Stena Line claim that you can enjoy good food and relax on their ships, shop at a good selection of shops and also enjoy the lifestyle and scenery of a voyage on the ocean whilst planning what you are going to do when you reach your destination. They have a large network covering the Irish Sea that forms a bridge between Scotland, Ireland and England - plus they go to the Scandinavian countries of the North and the East. You need to check in to Stena Line ships 30 minutes at the lease before the departure of the ship, this is an hour at Harwich.
You can park at the port if you are a foot passenger - every port from which Stena Line ships travel offer parking facilities on the site or at least very nearby. You should enquire at the port before you travel as there is normally a charge for the parking.
You will need a passport for your journey to most countries and if you are going to Ireland - both Northern Ireland and the Republic, then you should take some form of identity such as a passport or a driving licence.
Like with planes, there are limits to the baggage that you can take onto Stena Line Ferries. Should you be a Day Trip traveller you are only permitted to bring on one piece of hand luggage. You should not go above that limit for any reason. Should you be travelling for longer than 24 hours then you can take on two items of luggage in addition to the hand luggage that you are allotted. During the crossing, you need to stow away your hand luggage during the crossing, unless you are on the Stena HSS and the Stena Lynx in which case you can take hand luggage onto the passenger decks.
You can take children under the age of 4 onto Stena Line Ferries. You have to pay the same amount as for an adult should you be taking children between the ages of 4 and 16. Should you be travelling on foot the prices are cheaper. There are children's menus in the restaurant in addition to baby changing facilities but different routes have different boats which have a selection of different children's facilities. These include a playroom or creche or maybe a children's cinema and some have children's entertainers.
The routes are:
Holyhead - Dun Loaghaire
Fishguard - Rosslare
Stranraer - Belfast
Harwich - Hook of Holland