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National Ferry Fortnight, Holland on your bike

To mark National Ferry Fortnight, Stena Line has a very special offer running on its Harwich to the Hook of Holland service.

Here’s a special occasion, non flying friends: National Ferry Fortnight. Who knew?

To mark the event, which starts on Monday (March 2 2015) and runs until the 15th, Stena Line is offering travellers on its Harwich to Hook of Holland service free crossings for children (0-15 years), pets – and bicycles: I have a child and I’m getting a dog this year. I do, however, fall off bikes – but two out of three ain’t bad. And if I was going to brave a no fly trip on a push bike, Holland would definitely be the place to do it.

The special deal means that a family of four with kids, bikes and a pet can travel for just £146 return, saving over £120. A family of four with a pet and a car can also travel from just £147 return, with a saving of £59.

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Onboard the ferries, you’re promised hotel-like facilities, including en-suite cabins, Swedish-designed Dux beds, flat screen TV and free WiFi internet access. Family cabins are available and there’s an à-la-carte restaurant, a children’s play area, an onboard cinema and a basketball court onboard.

Holland is a pet-friendly country, with cafes, restaurants and hotels catering for guests with dogs in tow. For the seven hour crossing, passengers with pets can book a special kennel onboard: superferries even have a “kennel-cam” so you can keep a close eye on your beloved pooch from your cabin.

And if you’re into the bike idea, you could cycle from Hook to the historic city of Utrecht, where the Grand Depart will be hosted on 4 July 2015. Or cycle North to Amsterdam, city of canals, cafes and John and Yoko memories. Rotterdam is also handily placed to the South of the dutch ferry port.

The offer is valid on new bookings made during National Ferry Fortnight, using the code FREE15 and is valid on travel until 31 December 2015.

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How to book a Stena Line trip to Holland:

Stena Line offers twice-daily, seven hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Return foot passenger fares for adults start from £73pp and a return crossing for two adults with a car start from £147.  Cabins start from £15 per person each way.

Travellers can book the special offers listed using the code FREE15 on new bookings during National Ferry Fortnight, between 2 and 15 March 2015 and they are valid for travel up to 31 December 2015. For full terms and conditions and to book visit: To book these offers, visit


Images: Stena Line/Shutterstock

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