Let’s talk about summer with P&O Ferries


We’re taking a look at some of the things that might draw you to Holland this summer. An overnight P&O Ferry from Hull to Rotterdam could be the saving grace of the season. Readily affordable and easy to schedule passage out of the country allows you to make summer travelling easy and you’ll get to explore all the tantalising pleasures of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is host to 15 Michelin Star restaurants in 2018. There are four 2 star and 11 single star restaurants to choose between giving the city a total of 23 Michelin Stars. Tourism is at its height during the summer months so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

If you’re seeking a shorter weekend break you won’t have to sacrifice eating experiences however the Port of Rotterdam has three listed waterfront restaurants:

C.E.O bas sen het flees loosely translates to Boss of the Meat. We’ll skip the vegetarian jokes. This restaurant has received plenty of accolades for it’s premium meat selection including Japanese Kobe Wagyu beef and Black Angus shipped from America. The venue boasts an American grill which will give you the best US style beef dishes this side of the Atlantic.

Kwiezien: is a highly commended restaurant staffed by professional cooking students. They a range of Dutch and seafood dishes with carefully selected wine pairings. This restaurant caters to modern pallets with new and exciting flavour combinations.

Allure: a special place to eat, this restaurant lives up to its name, encompassing dining atmosphere with culinary excellence. Allure is now owned by staff who were once employees of the restaurant and have capitalised on their portfolio of customer care and fine cooking to polish up the restaurant to make it the outstanding establishment it is.

With P&O Ferries you and a partner could take a mini cruise from Hull to Rotterdam for as little as £80. Take in some fine dining, explore the city a little and be back on the boat in a day or two refreshed and planning your next adventure.


What’s summer without a good beach party? If you’re going to Holland this year then Bloemendaal’s beach parties are well worth the trip. Bloemendaal is on the coast near Amsterdam and you can get night buses for a woozy return to the capital after a hard night’s rave.
These beach parties begin in late May and run each weekend with a different theme all the way through to mid September. Take special note some of the themed parties will have strict dress codes and door policies.

The North Sea isn’t what you would normally think of for a beach holiday but the coastline of Holland makes for a fantastic getaway. If you’re staying in Amsterdam the coast is just a short drive away you’ll see the dunes that protect the flat mainland from flooding before the sea comes in to sight and then all you have to do is set up base camp before enjoying your day at the beach.

The coast of the Netherlands is divided in to three parts, Noord-Holland the more inhabited area where you’ll find the parties, bars, clubs and generally more vivacious atmosphere. It should be noted though that there’s also a quieter side of flower fields and picaresque Dutch villages.

Zeeland has to offer a more classical beach experience scenic views, and fantastic sunsets. It’s location has been used historically as a military position so you can explore some of the medieval forts. It’s also a good spot for kiting, surfing and wind surfing.

Finally the Wadden Islands are comprised of more natural beaches. This is an area of great importance to the wider ecosystem as the tide goes out a layer of fertile silt is left across the mudflats attracting wildlife from afar to come feast. You can cross the mudlfats on foot and take a close look at the abundance the sea has to offer. Take a hiking guide with you for added safety and they’ll be able to tell you in depth what it is that makes the Wadden Islands so important.


P&O Ferries offer a pet service if you can’t bear to be parted from your dog or cat. A beach holiday will be made all the more satisfying if you don’t have those nagging doubts about your prized pooch in a kennel back in the UK.

For £17 per trip you can bring your cat, dog or ferret with you on board the ferry. It will have to be in the kennel area for the voyage though you can go with staff to check on your pet, they are looked in on every 2 hours. Certain provisos must also be adhered to such as a pet passport and vaccinations – to find out more click here .

The overnight passage from Hull to Rotterdam is open for bookings now, we look forward to seeing you in Holland this summer!

Image Credit: Marcelo Campo , Robert Hertel

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