The renowned value of a P&O Ferries 2 for 1 Hull to Bruges mini cruise is back with a twist.
In previous years, the 2 for 1 deal started from £79 for two people. This year, the 'Mini Cruises Mini Prices' ethos returns with P&O Ferries reducing the starting rate to from £40 per person.
While the offer is not called a two for one deal, you don't need to be a mathematician to see that this is effectively an identical offer. However, this year groups of three and five can take advantage of the same value that those travelling as a couple or a group of four used to enjoy.
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Sail dates are available from October 2018 to December 2018.
Prices start from £40 per person based on Sunday to Wednesday sailings. Thursday sailings start from £43 per person. Friday sailings start from £63 per person. Saturday sailings start from £45 per person.
The sailing itself is the same. You'll set sail from Hull in the evening bound for Zeebrugge. Enjoy the great entertainment on-board your crossing and enjoy a comfortable night's sleep in an en-suite inside cabin.
The following morning you'll dock in Zeebrugge and board a coach for a transfer to Bruges, near the main train station. You'll have around 8 hours of free time in Bruges (depending on when you dock, and when you choose to catch the return coach back to the port).
Explore the historic city, take a wander around the old streets or through a museum, sample some authentic Belgian Frites and make sure you check out the delicious artisan chocolate on offer. Check out my Bruges guide too!
Your return sailing departs in the early evening and sails overnight back to Hull, giving you another chance to enjoy yourself on-board.
Sailings leave Hull daily so you should be able to get the dates of your choice, though the offer is subject to availability. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Want to spend more time in Bruges? For a supplement from as little as £10 per person you can extend your holiday to a three night break. You'll need to book a hotel separately but that gives you the freedom to choose one to suite your budget and preferences.
New this year is the ability to extend your Bruges stay to four nights. Again, you'll need to book a hotel separately but the extra time can be well worth the extra hassle. This option appears to start from £125 per person.
Hat tip to reader Dan who spotted these cheap winter 2018 cruise fares on the Direct Ferries website. I'm not sure how long this early booking opportunity will stick around (I don't expect it to be long) so if you want to snap up a cheap winter mini cruise, do it sooner rather than later.
A note on Direct Ferries' booking fees
Direct Ferries has begun to start charging a booking fee on all its ferry bookings. The fee is based on the total booking price and is £2 for orders of £99 or less; £3 for orders between £100 and £199; £4 for orders between £200 and £299; £5 for orders between £300 and £399; £6 for orders between £400 and £499; and £7 for orders of £500 or more. This fee is added to your basket right before you pay.
The dull-but-necessary small print
All deals are subject to availability and can be withdrawn by the operator without prior notice. The lead-in prices (otherwise known as the 'from' prices) are, unless otherwise stated above, based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin on the cheapest available date. In this promotion the lead-in price will be based on the cheapest ticket available during the offer period of between Saturday 28th April 2018 and Tuesday 31st July 2018 booked at the start of the promotion. Typically the best prices are available at the start of any promotion period so the earlier you book the better choice of sailing dates and cabin availability you should have. Mid-week sail dates are likely to be cheaper than weekend sail dates. Additional terms and conditions imposed by the operator will apply to this offer in addition to their standard terms and conditions, both of which can be found on their website.