Hull ferries are simply a type of ferry. The name Hull Ferries refers to a certain brand of ferries which cruises between the ports of Hull in Great Britain to Rotterdam in Netherlands. Hull ferries are also known as the Pride of Hull and are one of the biggest ferry services that are in existence today.
The hull ferries were built in Venice in the Marghera yard by the company Fincantieri in around 14 months. The hull ferries are cruise ferries and are highly successful in their operations between the two above mentioned ports. Measuring 215.1 metres in length, 31.5 metres beam wise and 6.05 metres draught wise, the hull ferries are built specifically to cater to entertain people who want to be a part of the ferries’ esteemed services across the two ports.
The entire capacity of the hull ferries is about 546 cabins containing a total of 1,376 beds and a crew of 141 members. All such facilities mentioned clearly indicate that the hull ferries are one of the best service providers in the ship-cruise industry and have been doing so without compromising on any aspect of their client satisfaction.
Additionally, since hull ferries are fully equipped with separate entertainment areas for kids and adults, it further adds to the novelty and USP of the ship. Out of the 12 decks in the hull ferries, each deck is categorically specified, thus making it easy for the patrons to proceed to their required deck.
The construction and designing behind hull ferries is very planned, programmed and specific, making the accessibility aspect very clear and pointedly demarcating. This is very important while considering the point of vehicles that can be lodged in the hull ferries. Around 250 cars and caravans can be easily fitted into the vehicle-carrying compartment and so that the transportation of vehicles does not conflict while the passengers are disembarking, there is a specific side entrance to the same.
Another important speciality about the hull ferries is that their freight capacity and speed is something worth mentioning. At 22 knots, hull ferries have an impressive speed as impressive as their freight capacity is – about 3, 255 lane metres. As reiterated before, the construction of the hull ferries covers major points that touches any aspect of a cruise ship and covers it well.
The benefits of travelling as a passenger in the hull ferries, therefore can be summarised as being uncomplicated thanks to the way the ferries have been constructed and enjoyable due to the many entertainment facilities like a sky lounge, a La Carte restaurant, a lounge bar and so on and so forth.
Hull ferries were initially created to substitute cruise ships like Norsea and Norbay which have been redirected to other routes. But, even as a substitute, hull ferries have managed to capture the interest of patrons by providing excellent and quality services. As important and unique, is the route taken by the hull ferries, equally unique is the core servicing of the hull ferries making it one of the best in the business.
It has to be noted that Cruise-liners are a very important feature in marine travel and hull ferries complement and supplement the aspect of cruise-liners very well in their own unique way making them a worthy competitor and service provider at the same time.
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Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.