Very comfortable ferry
I found the crossing from Hoek van Holland to Harwich to be very civilised, and far more relaxed than the shorter crossing from Dunkerque to Dover. The opportunity to have a good night's sleep was of great help with a long drive from Berlin to Wales.
Compliments to Stena
Speaking to some of your Filipino staff I learned that staff from places directly affected by recent typhoon were given leave to attend to their families back in the Philippines. it is very encouraging to note that Stena shows this level of compassion; it is unfortunately not yet the norm in the industry but well done Stena!
Great Decision !!!
Since 1997 I have been travelling through the tunnel, making a visit to family in Germany a 1400+ mile round trip with driving through the night to avoid losing time once there. This was getting tougher and when some family came to visit this summer, they decided to take the ferry instead. When it came to arranging my next short trip, the decision was made to try out the ferry, as my cousin had thoroughly enjoyed it... What a life-changer. Get on the ferry in Harwich, have a wonderful meal, shop a little and then have a goods nights sleep followed by a fabulous shower in the morning before driving off and cutting the journey by pretty much half (giving me more time with my tyres...) is a no-brainer. I have already booked my next trip for Christmas and am very much looking forward to it. I can only recommend this method of travel and the crew, service and accommodation were perfect. Well done, keep it up and look forward to December :-)
We travelled out overnight on the Friday night from Harwich to Hoek, returning overnight on the Sunday. The check-in process was very quick and smooth, especially when compared to the drawn-out process at airports these days. We had a Comfort cabin, which was a bit more expensive but you get a (small) double bed and a single, a splendid free mini bar/refreshments - red and white wine, beer, water, juice, fresh fruit, crisps and nuts, tea and coffee making facilities, an en-suite, tv and aircon/heating control. Everything was very clean. The facilities on board were great, very friendly staff. We also had Rail & Sail tickets, which give you free travel to any dutch station (you get your rail tickets when you check in in Harwich). All in the two of us paid £300, but this paid for all our travel between Harwich and Amsterdam and two nights' accommodation, plus all the drinks/snacks in our lovely room. We will certainly with Stena on this route again, such a nice relaxing trip.