Travelling by Ferry: A Complete Guide for Ferry First Timers

August 2, 2017




Planning your first ever ferry trip? We’re here to help with our complete guide for ferry first timers, giving you all the information you need to help you navigate your first crossing.

  1. Don’t worry about baggage restrictions

Unlike flying, there’s no baggage restrictions. Keeping your bags under the weight limit is always something you have to keep in mind when flying, as well as being careful what you put in your hand-luggage. For ferry travel you don’t need to worry about either of these things, especially if you’re bringing your car. Feel free to fill up every available space in your boot, leaving some room for souvenirs, of course.


  1. Choose a place to relax

Depending on what route you’re taking, there are several options for cabins or seating areas. On the Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes there are plenty of comfortable seating areas around the ship, but you can also book a ticket in the Premium Lounge for an extra bit of luxury. On our overnight crossing between Newcastle and Amsterdam you have a choice of several different types of cabin, including a premium range of luxurious Commodore cabins.


  1. Pre-book your restaurant choices

This is only an option on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route, but it’s always worth checking out the options for places to eat on any DFDS crossing, so you know what’s available. Our Amsterdam crossing has lots of delicious options for meals, from self-service international buffets to fine à la carte dining. Pre-booking ensures you get a table in the restaurant you want, plus pre-booking means you’ll save compared to onboard prices.


  1. Prepare your vehicle

Driving in mainland Europe with any vehicle naturally means you’ll have to abide by local driving laws, which can include carrying certain safety equipment in your car such as warning triangles and reflective jackets, as well as having car accessories such as headlamp beam deflectors. Always check what you need for any countries you’ll be driving through before you travel.


  1. Pack a travel bag for the crossing

While you can pack your car with luggage to your heart’s content, it’s worth remembering to pack a separate bag for taking onboard. You won’t have access to your car during the voyage, so you’ll need to take everything you want with you after you board. You can make this a bit easier by preparing a small travel bag that’ll be ready to go.

Ready to set sail? Check out all our ferry routes here.


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