P&O Ferries Bruges Mini Cruise From £40pp

Sail from Hull to Bruges from as little as £40 per person with P&O Ferries.

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Strolling through Bruges in December

So, the renowned value of a P&O Ferries 2 for 1 Hull to Bruges mini cruise is back.

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.

Sail dates are available from October 2019 to March 2020. Some dates are blacked out, presumably reserved at this time for themed cruises.

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.

TRIED AND TESTED! I sailed to Bruges with P&O Ferries. You can read my Bruges mini cruise review here.

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 compare prices on routes? Direct Ferries has put this cool price comparison engine together for my readers. I use it to search for the best fares across a number of providers and routes. It's particularly handy when you want to compare mini cruises to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or Bruges side-by-side. Try it here.

Want to spend more time in Bruges?
For a supplement from as little as £10 per person (depending on your travel dates) 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.

Book through Direct Ferries and you'll also have 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.

This deal is available but it won't hang around for long. Book as early as you can to get the best choice of dates and cheapest prices. I have been advised this deal is due to expire on Sunday 29th March 2020. If you think the deal is no longer available please let me know and I'll let everyone else know.

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. 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.

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46 comments on “P&O Ferries Bruges Mini Cruise From £40pp

    • Availability is normally greater at the beginning of the campaign, but there are still dates available according to P&O. Generally, the cheaper dates are at the start of the week when demand is lower.

  1. Hi, looking to book a Bruges mini-cruise next April (Easter hols). Currently though, you can only book to the end of March. When would you expect April dates to be available?. Thanks

  2. I’m looking at travelling on foot to Amsterdam or any other destination in mid October ..any deals on for one person ? Never travelled on a ferry before and live in Hull so don’t need parking etc

    • I've checked and the solo supplement on sailings from Hull is actually quite reasonable. The 'Mini Cruise Mini Prices' offer starts from £40pp with two sharing (from £80 a cabin), with solo traveller rates starting from £60 a cabin. If you can book now for travel in late October, earlier in the week, you should find this rate available right now on Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or Bruges mini cruises.

      If you want to spend a bit longer in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or Bruges, you can book the 3 night mini cruise (you'll need to book one night's accommodation on land separately) from £70 a cabin.

      The fare includes accommodation in an inside cabin (no window) but excludes food and drink. You can pre-book meals if you want to, or grab a light snack onboard. Drinks prices are comparable to a London hotel.

      If you've got any more questions, please just ask!

  3. I’m trying to book a mini cruise to Bruges, via direct ferries, however the only available is to Zeebrugge, do you know if this includes the transfer to Bruges?

    • Yes. They have a Club class 5 bunk cabin. To book this grade of cabin you'd need to head to P&O direct °.

      There's not many of these cabins so they are pricey. As in one of the most expensive on the ship. But it does come with Club class perks so it's more comfortable.

      To save money, consider splitting the group so ad adult and child stays in one 2 bunk cabin, while an adult and two children stay in a 4 bunk cabin. A ran a quick quote on this and this option saved 40% of the cost for a random date three months out.

    • Booked mini.cruise for 5 nightmare , catalogue of errors ... system not working, not received call backs - taken payment twice and not got coach transfers. Call me back, taken over 2 hours .... want to xl and payment sent back to cards now please. Waited 40 minutes on phone and no answer.

      • I'm sorry to hear about this. I book mine online and haven't had a problem so far. I'd definitely persevere, especially if it has taken two lots of fees. It might be best to send them an email to avoid spending more time on the phone. I hope it is resolved swiftly.

    • Dinner is normally served between 18:00/18:30 and 22:00 in the Brasserie a la carte restaurant and in The Kitchen buffet restaurant. The coffee shop usually sells light snacks too.

  4. Hi, when will we know if there are any 241 offers for the summer? Thinking of seeing if we can get a good deal to go in August for the other half's 30th.

    • There's a very slim chance of August dates. Last year, the 241 sale began a bit earlier than normal for bookings in late August although it was for dates between September and March, as is normally the case. If you can hold off until September for the celebrations, there's a strong chance of a cheap fare if they run another 'mini cruise mini prices' promotion.

    • Sorry, you'll need a passport as you are crossing from the UK into the EU (regardess of whether you plan to head to Belgium (for Bruges) or The Netherlands (for Amsterdam or Rotterdam). It's a costly initial expense but on the plus side, once you've caught the cruising bug you'll want to use your passport a whole lot more!

  5. Hey, great piece to read. Never done a mini cruise before and wondered how easy it is and stress free it all. Parking in the port to getting the right boat haha. What time allowance do I need ext.

    • Stress-free is the name of the game. Pay and display parking at the port in Hull is next to the terminal buildings. Just roll up, pay for a ticket, and head on the ship. Check-in closes 90 minutes before departure. Departure time to Zeebrugge (for Bruges) is usually 1830hrs.

      There are quicker ways to Bruges but few are as easy as a mini cruise.

    • In terms of accessibility, P&O Ferries offers wheelchair assistance to and from the ships. Onboard, the lifts are wheelchair-friendly although Deck 12 on the Hull to Rotterdam route is not accessible to wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are available on all ships and the shopping and dining areas are all accessible. There are a limited quantity of accessible cabins but these need to be booked directly.

      There's no mention in their accessibility policy of mobility scooters. I'm certain you'd need to bring your own but it would be worthwhile giving them a ring to discuss the practicalities.

    • In the majority of mini cruise bookings, you can leave your luggage on the ship so long as there is a key on your boarding card (the check-in staff will let you know). It isn't guaranteed through. That said, this has been the case each time I've sailed with them, which really saves lugging a backpack or suitcase around.

    • The current pre-book prices are £11 per person for breakfast, £19 per person for dinner, or £26 per person if you pre-book both dinner and breakfast in a meal deal. These prices are per leg of the journey, so double the prices if you plan to eat on the ship there and back.

    • That's a great question. It boils down to supply and demand. Motorist bookings tend to be pretty stable throughout the year. You will find some ferry operators offering sweeteners to increase demand when it slumps slightly, but they don't need to drop the prices substantially as the demand is usually there. Conversely, foot passenger traffic is quite volatile. In the summer months it booms, but in the winter months, people need an incentive to book. 2 for 1 (or equivalent value) deals are very good at stimulating lots of demand, and helps to level out the seasonality in foot passenger traffic.

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