P&O Ferries Rotterdam Mini Cruise From £40pp

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

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This deal has expired but there are still great prices available.

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!

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.

Rotterdam Mini Cruise £40 Rate Dec 2020

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.

This deal has expired but there are still great prices available. If you think the deal is back on again please let me know and I'll let everyone else know the good news.

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.

(Photo credit to Jacques Kleisterlee)

4 comments on “P&O Ferries Rotterdam Mini Cruise From £40pp

  1. My friend and I have been on one of your mini cruises to Bruge Xmas market and enjoyed it immensely. This year I was looking for us to go Dordrecht Christmas market, Which appears to be worth a visit, but there is no organised shuttle bus/coach from Rotterdam to Dordrecht? Does this mean booking say three nights away and organising our own transport ie train from Rotterdam? We are both lady seniors, so would appreciate your advice?

    • I am glad you enjoyed Bruges. I'm heading there this year although I think I'll miss the Christmas markets sadly. You are right, there is no organised trip to Dordrecht so this is what I would do. I'd book the three-night Rotterdam cruise-and-stay mini cruise, taking advantage of the 2-for-1 pricing. That includes ferry accommodation on night one and three, so I'd book a night in Rotterdam. The coach drops you off next to Centraal Railway Station so a hotel nearby would be handy, although Rotterdam has a great tram and bus network, so that opens up plenty of choices. From Centraal Station, I'd take a a 20-minute train direct to Dordrecht at around €5 per person each way, spending as much time as I want to there before heading back.

      Alternatively, there's nothing that says you can't take the train to Dordrecht and book a one night hotel stay there. Just remember to be back in Rotterdam in plenty of time to catch the return coach back to the ferry (the last bus is at 5pm although I'd recommend getting there a bit earlier, just in case there are delays on the train). If you want to spend as much time in Dordrecht as you can on a mini cruise, this would be the way to do it.

    • What dates are you search for? I've booked my own trip for £40pp (+booking fee) and know plenty of others who are bagging their winter trip now. Remember it's for sailing October to December 2018, and the cheaper dates are available on sailings on a Sunday to Wednesday.

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