Mini Cruise Winter Getaway - BOGOF on P&O continental mini-cruises! (Hull to Rotterdam, Amsterdam or Bruges)
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Mini Cruise Winter Getaway - BOGOF on P&O continental mini-cruises! (Hull to Rotterdam, Amsterdam or Bruges)

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Found 13th Jan 2014
P&O Minicruise, You can spend two nights on board and a day in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Bruges from as little as £75 for two people leaving from Hull

Take advantage of our 2 for 1 offer and explore the historic cities of Amsterdam, Bruges or Rotterdam. Your 2-night minicruise includes a return coach transfer to the city of your choice on arrival.

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*Valid for travel between 1st Oct and 29th Dec 2013???

Original Poster

They said they have website issues and to call

Tempted

This deal ended december 2013 I tried booking for feb march in september when it 1st started

Are the en suite cabins private? I.e. Are you sharing with with anyone else?

offer removed from website

Going tomorrow - deal goes month by month until March end.
Take your car for an extra £20 return.
Get an outside cabin (extra) or you will have to take your kit out of it in the morning.
You can't get a single price so you will have a cabin to yourself - you've paid for it so will not be sharing.
Its a long day in Bruges at this time of year without a motor.
Foot/ coach passengers searched for booze at Hull embarkation.
The P&O website is crepe so persevere.
Don't forget to use TCB etc. if you feel that you have to go!
£75.00 is the minimum charge, to get this you have to date juggle.
The Amsterdam coach will leave you very little time for sightseeing.
Mix with the coach party cream and enjoy!




Edited by: "pstuart" 13th Jan 2014

k823127

Are the en suite cabins private? I.e. Are you sharing with with anyone … Are the en suite cabins private? I.e. Are you sharing with with anyone else?


I've been on one of these cruises before to Amsterdam. All rooms have own en-suite. Toilet and sink/ Although if you want a shower you are kinda sitting on the toilet at the same time. But it is manageable.

We've been twice (once to Rotterdamn, and then to Bruges) - The ferries are stuck in the 80s, and the rooms are teeny tiny (but totally private and not shared) walls are paper thin. But we found that all part of the charm. It was great! - we'd knock on each other's wall and shout through to see if everyone was ready.

They even served snowballs which was the icing on the cake.

Don't expect the QE2 and you'll be fine.

These are great and good value. but be prepared to be ripped of on board, the prices on board on very expensive as you cant go anywhere else so they charge what they want. you are allowed to buy duty free but can only be drunk in cabins

Crazy Chris

These are great and good value. but be prepared to be ripped of on board, … These are great and good value. but be prepared to be ripped of on board, the prices on board on very expensive as you cant go anywhere else so they charge what they want. you are allowed to buy duty free but can only be drunk in cabins



'Duty Free' cannot now be taken away at point of purchase, it has to be collected on the morning of disembarkation.

This is to stop you drinking in the cabins, just like the confiscation of booze (given back on return) brought on by foot passengers.
Lots of the female foot passengers look like they are pregnant, I like to think that its because they have water bottles full of booze strapped to them, although I may be wrong.

pstuart

'Duty Free' cannot now be taken away at point of purchase, it has to be … 'Duty Free' cannot now be taken away at point of purchase, it has to be collected on the morning of disembarkation.This is to stop you drinking in the cabins, just like the confiscation of booze (given back on return) brought on by foot passengers.Lots of the female foot passengers look like they are pregnant, I like to think that its because they have water bottles full of booze strapped to them, although I may be wrong.

