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Do they check the foot passengers for booze on embarkation like P&O do at Hull?

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pstuart

Do they check the foot passengers for booze on embarkation like P&O do at … Do they check the foot passengers for booze on embarkation like P&O do at Hull?


I've never noticed that on this route, but it has never happened to me at Hull either. Surely it is too time consuming... But I am interested in your experiences, I did notice that Hull (P&O) don't deliver your booze bought on board until you disembark which ain't the case on the DFDS route.

It's good if not full of stag parties and the sea isn't rough, quite a few of these get docked in Amsterdam and then turn round and go straight back.

pstuart

Do they check the foot passengers for booze on embarkation like P&O do at … Do they check the foot passengers for booze on embarkation like P&O do at Hull?



No, but they do watch people like hawks in the bar area to make sure the women aren't topping up their diet cokes with that bottle of vodka in their handbag.

Meanwhile on the Hull to Zebrugge P&O route, the "bouncers" into the bar areas will ask the women to open all bags for a look in when they enter the bar/entertainment lounges.

Although I live less than 2 miles from the DFDS North Shields terminal, I used to prefer P&O, as DFDS always have your eyes out if you want to take the car (and fill the boot with Belgian beer) and Bruges is far more car friendly than Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

Lol, Just thought I see a DFS sale at 140° X)

Went on one of these in June and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite rough seas on the return sailing).
Well worth upgrading to a sea view cabin (we actually upgraded for -£3 ) and pay for breakfast as the breakfast is pretty good, but I'd take something on to eat in the evening (although the sandwiches in the café didn't seem to bad a deal).

Heineken in the bar was €4.50 for a pint.

We got 4hrs in Amsterdam (could have had 5, but we got the first bus back).

Bags were never checked, and there were a few people topping up drinks under the tables in the bar (which was almost empty).

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fatgit

Went on one of these in June and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite rough … Went on one of these in June and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite rough seas on the return sailing).Well worth upgrading to a sea view cabin (we actually upgraded for -£3 ) and pay for breakfast as the breakfast is pretty good, but I'd take something on to eat in the evening (although the sandwiches in the café didn't seem to bad a deal).Heineken in the bar was €4.50 for a pint.We got 4hrs in Amsterdam (could have had 5, but we got the first bus back).Bags were never checked, and there were a few people topping up drinks under the tables in the bar (which was almost empty).



Did you upgrade on the day? (I agree I've had a Commodore class cabin with a free mini bar in the past) and agree take sandwiches on the way there and grab something from a Dutch supermarket on the way back.

did this route 4 times while at uni. Great fun . everyone seemed to go straight to bed for the return journey. must have been the fresh Amsterdam air X)

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conn85

did this route 4 times while at uni. Great fun . everyone seemed to go … did this route 4 times while at uni. Great fun . everyone seemed to go straight to bed for the return journey. must have been the fresh Amsterdam air X)


Although the Geordies & Dutch make this a much livelier trip than the Hull/Bruges one with the dour Yorkshiremen & French.

Bruges is in Belgium mate
Edited by: "calculatoreurope" 18th Sep 2016

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calculatoreurope

Bruges is in Belgium mate

Who are you talking to?

Great deal
Edited by: "ukmonkey" 18th Sep 2016

IamMT

Who are you talking to?


Fight, fight. X)

On a cruise with a bunch of drunk & stoned Geordies? No thanks

Edited by: "red23" 18th Sep 2016

It's important that people know Bruges is in Belgium and not France. Imagine thr embarrassment of disembarking with a pocketful of French Francs.

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calculatoreurope

It's important that people know Bruges is in Belgium and not France. … It's important that people know Bruges is in Belgium and not France. Imagine thr embarrassment of disembarking with a pocketful of French Francs.


Indeed they also speak flemish.

calculatoreurope

It's important that people know Bruges is in Belgium and not France. … It's important that people know Bruges is in Belgium and not France. Imagine thr embarrassment of disembarking with a pocketful of French Francs.


Yea, but Belgium is pretty much a non country
youtube.com/wat…FI4

red23

On a cruise with a bunch of drunk & stoned Geordies? No thanks


It's mutual.

red23

On a cruise with a bunch of drunk & stoned Geordies? No thanks



Sounds like a laugh to me, when I lived dahn sarf I was glad to have a geordie as my best mate cos the southerners were boring as fcuk!

calculatoreurope

Bruges is in Belgium mate


Yeh they speak French there clown.

Was describing their nationality mate. You wouldn't describe a Brazilian as Portuguese. They are Brazilian.

