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“Originally we were planning a week in the sun but the...”

Written on: 01/02/2009

Good Points
Excellent value for money. Good food. Attentive, helpful staff on board. Everything ran like clockwork, with regular announcements, easy to find a member of staff if you needed assistance. Much less stressful than driving to and checking in at the Airport!

Bad Points
The poor exchange rate meant that Amsterdam itself was fairly expensive, glad we were only there for the day!

General Comments
Originally we were planning a week in the sun but the appalling exchange rate made us decide to stay closer to home. We opted for the 'minicruise' as at least we would see another country, albeit for only a few hours! At £79 for both of us it seemed excellent value for money, and it was. Docks easy to find in Hull, car parking £10 for 2 days, fast check in. We had an outside cabin, with two single fold down beds. The bathroom was perfectly adequate, with a fairly powerful shower, better than some hotels. Food wasn't particularly cheap, but the buffet was excellent and the staff were friendly and efficient. There were a mix of people on board, young groups and older couples. The on board entertainer was very a-la working men's club (belting out 'popular' hits such as 'Lady in Red'), but many seemed to enjoy it. Each to their own! Drink prices were fairly standard. There is a quieter bar on the upper deck, as well as two cinemas. The coaches were waiting to take us to Amsterdam, were we spent about 6 hours enjoying the sights - enough time on a sunny but very cold January day. Recommend the Van Gogh museum, the cafe wasn't too expensive, try the delicious Apple Tart. The coach was waiting outside the central station to take us back to the ferry where we enjoyed another night on board. I would definitely recommend a mini-cruise with P&O, excellent value for money and much better than I expected.

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