We were a little apprehensive as we boarded this awesome vessel. Not exactly Titanic, I grant you, but for committed land-lubbers, it was a leap into the unknown! This is the 5am crossing, which is why it's a bit hazy, not my terrible photography! We arrived really early, because we were so worried about missing our boat. On arrival, we were greeted by a member of the crew, who directed us into a lane. We were first, which was fab, because we could observe all the comings and goings. We were really quite mesmerised by the slick organisation of the offloading and boarding of the vehicles. We were told we would begin boarding at 4.50am, so naturally assumed they must be running late. Not so, it really did take just ten minutes to board all the cars and set off on time. Here is a short video of us disembarking. This was on the return journey and we got a shock when the car descended with the ramp! Luke thought it was great fun.
On the way to Fishbourne, it was very quiet. I don't think many people wanted to get up that early! I have to say, the facilities were fantastic. There was a play area for the children...
|A close up of the play area!|
The facilities were brilliant for the grown ups too. The first thing we did when we arrived on board was hit the Greggs! We were starving and it was a very welcome sight, particularly as the prices were reasonable, which is a huge bonus when you are travelling. The seating areas were so clean and comfortable, it felt like a luxury cruiseliner.
|Tables overlooking the sea|
The best part of the crossing, by far, was the viewing deck. If you ever get the chance to travel in the early morning, grab it. As well as feeling like the only passengers on the crossing, you get to witness the most beautiful sunrise over The Solent. It's fabulous!
|Sunrise over the sea|
We were actually quite sad that it wasn't a longer crossing. It was so much fun and I would highly recommend it if you want to give your youngsters the feeling of travelling 'abroad' without the hassle of passports and whatnot. We will definitely be going back for another trip!