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2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:58 pm

2014-05 AMS meet by ferry and Easyjet

Introduction

In the latter part of 2013, it was decided to hold a meeting, and the vote became clear that Amsterdam would be the chosen location. Another vote decided the dates for the weekend, and since it had been some years since I last attended such a gathering, I decided to attend. Amsterdam is quite close to my home of Norwich, and KLM flights can be fairly reasonable when booked as a return ticket with Saturday night away, but I wanted to make it a little more interesting. I wanted to try out the "Dutch Flyer" service for some time, and this was the excuse I needed. It consists of the last integrated rail / ferry ticket between the UK and the European mainland, and is the train from anywhere in the Anglia region, ferry ticket on the Harwich - Hoek van Holland ferry, and continuing train to anywhere in the Netherlands. There is a day sailing and an overnight sailing, the night boat having an obligatory cabin. I decided to take the Friday night ferry, arriving on the Saturday morning, and fly back (another EasyJet flight booked with Nectar points)


Route, courtesy of www.gcmap.com

Once the children were in bed, I left and made my way on foot to the station. I would usually walk unless I had large bags - in this case I was hand-baggage only.

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At the station, my train on the left

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On the train

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From the window

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The carriage. Note the operator logo

I opted to change trains at Ipswich, to take the once-per-day service from Peterborough that continues to Harwich International, rather than the other options which required a change at Manningtree instead.

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TIDS

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Ipswich station

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On the Harwich train

The train was non-stop from Ipswich to Harwich, the final stop, and there were two people in my carriage, myself included. The other passenger asked if he could borrow my phone to call a taxi, so very few Dutch Flyer passengers (the name of the combined rail+ferry ticket)

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River Stour

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First view of the ship

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The train, a Class 170 DMU

Inside the station, I followed the signs for departures. It was deserted. I was waved past the security X-Ray machine, to the "check in" desk. I glanced down when the agent asked my name, to see a list of just 10 passengers booked (including me). Bear in mind this was a Friday night crossing before a Bank Holiday weekend - I was surprised at how little used it was. I was given a key to my cabin, and a Dutch Railways ticket valid to any station.

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Deserted terminal

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Dutch Railways ticket

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Very long "Finger gate"...

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Still going...

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Here's the ship

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Onboard, cabins from the middle of the ship

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My cabin, a single (actually two berth) inside cabin

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Looking back towards the door and bathroom

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Shower

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Sink

I then went on deck, to have a look around.

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Outside smoking area

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Part of the lorry deck

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Back to the port

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Where the ship was built

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Outside basketball court

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One of the bars, back inside

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Route map (chart)

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Another bar. There were about 5 on board

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Model of the ship

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A cup of tea and a muffin before bed

I then went back to my cabin for the night. I didn't even turn on the TV, but was thankful for the power sockets to charge my phone. It seemed all too quickly, that the ship's tannoy announced that we would soon be docking in Hoek van Holland.

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The same truck deck as above - now filled with freight

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Getting closer to the port

It should be said at this point that although the number of passengers on rail+sail tickets were very few, the ferry itself was packed with people. I imagine most were car and coach passengers, truck drivers, and foot passengers just travelling on Harwich - Hook tickets. After disembarking, the queue for passport control for foot passengers took over 45 mintues! There were 3 desks open, but the number of people was immense. (Also, coach passengers had to disembark here - only cars could go through the vehicular passport control)

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The ship in daylight

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A local train waiting at the station right outside the ferry terminal, bound for Schiedam (not the usual destination of Rotterdam due to track works)

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Inside the train

I decided to take a little walk around Schiedam during the hour between trains to Amsterdam. It was a pleasant small city, indeed it has become a mere suburb of Rotterdam.

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Schiedam station

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Canal. Note the tram tracks to the left - the line became grass covered a little further on.

I bought a sandwich and a hot drink from a small shop at the station, and boarded the next Intercity for Schiphol Airport, and Amsterdam.

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Double decker train. Where have we seen that logo before?...

