Ferry Good Reasons to Travel by Sea

May 15, 2017




Going on holiday abroad is all about excitement, new experiences and enjoying some time to rejuvenate. That means you want the whole process to be relaxing and easy, which, when you’re travelling by air, isn’t always possible.

But there is an alternative. Ferry travel is all about unwinding onboard, whether that’s with some fresh air on deck, a delicious 3 course meal, or sitting back to enjoy a drink with friends.


Room to breathe

One of the best things about travelling by ferry is being able to walk around and stretch your legs. On a ferry you have decks of space to stroll through with large windows so you can enjoy the sea views. There’s also lots of different places to visit. You can have a wander through the shop, or get some fresh air on deck, making sure to keep an eye out for any wildlife swimming past!


Everything and the kitchen sink

Baggage restrictions can often feel, well, restrictive… On a ferry you can fill your car up with as much luggage as you like, from your favourite outfit to your hiking gear! Plus, there’s no need to worry about putting all your liquids into little plastic bags.

It also means you can bring back all the souvenirs for your family, as well as some any treats you pick up for yourself while you’re away.


Food at sea

Say goodbye to microwave food with a peal back film! Ferry travel has the advantage of onboard restaurants and cafes, with some really special options on some routes. There are buffet restaurants for keeping every appetite happy, or cafés with light bites and great drinks, or full à la carte fine dining on longer routes.


Time to yourself

Having your own space and privacy is so important when you’re travelling. It gives you somewhere quiet to retire to and get some rest, if needed. On a ferry you have the option of private lounges, quiet areas, or you can even have your very own cabin on some routes.


In-flight entertainment

You no longer have to watch movies on a tiny screen set into a headrest! Ferries have actual cinemas (on our Newcastle to Amsterdam route), along with all sorts of other entertainment. You can enjoy a bit of live singing while sipping a cocktail, try your luck in the casino, or even relax in a hot tub with a sea view on our Copenhagen-Oslo route. The kids are well catered for too, with soft play areas and arcade gaming zones.


The onward journey

One of the biggest benefits of going by ferry is having your car with you. Not only does this make packing much easier, but it’s also so much more comfortable to have your own vehicle for your onward journey. It gives you the freedom to tailor your holiday exactly how you want. Plus, with your car you can keep the kids entertained, be that with a film on the tablet, a book to get stuck into, or just a good old game of I spy.


10 comments on “Ferry Good Reasons to Travel by Sea”

Gillian Starling

May 17, 2017 14:49

I have been to Amsterdam from Newcastle 3 times and Iam going again in July. I can honestly say the best bit of the trip is the time I spend onboard the King/Princess and already planning next years trip lol.

Kari Axelsen Diederich

May 24, 2017 23:36

Why is there no ferry going from Scandinavia to the UK any more? A lot of people don't go by plane, others need or want to bring their cars with them on a holiday. At least since 1950 there has been possibilities to go by a ferry from somewhere in Scandinavia to the UK, now we need to spend 2 nights on board ships and a lot of milage on motorways/Autobahn to get to the UK. - Please consider a new passenger-ferry to cross the North Sea once again.

James D

May 26, 2017 13:56

Only positive comments allowed on this site then? Many remarking on the demise of the Harwich/Esbjerg link are not published.

Chris Goddard

May 26, 2017 15:21

Well written - it describes everything that has been valued and enjoyed by so many on the Esbjerg/Harwich route for so many years ...... Please bring it back again.


May 27, 2017 00:57

Yes, it's great if you're only going to Amsterdam, but you try getting to Scandinavia since DFDS closed all those ferries. A ferry ride isn't so exciting when you still have a 20 hour drive at the other end. Ain't that the truth, DFDS people...?


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Petronella Clark

August 06, 2019 10:37

I am glad to see so many comments requesting you to reinstate the Harwich-Esbjerg ferry - all the advantages you list of travel by ferry applied to that one! Now when we take our campervan to visit our son, his wife, and our two dear grandchildren in Denmark, we can get no closer to them by sea than Hoek of Holland, and then we have to plan a route across the Netherlands and through Germany, taking at least a day of often horrendous driving; it was so much easier and pleasanter by the now much lamented ferry, especially as they live only about an hour north of Esbjerg.....


August 20, 2019 06:06

Only positive comments allowed on this site then? Many remarking on the demise of the Harwich/Esbjerg link are not published.


August 20, 2019 22:56

I'm afraid I no longer find the ferry 'relaxing' as it is now followed by up to 18 hours in a car to get to my destination that was once a short hop from Esbjerg. By all means keep bragging about your sevices, DFDS, but don't spam me with it - I know you don't give a stuff about passenger routes and the cistomers who use them, so stop pretending to me that you do.


September 01, 2019 14:37

Only positive comments allowed on this site then? Many remarking on the demise of the Harwich/Esbjerg link are not published.

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