The renowned value of a bargain P&O Ferries Hull to Rotterdam mini cruise is back!
It looks like the 'Mini Cruises Mini Prices' promotion has returned again this year with P&O Ferries. Rotterdam mini cruises start from £40 per person.
The promotion replaces the two-for-one deal a few years ago, but is in essence the same thing. Unlike the 2 for 1 deal, groups of three and five can take advantage of the same great value that those travelling as a couple or a group of four used to enjoy. Besides, 'per person' pricing is much easier to deal with!
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Sail dates are available from November 2021 to March 2022. 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 £58 per person. Friday and Saturday sailings start from £60 per person. This is for an entry-level cabin. If you want to travel in a larger cabin or a suite, those come with small supplements, depending on availability.
The sailing itself is the same. You'll set sail from Hull in the evening bound for Europoort near Rotterdam. 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 at Europoort and board a coach for a transfer into Rotterdam city centre. You'll have around 7 hours of free time in Rotterdam (depending on when you dock, and when you choose to catch the return coach back to the port). Explore the cosmopolitan city, take in the sights and sounds and immerse yourself in the local culture.
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.
You can also conveniently pre-book your meals (dinner and breakfast) for the outbound and return sailing at the time you book your mini cruise, so you don't have to worry about paying for it onboard. I do this as it's more convenient for me, but it's completely optional.
Want to spend more time in Rotterdam?
For a supplement from as little as £10 per person (depending on 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. To book this, select the '3 night' mini cruise option which secures your outbound and return ferry accommodation. You'll then need to book land-based accommodation for the one night in-between these dates. It's up to you what you book, from a cheap and cheerful hostel right up to a luxury suite. I've done this for the last few times I've sailed as it allows me to spend a night on land in the city, and it makes the whole mini cruise experience more relaxing.
Fancy Amsterdam instead?
The same great rates are available on Hull to Amsterdam mini cruises too.
How to book
Right now, these rates are only showing for me over at Direct Ferries. They've built this handy price search tool for my readers. Pop in your dates and destination, and it'll show you the options, along with some alternative dates to consider. Here's a screenshot of my search.
If you'd rather book with P&O Ferries directly, you can check their website here ° to see if the winter dates are available. They were available to book via their telephone booking system but not online (yet).
Advice for booking in the wake of Coronavirus: Be sure to read up on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and requirements before you book as government advice can change rapidly. You'll find P&O Ferries' Covid-19 policy here ° and details on foreign travel rules here °. Also make sure you're familiar with the health and safety protocols imposed by the ferry operator and by the governments domestically and overseas. Read the booking terms and conditions carefully. Be sure you know exactly where you stand on travel disruption and cancellation before you book, and make sure you take out a good travel insurance policy. (In the past, customers of mini cruises cancelled by the operator were issued travel vouchers for a future sailing). If you are booking accommodation or activities for your time in Rotterdam separately, I'd strongly advise you to book cancellable and refundable options wherever possible, just in case of unforeseen events.
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.