The group had agreed to meet on the rooftop viewing terrace, by the Fokker 100. In celebration of the event, Suryo had made a delicious cake.

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From the viewing terrace

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Plane on the roof

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Suryo and the famous cake

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The cake. Gooey with a tasty custard inside!

After some time watching movements, the group headed inside to the cafe for lunch, after which we all adjourned to the car park, where the kind owners of locals with vehicles ferried us to a massive aviation hobby shop / warehouse.

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Inside the hobby shop

The next stop of the day was a place to spot planes right by the Polderbaan, however I didn't have enough time before my return flights, so I was kindly dropped off near a bus route back to the terminal. I had realised by now that I had forgotten to pre-book a window seat on the Easyjet flight, so I asked at the sales desk how much it would cost. On being told an astronomical fee (all windows except emergency exit seats had been taken) I declined - it was a very short flight after all. I then went through passport control to find the lounge - the Servisair Menzies lounge.

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Being a hot day, I stuck to soft drinks

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Snacks. There wasn't a big food selection at all - this is most of it.

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Apron from the lounge

It was soon time to head to the gate, bearing in mind AMS has security at each gate. And Easyjet use the furthest pier.

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Flower shop

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On the way to the gate

Date: 24/05/2014
Flight: U23012
Route: AMS-STN
Aircraft: G-EZAL
Seat: 20C (Economy)

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First view of my aircraft

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After security, in the holding pen

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The best way to board

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Heading to the rear stairs

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Under the wing, you know

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Rego check

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Top of the steps

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My aisle seat

The flight was uneventful - very short, the crew barely had time to make a BOB run. I didn't buy anything.

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Back on the ground at Stansted

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Onto the train home

In conclusion, then, I can highly recommend the Dutch Flyer train + ferry combination ticket. For the daytime crossing, it is usually much cheaper than a flight, and there's usually availability on the day. Overnight, it works out very favourably factoring in the cabin.

Easyjet did the job, simple short flight.

And the meeting, it was great to see you all again, and some for the first time!
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:27 am

Nice to see the report, and the rail/ferry part of your journey. Was nice to meet you  
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:27 am

Sounds like a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing some non-aviation legs on your journey! The ferry berth looks very comfortable. I'm guessing you pay for a cabin rather than a bed so you don't have to share.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Note the operator logo

So the Dutch run some of Britain's railways. Judging from the issues on one of our few trips on the Dutch Railways, back in 2011, they must import British knowledge back to the continent. Either that or someone from NSW is running the show.  
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:00 pm

very nice report
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:01 pm

Hey, R.,
good to see you´re part of the AMS meet online. Nice story and detailed pictures. I like also the non flying part, pretty interesting.
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:22 am

Hi signol,

thanks a lot for this report, a nice reminder of this great weekend in Amsterdam. For sure an interesting way to get to AMS you took here with the ferry/train combo. Small, but nice looking cabin on board, certainly a plus for a night journey.

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:42 pm

Hi there, good to see another report from the AMS meet all the way back in May now. Definitely an interesting routing there - I wasn't aware that there was a train/ferry combo available still. Seems like a decent idea though.

EasyJet look pretty standard on the short route.
 
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:19 pm

Hello signol,

Very nice to learn your side of the story about our AMS meeting!   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
since it had been some years since I last attended such a gathering, I decided to attend.

The last time was Berlin, wasn’it?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I wanted to try out the "Dutch Flyer" service for some time, and this was the excuse I needed. It consists of the last integrated rail / ferry ticket between the UK and the European mainland, and is the train from anywhere in the Anglia region, ferry ticket on the Harwich - Hoek van Holland ferry, and continuing train to anywhere in the Netherlands. There is a day sailing and an overnight sailing, the night boat having an obligatory cabin.
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I opted to change trains at Ipswich, to take the once-per-day service from Peterborough that continues to Harwich International, rather than the other options which required a change at Manningtree instead.

