"Kennels are just awful, the car is a better option."
We took our dog with us and upon seeing the kennels, chose to leave him in the car instead. There was no security (locks on kennels or key code to get into them) so anyone could go and take our dog. They look awfully sad, no effort to make them remotely nice for the dogs. On the way back, given that it was a longer journey, we thought we'd see if we could make them nice. Didn't even try as there was sick all over the kennels, not been cleaned up from the previous journey. Absolutely disgusting. I don't understand why, given the number of people who had dogs on the ferry, there isn't a dog friendly lounge where we can bring our pets. Especially given there was human sick multiple places on the carpet upstairs, kids making a mess etc, it's not like having a dedicated dog space would make the ferry any less pleasant.
Another annoyance was despite us being among the first to the ferry, our queue were the last to board both times and last to get off the boat. Bit frustrating when you've sat there for an hour and see cars just arriving getting on/leaving first. Added time to an already long journey.
Otherwise, the ferry was on time, the cafe was OK (though pricey) and we were kept up to date with arrival times. Would use again perhaps through lack of choice, though perhaps leave the dog with a boarder at home and arrive later to get boarded.
Reviewed by who travelled with Stena Line on Stena Europe