"Nice way to start and finish a holiday"
Reviewed 08 September 2014 by Richard
An excellent idea to wake up after a good night's sleep and then have a whole day to drive to wherever you are going on holiday. We drove to Hamburg for example. Also at the end of the holiday to arrive rested and early and we were home by 8.30 am with a whole day to get ready for work and school. The cabins are compact but very comfortable. It's nice to check in early and have time for a relaxing meal before turning in. Would definitely recommend although it's not cheap.
'Richard' travelled Harwich Hook of Holland with Stena Line on Stena Hollandica
"travelling with Stena line"
Reviewed 08 September 2014 by Eleonora
I have travelled with Stena line for the first time and realy enjoyed it.Staff was friendly and the service excellent. The accomodation on board was great,specialy the cabin with a window. I would travel with Stena line again
'Eleonora' travelled Harwich Hook of Holland with Stena Line on Stena Hollandica
"Exactly as advertised"
Reviewed 07 September 2014 by Mark
I recently needed a short notice ferry crossing Harwich- Hoek van Holland (car plus 1 passenger) and booked the day before travel through directferries.com using the Stena Line service. On-line booking/payment was straightforward (my only gripe was the eventual fare being about £60 more than initially advertised - I logged off the site, went to check some diary details and when I logged back on a couple of hours later the fare had increased. Gggggrrrh!I've found this common to various on-line booking systems - Ryanair being the worst offender) Check in and boarding was swift; the large ferry clean and comfortable for the daytime crossing. I had a late and reasonably priced breakfast in the cafeteria, then because the weather was so favourable, sat on deck for the 6+ hour crossing.For those who wished to partake, there were plenty of on-board facilities, including a cinema (at additional cost). Disembarkation in Holland was straightforward, although there was only one passport control booth open dockside which led to long delays for car passengers leaving the port. My return crossing was overnight so I had to book a cabin. Mine was a basic, single, inside unit with en-site: towels and shower gel included - perfectly adequate. I dined in the Maritime restaurant - for a car ferry a reasonable menu selection and swift attentive service. I enquired on the outbound crossing if I needed to book the restaurant and was told at the Purser's desk it wasn't necessary. I'd say its advisable:I went for supper immediately after boarding and before the ship sailed - so around 1915hrs and it was already quite busy with people who hadn't pre-booked tables being turned away. My tip would be to pre-book and request a table either at a window or in the centre row - mine was against the partition with the neighbouring cafeteria and it was very noisy with tired children and short-tempered parents!The pre-set menu at Euros30 is good vale and offers most of what's available on the full menu. Drinks were reasonably priced, but more than you'd pay on-shore. It was interesting to sit there and people watch - lots of passengers clearly imagining they were on a luxury cruise not a car ferry - trying to brow beat staff into accommodating friends who hadn't pre-booked, moving tables, etc., and making really silly demands on waiting staff. One couple even marched in as if they owned the vessel and sat down, demanding to be given menus without waiting to be seated. It was politely made clear, the table they occupied was booked and they left rather sheepishly.It amused me but some people,eh?. I didn't spend much time around the public areas after supper but retired to my cabin for an early night. A very comfortable bunk in a well ventilated cabin and little movement of the ship overnight. Next morning, we'd already docked in Harwich when the early morning wake-up call sounded at 0530am. Disembarkation was scheduled for 0630+ so a hot shower (very hot -be warned!)and breakfast. Breakfast was plentiful but bland and for what it was: expensive a set price of Euros15. The quality was below that of a Wetherspoons pub. There was a snack option available at one of the bars but it seems many passengers either opted for an extra few minutes under the duvet and no breakfast, or brought their own to eat in the cabin. A sensible choice in my opinion. I'd recommend directferries.com for booking crossings. On this occasion they were the cheapest but I can't say that's always the case. I've been looking at a crossing to Ireland for next month, and have found cheaper options elsewhere (Irish crossings are SO expensive compared to those across the Channel/North Sea - why?). I'd also recommend Stena for the Harwich -Hoek van Holland route, but would probably take my own breakfast next time......... directferries.com - 9/10 Stena Line - 9/10
'Mark' travelled Harwich Hook of Holland with Stena Line on Stena Britannica
Reviewed 07 September 2014 by Samuel
I have travelled on this ferry line before and previously I have called up to enquire about why when I got into my vehicle it had triggered an intruder alarm which came up on the dash, when I called up I was patched through to some management somewhere who said they would investigate it but never heard back. Yet now I have travelled with them again the intruder warning has still come up.
'Samuel' travelled Harwich Hook of Holland with Stena Line on Stena Britannica
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The town is believed to date from the mid-12th century. Its position on the estuaries of the Stour and Orwell rivers and its usefulness to mariners as the only safe anchorage between the Thames and Humber led to a long period of maritime significance, both civil and military. The town was heavily fortified, with Harwich Redoubt, Beacon Hill Battery, and Bath Side Battery. Many operations of the large container port at Felixstowe and of Trinity House, the lighthouse authority, are managed from Harwich, and a new container port in Bathside Bay has been proposed. Harwich today is contiguous with Dovercourt and the two along with Parkeston are often referred to collectively as Harwich.
Nearby places include Felixstowe to the northeast, Ipswich to the northwest and Colchester to the southwest. The town is believed to date from the mid-12th century.
Hook of Holland is a busy port. But it's also a resort, sometimes called "Rotterdam-by-the-Sea." This port-resort arrangement is typical of the Dutch and Belgian coasts: with large populations and little land, the seacoast has two "jobs" to do: handle shipping, and provide recreation for summer tourists. But the Dutch are so tidy that they manage to conceal the dock works from the resort beaches. Close to the industrial districts of Europoort and Rotterdam, it is literally situated on a corner - if you turn left from the North Sea beach onto the promenade which runs along the Nieuwe Waterweg (the access river to the harbour of Rotterdam) you can almost touch the ships that sail past. For this reason, the promenade attracts many visitors. The district of Hoek van Holland covers an area of 16.7 km² (of which 13.92 km² is land). It has endless possibilities, whether on kilometres of beach, or cycling or walking through the countryside.