"Maybe Only Once"
I have nothing bad to say about the ship itself or her crew. They were friendly and courteous, from the men moving the cars onto the ferry, to the crew on deck. The food was decent, if bland for my taste, and plentiful. Prices on board weren't as bad as I feared. The ship departed and arrived promptly, and the ferry service was fast and efficient.
It was a rough crossing, very choppy, and for some mysterious reason many of the toilet stalls were locked. This led, later in the voyage, to vomit being left unflushed in the toilets that *were* open. Vomit in the seats, too, that the poor crew were trying desperately to clean up quickly, rubber gloves and all. The men's toilets began to reek when you passed. Thank goodness I'm female.
My main complaint is about the passengers. For some reason Brits seem to feel that their children should be allowed to run amok in the lounges, even though there was a play area with a film showing. Despite it being a rough crossing, by the fourth hour of the 5-hour voyage, there were children running up and down the staircases, sliding down the bannisters, and horsing around in front of the gift shop, with nary a parent in view. There didn't seem to be any crew members to monitor the children (or their parents) and get them off the stair rails. I must stress, the water was very rough, the ship was bucking and rolling, and people were letting kids as young as four or five muck about on the stairs while this was happening. I kept hoping one of them would fall off and hurt himself slightly so the parents would pay attention.
So, in a nutshell. Ship? Good. Crew? Good. Facilities? As much as can be expected on a ferry. More open toilet stalls would have been a good idea considering how rough the seas were. The passengers? It's understandable that Brits have such a poor reputation overseas. Their lack of attendance to their kids was shameful. And dangerous. So next time, maybe I'll make the long drive back up to Calais and take the Chunnel instead.
Reviewed by who travelled with DFDS Seaways on Seven Sisters