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Make a Big Splash with a Ferry Romantic Getaway

  •   Valentine deals still available to book, from romantic cabins and gourmet on board treats to dreamy destinations

(11 February 2020) Whether you are looking to add some romance to your life this month, or would simply love to take a short break, Discover Ferries has put together some ferry good suggestions for a February escape.

“There is something innately romantic about travelling via water, whether you’re taking a short trip across our beautiful British Isles, or sailing over to romantic destinations like Ireland and Continental Europe,” comments Emma Batchelor, director of Discover Ferries. “When you couple that with the excellent facilities available on board modern ferries, from romantic deluxe cabins, to gourmet on board dining, it is not hard to see why ferry travel remains one of the UK’s favourite ways to travel.”

The latest industry figures show that more than 37 million passenger journeys[1] were made by ferry within the UK and to the British Islands, Ireland, France, Spain and Holland in 2019. A recent survey by IRN Research² also revealed that ferry travellers were overwhelming happy with their experience (92% rated it as good or very good), with 82% of travellers saying they would recommend ferry travel to friends and family.

Find our top bookable romantic deals and destinations from Discover Ferries members below.


France is synonymous with romance, and we think you can’t help but fall in love with Brittany Ferries’ luxurious Commodore and De Luxe cabins, which are a popular choice with couples. And if you love your dog too much to leave them behind, you can also book a pet friendly cabin. There are still a few of these cabins left (at time of press release) for Friday 14th February, but they sell out fast.

Brittany Ferries is also offering other Valentine’s treats and celebrations across its fleet up until 16th February, from special entertainment and competitions to gourmet treats including a special Cointreau, Grenadine and champagne-based “love cocktail” available at the bar. To book your trip or for more information, visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/onboard/onboard-offers


If your heart belongs to the Emerald Isle, why not enjoy a romantic getaway in an Irish Castle from just £235 per person with Irish Ferries Holidays? With views over Dublin Bay, a fine-dining restaurant, intimate bar, indoor pool and boutique-style rooms, the stunning four-star Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel is a real gem for couples seeking a romantic retreat.

Sail across the Irish Sea with Irish Ferries (Holyhead to Dublin) for this three-night deal, including daily breakfasts and the return ferry crossing with a car on a stylish cruise ferry.

To book, call 08717 300 400 or visit www.irishferries.com/holidays.

For those who fancy a more contemporary trip to the heart of Ireland’s capital city, we recommend checking out Stena Line’s Winter hotel deal including a £50 discount on a ferry and hotel offer. You can stay at the modern boutique Marlin Hotel from £289 per person sharing, including a delicious romantic breakfast at the hotel, as well as a return crossing with a car on one of Stena Line’s modern ferries from Holyhead to Dublin. With the hotel situated at just a just a few minutes’ walk from Stephens Green and the best of Dublin’s great shopping and restaurants, we think there is plenty to make your heart sing.

If you’re looking for a trip further north, you might want to check out Stena Line’s epic ferry and hotel deal to Belfast from £230 per person sharing at the beautiful and historic Titanic Hotel. Nestled in the bosom of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the hotel is just a short romantic stroll from the city centre. The offer includes breakfast and return crossing with Stena Line for a car from Cairnryan to Belfast.

To book either of these Stena Line deals, visit www.stenaline.co.uk/winterhotelsale50 or call 08445 768 768 and use the code Winter50.

Belgium and Holland

If you are looking to go Dutch or for a sweet Belgian treat, then we think your heart will melt at P&O Ferries’ Valentine MiniCruise and meals package, offering a 20% discount on midweek travel to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. The package is for travel dates from 23 February – 30 March 2020 and includes an en-suite cabin for two nights, live on board entertainment and coach transfers in Holland to Rotterdam and Belgium to Bruges.

This offer is available to book online at www.POFerries.com, using voucher code NSVLTN-20 and is bookable on from 14th-16th February only.

If you like to be serenaded, you might want book P&O’s special Valentine’s weekend MiniCruise, operating this weekend only, and featuring singalong versions of two box office hits: The Greatest Showman on the outbound sailing; Bohemian Rhapsody on the return journey.

Completing the line-up, passengers can expect an unforgettable performance from renowned Freddie Mercury tribute act, Tony Grant, as well as a captivating show of magic and illusion by renowned artists Zooka and Suzie Q.

Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, operates from a beautiful Island that you’re bound to fall in love with. Whether you are looking for a relaxing trip away with romantic walks on the beach, or an indulgent break full of delicious local food, wines and beers, there is much to love about this destination. For a special trip, we recommend upgrading to a premium cabin, where you can enjoy a romantic meal for two during your crossing. Pet friendly cabins are also available. You can sail with Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to the Isle of Man from Heysham year round and from Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin seasonally. Check out the ferry timetable here: www.steam-packet.com/timetables.


If you can’t manage a short break, how about treating your loved one to a little romance on the river this Valentine’s Day, with Thames Clippers’ two-for-one Adult River Roamer ticket offer? The popular Thames River Bus service also has a lovely bubbly two-for-one offer on 187ml bottles of Prosecco from the on board bar. Book your River Roamer tickets online via www.thamesclippers.com/whats-on-discounts/romance-on-the-river-this-valentines-day using voucher code FEB14.

Discover Ferries members operate over 80 ferry routes across the UK, Ireland and British Isles. For further inspiration or information on where you can travel by ferry, visit www.discoverferries.com/category/information/offers.

[1] Source Discover Ferries IRN FerryStat 2020

²Source Discover Ferries IRN Continental Ferry Survey 2019