I didn’t know about the existence of this service. It seems very convenient. Does it work the other way around as well?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I glanced down when the agent asked my name, to see a list of just 10 passengers booked (including me). Bear in mind this was a Friday night crossing before a Bank Holiday weekend - I was surprised at how little used it was. I was given a key to my cabin, and a Dutch Railways ticket valid to any station.

You know what? You have become the great promoter with this trip report!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
bound for Schiedam (not the usual destination of Rotterdam due to track works)

The track works have now been finished!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
the line became grass covered a little further on.

You know better than I do.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
In celebration of the event, Suryo had made a delicious cake.
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Suryo and the famous cake
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
The cake. Gooey with a tasty custard inside!

You make me blush! Thank you so much for your acknowledgment!   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Plane on the roof

The guy with the green sweater looks familiar to me.   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
the Servisair Menzies lounge

I was there last October. Without tarmac view unfortunately.  


Thanks for sharing! It was great to meet you again! 



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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:57 pm

Hi Robin,

Very nice TR, it was a trip down memory lane. For the distance you have the most creative routing possible, it's nice to have a such great mix of means of transport. my favorite would have been probably the ferry   .

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
KQ - dedicated to EastAfSpot

Thanks a lot   
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:17 am

Hi signol,

interesting report about the meeting and the journey to/from. Nice pictures from the ship!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Suryo and the famous cake

Cool!


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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:32 am

Hello Robin,

Interesting report! Definitely not the usual report, so a nice change. Looks like a good way to cross over from the UK to the Netherlands indeed, maybe worth a try for me once as well. Thanks for sharing, and I am sorry I missed you at the meet - I could only attend on the Sunday.

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:14 pm

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I opted to change trains at Ipswich, to take the once-per-day service from Peterborough that continues to Harwich International, rather than the other options which required a change at Manningtree instead.

I'm very jealous now Signol! As a track basher, that curve is difficult to get having been freight only for a long time and now enjoying only a sporadic service.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A local train waiting at the station right outside the ferry terminal

That place brings back some memories. I had to sleep overnight on that platform in the summer of 1995 having missed the overnight ferry thanks to a missed connection earlier in the day at Berlin Zoo.

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:08 am

Hey signol,

Good to read your account of journey to/from the AMS meet last June. The ferry/train combo looks very interesting and certainly not av  No boats for me though, I get seasick by just looking at them...
Good to have met you (again)!

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:35 pm

wow! very nice tr! wish I had the time and money to make one of these meets 
 
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:11 pm

Nice report Robin. I'm a fan of the ferry (used to do Dover Calais a lot as a kid), but hardly even use them now given how cheap and fast flying is. I would like like to do the Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry some day though. This hop over the NL seems good too. A few years ago I took the Ramsgate Oostend ferry. There was less than 10 cars (althoug plenty of lorries). Seems the pax numbers on a lot of these routes has taken a real beating.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I glanced down when the agent asked my name, to see a list of just 10 passengers booked (including me). Bear in mind this was a Friday night crossing before a Bank Holiday weekend - I was surprised at how little used it was

Nice quick service for you then. Good that they still offer the ticket with such number.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
On being told an astronomical fee (all windows except emergency exit seats had been taken) I declined

Strange how they charge such high fees. I remember asking in STN a few years ago about priority boarding, and was quoted nearly £20!
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:24 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for your kind words. I don't get to read, write or comment on as many reports as I used to, so again, thank you!

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 1):
Nice to see the report, and the rail/ferry part of your journey. Was nice to meet you

Thanks, it was nice to meet you too!

Quoting allrite (Reply 2):
Sounds like a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing some non-aviation legs on your journey!

Thanks, I do like to vary things around  
Quoting allrite (Reply 2):
I'm guessing you pay for a cabin rather than a bed so you don't have to share.

Yes, a cabin is compulsary on the night crossing, there are a selection you can choose from. The price difference from 1 berth to 2 berth is minimal.

Quoting allrite (Reply 2):
So the Dutch run some of Britain's railways

Only those in the Greater Anglia region, I believe.

