Ferry Operators sailing to Holland
There are several routes available to travel by ferry to Holland. Each route offers a luxurious and exciting trip that can add to the fun of your holiday, making the journey itself an important part of the vacation. These routes are operated by three different ferry companies, each offering a unique experience.
The ferry route from Newcastle to IJmuiden, just outside Amsterdam, is run by DFDS Seaway, a Danish shipping company with a wide network of ferry and cruise routes.
The Ferry Operators
On DFDS’s ferry, both cars and pets can also be transported across the Channel. The company has two boats running along this route, each offering a wide variety of entertainment and facilities to ensure that you’ll have a comfortable, enjoyable night.
The ferry leaves the port of North Shields at 5 PM and arrives in Holland at 9:30 the following morning. This allows for a full night of either comfortable rest in one of the ferry’s ensuite cabins, or of enjoying the many entertainment features on offer.
Both of DFDS’s ferries have three different restaurants to choose from for your evening meal, a live band to watch over an after-dinner drink, a casino to try your luck and even an onboard cinema to enjoy the latest movies. For kids, there is a games room onboard to keep them busy until night falls.
The ferry company operating the route between Hull and Rotterdam is P&O Ferries. P&O’s ships also offer ensuite cabin accommodation for their overnight journey, along with an onboard casino, cabaret show, a specialist wine bar and a regular bar. Guests can also enjoy a choice of restaurants- between the buffet-style meals in The Kitchen or fine dining in the Brasserie.
For those hoping to get some bargain shopping done on their way to Holland, P&O’s cruise ships have onboard shopping areas with slashed prices on offer, along with a bureau de change to exchange your cash before you arrive on the mainland.
The route between Harwich and Hook of Holland is run by Stena Line, one of the world’s biggest ferry companies with a variety of routes running between the UK, Holland and Ireland.
Stena Line has two ships running on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route; the Stena Brittanica and the Stena Hollandica. Known as ‘superferries’, these boats are two of the largest of their kind in the world.
Both the Stena Hollandica and the Stena Brittanica contain comfortable and cosy ensuite cabins and several restaurants and bars to choose from for your food and drink for the evening. For those hoping to stay entertained for the night rather than settling into bed for their journey, there is an onboard cinema, shopping area and an area specially set apart for children to play in, ensuring that the whole family is kept amused.
If you’re hoping to travel in a slightly more serene atmosphere, you can upgrade to Stena Plus, a special quiet lounge with complimentary beverages and reading material, allowing you to kick back and relax on the way to Holland and back.