Most girls’ idea of luxury travel would be flying first class, or being chauffer driven in some fancy sports car – well, not for this Travelette! Having taken inspiration from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, I recently embarked on a little mini trip from England to Belgium by … you guessed it …. by boat!

I was a little nervous about sailing, because the idea of a 31,598 ton metal mass floating on the North Sea perplexes and also petrifies me; and as if that wasn’t enough – unfortunately I also get violently sea sick! Therefore, one of the first things I did onboard was to locate the life jackets and as you can see I was very happy when I’d found them (or am I the only one who watched Titanic a few too many times?!).
The boat itself was actually pretty cool; there was an onboard cinema, restaurant, casino, piano bar and even evening karaoke; what more could a Travelette on the seas desire? What I’ve also discovered, is that sailing is a great and really inexpensive alternative to flying! Not only is it considerably better for the environment, the price of the return trip for 3 of us was cheaper than a return ticket for 1 via plane– and there was the added advantage of being able to take the car and spend the night afloat.

Despite the fact the ports of Hull and Zeebrugge were both incredibly barren I found them really interesting; the fog and the dusk departure created a great atmosphere and it was fascinating to watch the Captain navigate the gigantic boat in and out of such tiny channels.*

We travelled with P&O ferries (they also do trips between the UK & France, the Netherlands and Ireland) and I’m already looking forward to my next trip aboard! Eat your heart out “Captain” Jack Sparrow.

(*geek alert geek alert)


lorna stokes This post was written by Lorna Stokes, part of the travelettes team from 2009 to 2013. Originally from the UK but currently based in Brussels after stints in Canada, Peru, Italy and a job for the French military, she’s always had an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places! She’s still travelling the world with her family so catch up with her adventures on Instagram & Twitter.