IamMT

I've never noticed that on this route, but it has never happened to me at … I've never noticed that on this route, but it has never happened to me at Hull either. Surely it is too time consuming... But I am interested in your experiences, I did notice that Hull (P&O) don't deliver your booze bought on board until you disembark which ain't the case on the DFDS route.




We got checked when we got on at Newcastle as did a few others. It seemed to be random. The alcohol in the on board shop wasn't too badly prices though if you don't get any on. If they do confiscate any off you, you can collect it when you get back to Newcastle

IamMT

Did you upgrade on the day? (I agree I've had a Commodore class cabin … Did you upgrade on the day? (I agree I've had a Commodore class cabin with a free mini bar in the past) and agree take sandwiches on the way there and grab something from a Dutch supermarket on the way back.



We were meant to go in December, but my wife wouldn't get on the ferry and DFDS let us reschedule. They swapped the trip to another date and said to just login and change it again when we wanted to try again. When I logged in and went to change the date, the option was there to upgrade at £3 less than we'd paid for the non-seaview cabin.
Glad we did, as the cabin was on deck 9, just under the bridge, so we had a great view.

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mcormack

Yeh they speak French there clown.


But they don't!

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hayleyj85

We got checked when we got on at Newcastle as did a few others. It seemed … We got checked when we got on at Newcastle as did a few others. It seemed to be random. The alcohol in the on board shop wasn't too badly prices though if you don't get any on. If they do confiscate any off you, you can collect it when you get back to Newcastle



Cool! The only ferry I ever took booze was to Norway because it is ridiculously expensive...

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fatgit

We were meant to go in December, but my wife wouldn't get on the ferry … We were meant to go in December, but my wife wouldn't get on the ferry and DFDS let us reschedule. They swapped the trip to another date and said to just login and change it again when we wanted to try again. When I logged in and went to change the date, the option was there to upgrade at £3 less than we'd paid for the non-seaview cabin.Glad we did, as the cabin was on deck 9, just under the bridge, so we had a great view.



Far easier/cheaper than the P&O website then, for amendments!

IamMT

Indeed they also speak flemish.


And use Euros!


DOH!!

mcormack

Yeh they speak French there clown.



Err, are you sure about that?

Some real idiots on this post isn't there!

They do search you for alcohol before you board at North Shields.

Don't forget Quidco too!

Does anyone know how long the bus travel is from the ship into the center of Amsterdam?

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Gandalfbaggins

Does anyone know how long the bus travel is from the ship into the center … Does anyone know how long the bus travel is from the ship into the center of Amsterdam?



​about 40 minutes

Obligated to vote this 'hot' as I work for the company

Anyone here travelled on this route with an infant? Heard a few stories about the seas being pretty rough which could make for sleepless nights.
Was thinking this might suit a wee family getaway?

a8ken

Anyone here travelled on this route with an infant? Heard a few stories … Anyone here travelled on this route with an infant? Heard a few stories about the seas being pretty rough which could make for sleepless nights.Was thinking this might suit a wee family getaway?


I wouldn't advise taking your kids to Amsterdam. Wander down the wrong street and you'll face some pretty awkward questions from them...

bensbargains

Some real idiots on this post isn't there! They do search you for alcohol … Some real idiots on this post isn't there! They do search you for alcohol before you board at North Shields.


They didn't on our trip. Nobody was searched in the line before we got on and we were pretty far back in the queue.

Oh, and if you're worried about sea sickness, get Boots Motion Sickness tablets, they're fantastic.
My wife was violently sick on the way out on pretty smooth water (she wouldn't take any pills before the trip as she thought she'd be ok), on the way back she took the Boots pills and was fine, even though the sea was very rough


IamMT

​about 40 minutes



Thank you

bensbargains

I wouldn't advise taking your kids to Amsterdam. Wander down the wrong … I wouldn't advise taking your kids to Amsterdam. Wander down the wrong street and you'll face some pretty awkward questions from them...



Ha, good point! Although ours is only 18 months so I'd like to think I'm a few years away from the 'Red Light Zone' chat! oO

They searched a few groups infront of us on my only trip 18 months ago. I live locally so lots of people I know go regularly and some have had alcohol confiscated at boarding.

Pretty sure the cheapest drink at the bar was £4 for a CAN of Fosters. The pints were flat and I just can't abide that, especially at £5 plus.

If your planning on having a few then just overpack your luggage and bury it at the bottom. If possible put it into a pop bottle or pre mix it.
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