Oh well thats even worse! when did this come into play? They only randomly search a few in my experience so its not a huge risk to take stuff, but if you get caught they can just stop you going, bit harsh if they did mind! Anyone I've ever seen caught they have just confiscated

I have been on this trip quite a few times and usually to Bruges. I think that the first thing to mention is car parking at Hull, it is I believe £7 per 24 hours, so £14 for 48 hours in advance in £1 coins.
The first time I went I took a few cans of lager to drink in the cabin and just about everybody is searched before they board (by customs, but why the taxpayer is paying the wages of people to make sure we abide by P&O rules astounds me!) When they found my Stella I just turned around and walked out and left it in the boot of my car and then returned. I did not lose it. When you are going through customs you have not used your boarding pass and so this is allowed.
The cabins are small and are bunks with the top one being quite high and up a ladder, so as me and the wife are both knocking on a bit (and scared of heights) we always book a 4 berth and both have a bottom bunk and more room. This is only about £10 each way extra. There is a continental plug in the cabin for charging phones etc but you need an adaptor and it is in a strange place (half way up the bathroom wall I think on the outside)
The food is expensive on board but you can take sandwiches, the buffet I think is about £13 for dinner and fills an hour or two and the food is good.
Beer is reasonable priced at the bar and they sell cheap cigarettes I think it is about £4.50 per packet and you can buy a couple of packs every time you go to the bar or coffee shop (Costa)
Entertainment is music, bingo and a couple of entertainers singing away later on.
When you go on board one of the first ports of call should be to the "duty free" alcolohol shop (which is not duty free!). They have crates of beer on offer which you pay for and collect when you return to the UK. You collect them when you have disembarked and they are loaded on a trolley to take to your car. They always have Stella on offer in 500ml cans and they are half the price of ASDA/Tesco etc and it is genuine "Made in Belgium" Stella. Twice as good (not brewed under license in the UK) and half the price. I usually buy a dozen crates at least (I have a people carrier) and I can wheel the trolley right up to my car before I have to lift anything.
There is no problem at all with customs.
If you are fetching GV back please note that they sometimes have a shortage in Belgium so I always check prices here:
brugestobacco.com/en/
and I always email and reserve stock for the day I go. The man who owns the shop is Alain and he is always helpful and has always made sure that I get what I want.
When you return they pull a LOT of people into customs for checking. I just tell the truth (it is 3KG and it is for me) and I always get through, after I have proved I can roll a cigarette! But I see lots of people losing Tobacco because they are bringing it back for a friend and they admit they are receiving money for it. You can bring Tobacco etc if you do not smoke, but IT MUST be as a gift for a friend or family member.
I hope this may help somebody.

pstuart

Going tomorrow - deal goes month by month until March end.Take your car … Going tomorrow - deal goes month by month until March end.Take your car for an extra £20 return.Get an outside cabin (extra) or you will have to take your kit out of it in the morning.You can't get a single price so you will have a cabin to yourself - you've paid for it so will not be sharing.Its a long day in Bruges at this time of year without a motor.Foot/ coach passengers searched for booze at Hull embarkation.The P&O website is crepe so persevere.Don't forget to use TCB etc. if you feel that you have to go!£75.00 is the minimum charge, to get this you have to date juggle.The Amsterdam coach will leave you very little time for sightseeing.Mix with the coach party cream and enjoy!



Unless, I'm misreading it, the £20 extra for a car is when only one person is travelling?

And I can't see how to book later than 31 January.

Are you commenting on the 2 for 1 offer or just their normal mini cruises?

Commenting on the 2 for 1.
£95 per couple including car.

I don't currently know whats going on with the website but if they keep this up they will only do worse than Tuesday this week.

Without HGV's this boat will take up to 850 cars, there was 37 and 4 coaches.
I don't know whether Kevin the Captain relies on passengers body heat to warm up the boat but on Tuesday everyone complained of feeling cold, "its because we've had the doors open all day" ???????
Warmer on the Wednesday night return.
Pride of York outside cabins on Red deck were the smallest we've ever had.

Evening meal on board (pre booked) used to be reasonable value @ £16.50, still the same price but a much reduced choice and some of the quality items have been withdrawn (my soused herrings were nowhere to be seen).

All in all, having been a frequent user for the last 6 years, we will now drive to Kent, overnight (x2) in a £29 Travelodge or Premier Inn, have Breakfast and Evening meals in Yates's etc and use a cheapo cross channel ferry or use the Tesco vouchers for the Tunnel.

All at your own leisure and no twunt waking you up on the bing bong telling you that they are now serving breakfasts etc at 6.00am when you can't get off for another 2 hours!! I don't do mornings well.

