Now that we live in England we are dependent on the plane, boat or train to get to the other side of the sea. Nevertheless, the connections are well regulated and it is very easy to book a ticket online or by phone.
Last weekend was the first time since our move to London that we had to travel from England to another country. Ralf and I went away for a weekend together. Our destination, the city of Lille, located in the north of France. The famous Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants took place in the Grand Palais of Lille that weekend. Our mission: having fun together and buy great wines at this big fair.
Because we wanted to buy a large quantity of bottles, we decided to go by car. The plane therefore quickly fell off. I secretly looked forward to go travel once by the ferry from the UK to France so we decided to book a return ticket on the Dover-Dunkirk route at DFDS Seaways for just £ 59. The DFDS Seaways is the largest ferry company in Northern Europe. With 55 ships, they transport passengers and freight over 25 different routes. From short to long crossings and from mini cruises to seasonal and themed trips.
From our house in West London to Lille, it would take about five hours of traveling. The boat trip on the Dover-Dunkirk route covers two hours. Happily, we had beautiful clear weather on both the outward and return journeys so that we could enjoy the beautiful view outside on the deck in the sun.
The whole trip in the open air is a bit ambitious, in the middle of the sea it can be quite windy and the clear weather makes the air frosty in November. Fortunately, you can warm up indoors while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in one of the restaurants. Here you can also go for breakfast, lunch or dinner during the day.
The next time our daughter Lara goes with us on the boat, we will probably spend most of the time in the children’s corner. Adjacent to one of the restaurants is a screened room called the ‘Pirates Islands‘, decorated with fun objects where children can climb, lie and slide. Endless play fun. For the older children there is an arcade area with race games and video games.
Want to spoil yourself or someone else with a new perfume or a nice bottle of gin? Then visit the de Sea Shop where you can buy cosmetics, gadgets, drinks and sweets at affordable prices.
When you prefer some privacy and comfort during the trip, then you can upgrade your cruise by booking the Premium Lounge for £15 extra. Guests at the Premium Lounge can enjoy panoramic views of the sea while enjoying a snack and a drink. In addition, you get unlimited access to WiFi, television and you can use the many charging points.
During the two hours that we were on the boat, Ralf and I especially enjoyed the beautiful view. Together, somewhere on the sea, gazing at the horizon, with the bright sunlight shining on the water, here and there a fishing boat and above your head the sound of the seagulls looking for some food. Very restful.
In the distance a little bit of land that gets more and more shape. An intercom calls that we are almost there, passengers slowly pack their stuff, drink their last sip of tea and move towards the entrance of the closed parking garage on the deck. A bell is ringing and the garage doors are opened. Time to get into the car and leave the boat.
Back to the mainland. We are almost there.
For more information about tickets, different routes and the facilities on board, you can visit the website of DFDS Seaways.