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England/Netherlands: Crossing the English Channel on Stena

August 10, 2014

storm 63 °F

A quick 35 min drive from Sharon’s house in Coggeshall and we arrived at Harwich where we would board a 6 hour ferry across the English Channel dropping us off in the Hook of Holland port. The Stena Line is one of the most affordable (albeit slow) ways to get to mainland Europe. At 36 pounds per person or 60 USD p.p., it’s a steal, especially when you’re booking last minute. It’s easy to get from the Hook of Holland to Amsterdam via train— just be sure to BUY A TICKET ON THE FERRY for about 18 euros because the ticket machines in the train stations in the Netherlands do not accept euro bills, ONLY COINS and don’t accept any US credit cards?!?

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Hurricane Bertha has been following us around with a vengeance and today we had choppy waves, rain and clouds as we crossed the English Channel.

As for the ferry itself, is pretty comfortable and more like a cruise ship with restaurants, casinos, children's playareas, an arcade etc. They also do night ferries where you can rent a cabin for the ride, we would suggest this because a cabin is only an extra 30 British pounds a night. If you do decide to take the day ferry, get there early and grab a comfortable seat near a power outlet. If you're running late like us then you will be sitting in the cafeteria next to the kiddie corner!

Posted by Tony.Ruby 16:27 Archived in England

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