Last week, my Mum and I took a little city trip oversea’s to Amsterdam. I’ve never visited the city before and as I’m desperate to see some new countries this year, I was pretty excited about the trip. We actually went on a P&O mini cruise from Hull to cross the North sea to Rotterdam; the cruise included transfers to Amsterdam (and also Rotterdam if you preferred) and two nights onboard. You can go to your destination for the day or stay overnight for however many nights like we did.
We boarded the ship around 5 pm on Monday, check-in was really easy with no ques and we were onboard within 15 minutes. We were staying in an upgraded Club Cabin which was absolutely fantastic, I was really impressed with the room and facilities in the cabin. The cabin was spacious with a separate living area with a TV and a bedroom with two single beds. The room also had a shower room complete with The White Company toiletries and a separate toilet.
On Board Entertainment…
Cinema – Two screens showing the latest movies such as The Revenant, Dad’s Army and Joy.
Casino – Different slot machines and even a poker table if you’re feeling lucky.
Show Bar – Spead over two floors with a stage for musical entertainment on an evening.
Sky Lounge – Located on Deck 12 (The top deck), a lovely bar with panoramic views and a pianist on an evening.
Duty-Free Shopping – Three shops; Alcohol & Cigarettes, Souvenirs & Confectionary and Beauty & Women’s Accessories – I may have made a little purchase on the Benefit stand.
& A Children’s Play area, Lorry drivers Bar, Starbucks, a Brassiere & much more!
On the first evening, we headed straight to the World Buffet restaurant, there was a wide variety on offer from different meats, vegetables and also different curry’s and soup’s for the starter. The desserts really caught my eye with a wide selection of fruits, cakes and mini chocolate & lemon mousses in shot glasses. I’m not going to lie, I had a little bit of everything before being rolled out of the restaurant. haha!
After a pleasant’s night sleep, we were awoken by a tannoy message at 7 am to let us know that the breakfast was open and we would shortly be docking. I’m not exactly a morning person so I wasn’t a fan of the early wake-up call. When we went down for breakfast which was a similar set up to the evening before with the traditional cooked breakfast items, fruit and cereals all available. The boat docked at about 8.30am and we checked out of our room as we wouldn’t be returning the same evening before disembarking the boat and been greeted by a fleet of coaches going to various locations. We were booked on the Amsterdam bus which the trip took around an hour and a half. Despite it being freezing outside, the bus was uncomfortably warm. I think the air con was broken but I nearly passed out it was so warm! The bus back the next day was more pleasant, at least, I think it was, I was asleep.
On return to the UK we were in the same cabin but on a different boat, The Pride of Hull. The boat was pretty much the same as The Pride of Rotterdam. After yet another nap, we made our way to the Brasserie which is a table service restaurant. I would totally recommend this restaurant, the service was impeccable and the food unbelievably tasty. For starters, we both went for Beef in Yorkshire Pudding. Quite an odd choice for a starter but just incredibly tasty. The beef was cooked to perfection and crumbly whilst coated in red wine gravy. For mains, I went for Cod and Chips and my Mum went for a Beef Burger and because we couldn’t help ourselves we got desserts too!
We loved the Brasserie so much we returned in the morning for their table service breakfast, we only got a small cooked breakfast each but it was lovely and a great start to the morning. It was then time to pack up our things and disembark the ship back in Hull.