Before I start this post I want to confirm this is not sponsored or a collaboration. I did sail to Amsterdam with P & O Ferries in January as part of the Bonkers Minicruise and in return for my trip, I had to review the Bonkers Bingo experience. There was no suggestion of me reviewing the actual ship or the journey as part of that collaboration, so I’ve done this off my own back because I talked about taking the same trip with DFDS last year.
I was very lucky that this trip didn’t cost me anything, because it was in return for me writing about Bonkers Bingo. I’ve just priced the trip up for this weekend with the same cabin we had, 90 minutes free wifi on the way out, and breakfast and tea included like we had-£330 approx, although some dates will cost more or less than this amount. That gives you a general idea of the price, though.
The ship had a bar, a cinema, a casino, a small games room and a small supermarket style shop. There was also a duty free style shop and a Starbucks. There was a brasserie style restaurant and a buffet style one (which was included in our tickets, so we ate here both nights) The food was decent-not the most amazing food ever, but there was a good selection and you helped yourself to what you wanted. Soft drinks were included within the meal.
The entertainment on our trip was different to the usual entertainment so I can’t really comment on that. There were plenty of seats, though, and lots of options from the bar. I worked my way through the cocktail menu. There was a drunk man causing chaos and staff swiftly dealt with that, removing him for the evening-I wasn’t worried.
We had longer in the city than we did on the DFDS trip despite the coach transfer being 50 minutes longer, at 90 minutes. We ended up with 6 hours in Amsterdam, which was enough time to do a couple of things I’d wanted to.
WOULD YOU GO AGAIN?
I don’t think I’d pay to sail again, on either DFDS or P & O, at the moment. My next trip to Amsterdam (officially not this year but, this is me-I’ll probably end up going this year!) will be a solo trip and I’ll be booking a quick KLM flight so I can get more time in the city, staying for two nights and then flying home again. I do quite like the experience of a minicruise though and so I wouldn’t say I’d never do one again.
Have you done a mini cruise to Amsterdam with P & O before?