Here's a heads up for the early bookers - bargain Hull to Rotterdam mini cruises are back, but it's hush hush for now.
Last year we saw the 'Mini Cruises Mini Prices' promotion. Fares started from £40 per person, similar to the 2 for 1 deal a few years ago which started from £79 for two people (equivalent to £39.50 per person).
It looks like this offer is back again for 2017, but as we're enjoying Summer, there's not much in the way of promotion yet. This means you can find the best rates right now, assuming you are able to plan your winter break now.
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. Like last 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 2017 to December 2017. I expect January 2018 to March 2018 dates will follow in due course, but my comparison page only goes up to December at the moment.
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. To get an actual quote for your own travel dates, select "Rotterdam Mini Cruise (departs Hull) (2 Nights)" when you get a quote here °.
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.
Want to spend more time in Rotterdam? 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. To get a quote for this, make sure you select "Rotterdam Mini Cruise (departs Hull) (3 Nights)" when you get a quote here °.
Tip: Book online to avoid a surcharge that is applied to telephone bookings.
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 Wednesday 21st June 2017 and Sunday 31st December 2017 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 °.