A cross-Channel ferry offers enough distractions for Pat Riddell and his family
Cabin: Our cabin wasn’t essential for the nine-hour daytime crossing but did prove to be a valuable way of varying our time onboard — the novelty of being on a ferry soon wears off for kids. The four bunks were also worth it for 40 winks as well as the TV, en suite and a bit of personal space to spread out in.
Entertainment: The onboard cinema was exciting for the kids, so immediate queuing for tickets and an hour or so wait until The Secret Life of Pets meant we’d already accounted for a significant portion of the journey. There are also quite a few children’s entertainment options, from play areas and games rooms to entertainers.
Food & drink: We grabbed coffee, juice and pastries early on from one of the cafes and had a quick lunch in the self-service restaurant. Quality and prices were generally reasonable and there was plenty of choice for the whole journey.
Service: Interaction was limited but staff were friendly, courteous and helpful and the whole experience was about as easy and straightforward as it could have been.
Journey time: 9h