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Wednesday 9th September

Off we go - well maybe

semi-overcast 13 °C

So it’s a third attempt at a holiday for 2020, the year that Coronavirus (Covid-19) hit the world.

It all started back in March when we tried Vietnam - see the separate blog, and a few weeks ago we failed at The Loire Valley in France when travel to France was suspended 2 days before we were to travel.

With staff problems at work finally sorted and getting on top of the work after 6 months of long days and 7 day weeks we thought we would try it again.

So 3 days ago we started to re book not knowing if it would work, there are international travel restrictions, Germany has a very low infection rate so we choose there. However how do you get here, flights a no-no - we did not want to travel on infected planes and so that left the ferry and driving.

The problem is the “North Sea wall” is blocked e.g. Belgium, Netherlands and France. All with UK government “no international travel advised”

We choose to go from Hull via P&O ferries to Rotterdam. Yes I hear you say that is in Netherlands, but along with UK government advice as long as you don’t stop e.g. get out of the car (even for fuel) then that country is not included. At the stage of booking Germany has a 14 day quarantine period for travellers from Netherlands (but not UK) so we decided to set off and see what happens, we might not even get across the Border into Germany

So 3pm from Harrogate we set off and arrived at Hull docks (with a full tank of fuel) and boarded

As you can see there were not many cars on the ferry !!

We seem to have been upgraded a room - looking at the desk plan room 10190 - The York Room (the largest on the ship)


To say there was no one on board was an understatement - I walked round the entire ship after departure and except for a lot of very bored staff possibly 50 passengers !!!


We sat on deck 10 the top deck in the sun lounge whilst 2 staff served us drinks listening to a poor on board musician play live music to us. What he did when we went to dinner we will never know (we did clap when he finished each song)

Dinner was in the posh all-a-Carte restaurant and again we sailed down the Humber with an amazing window table to a fantastic 3 course meal

Oh I forgot security were obviously bored we had a full car search, under the bonnet and in the boot, would as the seemingly only passengers going to blow the boat up !

So we end day 1 gently rocking to sleep on our own Yacht

Posted by robinstride 06:44 Archived in United Kingdom

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