Quoting Aviationman777 (Reply 3):
very nice report
thanks

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
good to see you´re part of the AMS meet online

Thanks Markus, it looks like I just missed you again!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Nice story and detailed pictures

Thanks

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
thanks a lot for this report

Thanks

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
For sure an interesting way to get to AMS you took here with the ferry/train combo.

Indeed  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
good to see another report from the AMS meet all the way back in May now

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
I wasn't aware that there was a train/ferry combo available still.

I believe it is the last one, the Eurostar took all the business from the other options (apart from a "Calais Daytrip" ticket from London.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
EasyJet look pretty standard on the short route.

Indeed, pretty standard.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Very nice to learn your side of the story about our AMS meeting!

Thank you Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
The last time was Berlin, wasn’it?

You have an excellent memory  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I didn’t know about the existence of this service. It seems very convenient. Does it work the other way around as well?

Yes, details here: http://www.seat61.com/Netherlands.htm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Thank you so much for your acknowledgment!

It was delicious, so definitely worth it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing! It was great to meet you again! 

Thanks, and good to meet you too!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 8):
Very nice TR, it was a trip down memory lane

Thanks Léonard!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
interesting report about the meeting and the journey to/from

Thanks PlaneHunter!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Interesting report!

Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Looks like a good way to cross over from the UK to the Netherlands indeed, maybe worth a try for me once as well

Definitely try it one day.

Quoting Eurohub (Reply 11):
I'm very jealous now Signol! As a track basher, that curve is difficult to get having been freight only for a long time and now enjoying only a sporadic service.

Indeed, there's only one (passenger) train per day using it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Good to read your account of journey to/from the AMS meet last June.

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
No boats for me though, I get seasick by just looking at them..

The crossing that night was as flat as a millpond  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Good to have met you (again)!

You too again!

Quoting rosskin92 (Reply 13):
wow! very nice tr!

Thanks!

Quoting rosskin92 (Reply 13):
wish I had the time and money to make one of these meets

Maybe arrange a meeting on your side of the ocean?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Nice report Robin

Thanks Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
I would like like to do the Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry some day though

I did that once, as a child. Two nights on the outbound, a half day in Spain, and the 36 hour return  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Good that they still offer the ticket with such number.

Yes, I hope it continues. Though even without the combined ticket, foot passengers are well provided for with stations at the ferry terminals at both ends.

Thanks again all!

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:35 pm

Hey Robin  

Great report and a cool combo to get to the meet. Stena are pretty decent as ferries go.

Love the Dutch trains. Did a few the other day and very reliable and prices not bad.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
The cake. Gooey with a tasty custard inside!

The S being for Signol  

Glad you had a good trip.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:42 pm

Hi Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Great report and a cool combo to get to the meet.

Thanks for the kind words  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
The S being for Signol

Or Suryo, who so kindly made it  

Thanks again

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:27 pm

Hi Robin !

Interesting way of getting to the meeting in Amsterdam! Ferry looks okay but seems to take a while especially with trains to and from.

Good to see pictures from the meet as well.

EasyJet looks okay.

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:26 pm

Hi The777man,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Interesting way of getting to the meeting in Amsterdam! Ferry looks okay but seems to take a while especially with trains to and from.

This is true, it's not the fastest means of getting there, but interesting none the less!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
EasyJet looks okay

They did the job  

Thanks

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:47 am

Hi Robin,

good to read a bit about your trip to AMS. Nice to see the StenaLine covered. I took the overnight towards the UK once, and it was very enjoyable. Great ships, nice food in the restaurant also. And the cabins are really comfortable imho.

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RE: 2014-05 AMS Meet By Ferry And Easyjet

Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:17 pm

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
good to read a bit about your trip to AMS

Thanks

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
I took the overnight towards the UK once, and it was very enjoyable.

That's good, it definitely seems to be a consistent service level.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
And the cabins are really comfortable imho.

Definitely, even the cheapest (that I had) was very nice, with TV, ensuite bathroom with shower, and a sofa!

Thanks

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