we would give it a whirl. It’s all very efficient and the ferry is pleasant, but it has confirmed that cruising is just not my thing. After dumping our stuff in the cabin and a bit of an explore, I was bored. The entertainment was very campsite cabaret, I am really not a fan of casinos and the main restaurant was like a busy shopping centre food court.
I know it’s a ship, but I have always described the big cruise liners, that I have seen on the TV, as floating shopping centers and to be honest this just confirmed it, it was just on a much smaller scale, another description might be a less exciting floating Butlins. The other issue I had was small cabin, no window and crap air conditioning all of course perfect ingredients to set off the claustrophobic feeling and is the recipe for a crap nights sleep, oh and did I mention walls that are paper thin and extremely noisy neighbors. I ended up having to take myself to the deck just to get some air, and it’s very dark at night in the middle of the ocean, some self talk and pure exhaustion eventually ended with sleep. Moan, moan, I know but seriously the cruising thing, never again, it’s not for me!
After been woken at 7am Netherlands time, with a very loud “ding dong, this is your captain speaking” it was time to get sorted and prepare to queue at the food court for breakfast. We arrived in Rotterdam by 9am and the bus was waiting outside to drop us off in Amsterdam where we would be catching up with some other significant people in our lives. The transfer is longer than I expected about 90 mins, but gave me chance to get my head down for a while. I am definitely flying next time I visit Amsterdam, or indeed anywhere in the world, cruising/ferrying is a no go, boating and exploring, but not cruising or ferrying.
If it is for you, there are often deals, a Dutch Dash is an opportunity to spend 6 hours in Amsterdam/Rotterdam but if it’s cheap enough I would suggest go one way fly back and stay longer. We paid for one way, transfer to Amsterdam and no meals and it was OK but no bargain to be had, even though I had to endure the floating shopping mall experience.