We had a car with us on Wednesday, those who were coach bound had to endure walking about in the cold and damp for at least 6 hours - there's a limit to how much time you can spend in a cafe.

I am quite knackered writing this and its not the booze (£5.50 for pint and a half of Stella, which my partner says is UK Stella), I think its a combination of being out of routine and the silly early morning wake up calls.

No purchases made from any of the 'Duty Free' shops - apparently the booze is only slightly cheaper on the return journey that a UK supermarket - so why carry it and tobacco etc. is cheaper in Belgium.

My thoughts are that a lot of businesses are putting the prices up to compensate for a lower turnover - their bottom line should stay the same as long as the great British public don't care, P&O look like they have joined this club.

We would have gone in March, but I'm afraid that's another booking they won't get!

Hi all! hope someone can help... Im booking from hull to Amsterdam, with a extra night. not really worried about the hotel as of yet BUT! whilst booking i noticed this:

Minicruise Hull - Amsterdam Minicruise £198.00
Outward Outward Hull - Rotterdam Thu 06 Feb 2014 20:30
Options 2 x Inside 2 Berth , 4 x Europoort-Amsterdam
Return Return Sat 08 Feb 2014
Options 2 x Inside 2 Berth , 4 x Amsterdam-Europoort
Includes 4 adults , No vehicle (foot passenger)

To Rotterdam? Which is about 1hr by train to Amsterdam. there's not much more information on this anywhere when making a booking... Can somebody please help or explain their experiences when travelling to Amsterdam? I would have thought they take to Amsterdam as advertised right? not drop you off at rotterdam..?

Thank Ya'll!! :P
Also if there is a super cheap Room anywhere in the city centre anyone would recommend that would be fantastic!
Edited by: "Himzzyy" 19th Jan 2014

There is no direct ferry from Hull to Amsterdam. You always end up in Rotterdam.

We booked this last night, 2 for £75 to Bruges. A bit concerned about whether or not we have to carry our luggage around with us all day, or whether we can leave it in the cabin while we trudge around Bruges? Someone above said if you're in an inside cabin you have to empty the cabin, but in an outside room you don't have to empty the cabin - at least I think that was what was implied.

Could anyone clarify the situation please? We have an extra bit of luggage which I certainly don't want to carry around all day, and we currently have booked an inside cabin.

Also, I was under the impression from other review sites that the evening buffet was really excellent - has that situation really changed for the worse? I thought I'd be tucking into king prawns and crab etc - is it now really a low quality fillyourselfup buffet?
Edited by: "grahamc2003" 21st Jan 2014

Inside cabins, you generally have to take your luggage out and leave it in a safe room onboard - no need to drag it round Bruges etc. with you!

Outside cabins (extra) you can leave it aziz.

The buffet meal has deteriorated in value items compared with previous years and is not worth £16.50 (review sites are somewhat historical), however there is little alternative to this unless you want to buy their very expensive sandwiches or snack out on the pork pies that you brought with you.

Hi can someone please tell me where the Hull - Amsterdam Ferry takes you once you reach Rotterdam? Im booking hull to amsterdam via P&O, but it keeps saying Rotterdam

Outward journey
route Hull - Rotterdam
latest check-in Thu 06 Feb 2014 19:00
sailing time Thu 06 Feb 2014 20:30
arrival time Fri 07 Feb 2014 08:15
options 1 x Inside 2 Berth, 2 x Europoort-Amsterdam

Please help so i know where to book a hotel

It goes to Rotterdam then you jump on their coach.

When is your return?

pstuart

It goes to Rotterdam then you jump on their coach.When is your return?



Saturday night and do you know where their couch drop/pick you up from?
Edited by: "Himzzyy" 27th Jan 2014

Sorry no, we always use a car.

Anyone else having real trouble booking anything through the website? Every time I click on the Hull-Bruges link for March 2014 it just keeps cycling back to the same page. It seems to sort itself out every once in a while but it's extremely annoying!

They will normally only let you book one month in advance for these offers.
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