Destination Europe UK

Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line

Posted on
March 20, 2019

When researching travel options for our holiday to Northern Ireland we decided that taking ferry would be the sensible and most affordable option as we would be able to take our car with us.

Checking-in was straightforward and after picking up our boarding pass, we had a short wait before making our way onboard.

What did surprise me was that the Stena Line Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast would take 8 hours and I did wonder if we would be able to keep the kids occupied for that amount of time, however I need not have worried about keeping the kids entertained as there was plenty of things to keep them happy on the ship.

There are cabins available for a small extra charge, however, as we were travelling in the daytime, we opted to sit in the comfortable lounge area which had its own coffee shop, soft play area and a variety of TV screens showing different channels, including one especially for the kids.

Also on this level was a small cinema which showed a selection of three recent films on each voyage at no additional cost.

For teenagers there is Teen Town, which has the latest in video game technology plus Apple Mac computers for them to stay social, plus there is free wifi on the ship which is strong enough for social media but not for streaming.

On the way out, Eliza and Sebby stayed in the soft play area for much of the journey as they had made friends their age, whilst Isaac watched a film in the cinema or the TV’s in the lounge.

On the way back it was especially choppy and the boys did feel unwell until we put on their sea bands, however, the staff were amazing with them and took their mind off the rocking boat by playing games with them and giving them an ice lolly treat.

There is also a restaurant onboard serving a range of delicious, home cooked food, which was surprisingly reasonably priced with the family meal deal costing £22. (The Stena Burger is delicious).

Another benefit of travelling by ferry is that you can wander around and head outside. Sebby was fascinated by the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm as we sailed past, especially on our return sailing as the sun was just setting behind the turbines.

We also spotted a lighthouse in the mist on the shores of the Isle of Man.

Onboard there was a map of our route, along with some pictures of wildlife that we might be able to spot, but sadly we didn’t manage to see any dolphins on our journey.

Eliza did manage to Unicorn Pug teddy in the duty free shop to bring home though!

Despite the weather being unsettled on our journey home, we thoroughly enjoyed our journey’s about the Stena Line Lagan and want to express our thanks to the amazing staff onboard for making it such a pleasant crossing.

There are two Stena Line ferries from Liverpool to Belfast each day departing at 10.30am & 22.30, with the return journey from Belfast to Liverpool at the same times.

A flight to Belfast may have taken less time, however, we preferred the convenience of taking our car so we could explore at our own pace.

Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets for our

Disclaimer: We were hosted by Stena Line Ferries for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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    Micaela Levachyov

    March 20, 2019

    I’m impressed with how much entertainment there is for kids. Must make the journey easier!

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    March 20, 2019

    That sounds like so much fun! I love how much they have for the kids to do. It’s never a fun trip when the kids are bored. LOL

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    Elizabeth Weitz

    March 20, 2019

    Wow! This looks like a great family vacation! Loving the kids themed areas!

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    Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    March 20, 2019

    Wow! Stena Line sounds wonderful and really fun. Can’t wait to try sailing with Stena Line.

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    Whitney Morrow

    March 20, 2019

    what a great trip! I love that it’s family friendly!

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    March 21, 2019

    omg awesome! This seems like quite an experience, so much fun. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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    March 21, 2019

    This looks like something my kids would love! So many things to see!

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    March 21, 2019

    Oh my gosh!! I was considering taking a ferry from Liverpool to Ireland when planning my Ireland trip. I’ve been trying to figure out the cheapest route from the US and I saw TripAdvisor posts on ferries. Anyways, I was leaning more towards taking a plane because I figured it would be more comfortable, but I’m so surprised by your post. This is incredible! It looks so fun and luxurious. I’m definitely taking this ferry now!

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    Cristina Petrini

    March 21, 2019

    An intense and pleasant journey because this line of ferries really has everything you need to not get bored, even the part for children is incredible, but seen on a ferry!

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    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN

    March 21, 2019

    8 hours is surprising but with all the entertainment onboard to enjoy and discover it seems like a fun sea adventure. Can’t believe they have a cinema!!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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    Jess Howliston

    March 21, 2019

    It sounds like you had a great trip and I had no idea there would be so much on board for the kids to do either! My kids would have had a blast here and I know my son would have loved keeping watch outside the boat (what beautiful views of the sunset!). Glad you all had a safe trip. x

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    March 21, 2019

    This sounds like a great trip – with some gorgeous views too! The ferry itself looks like so much fun for the whole family too – almost like a super mini cruise!

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    March 21, 2019

    That sounds like a fun trip! I bet it made the trip a lot more manageable than it would have been if the kids had been bored.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    March 21, 2019

    Great idea to take the car. Its great they had a cinema and it didn’t cost any additional money. Sounds like a great way to travel.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    March 21, 2019

    Taking a ferry to Belfast from Liverpool sounds like a great travel option. The ferry looks and sounds great, I can’t believe they have a small cinema on board.

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    Romy Schorr

    March 21, 2019

    That sounds like a lot of fun, especially for the kids who are aboard. An excellent family vacation option.

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    March 21, 2019

    I’ve never been on a ferry before but it sure seems like a fun time for the family. I am glad that you shared this with us.

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    March 21, 2019

    I think my children would enjoy being on the ferry so much they wouldn’t want to get off. They love soft plays and watching movies.

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    Beth Pierce

    March 22, 2019

    Looks like there is something for everyone! The kids look like they are really enjoying the trip!

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    Sara Welch

    March 22, 2019

    That’s nice that there is so many things for kids to do to stay occupied on the trip! Looks fun!

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    Catherine Santiago Jose

    March 22, 2019

    I love adventure activity, I’m considering this stuff for our next family bonding moment. Thank you for sharing this and giving us a very good glimpse of what this has to offer.

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    Va Anne Rome

    March 22, 2019

    Such a fun and great experience you had. This is something that my kids would really love to do. So many great things to do and see while on board.

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    March 22, 2019

    This looks like a great experience. Love the pictures.

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    Eva Katona

    March 22, 2019

    I love ferry trips, they are such a cultured way of travelling like trains.

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    March 22, 2019

    So fun and beautiful! That sunset though is just magnificent! I’ve only taken the ferry a few times but I’ve always enjoyed the ride.

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    March 23, 2019

    I have never thought about getting a ferry to Belfast, thanks for this review, definitely something to consider.

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    March 23, 2019

    We’re thinking of going to Belfast this summer so this was so useful! We’ve been debating whether to fly and hire a car or go on the ferry.

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    Surekha Busa

    March 23, 2019

    Sounds like a great way to travel.. It was so exciting they have cinema. It wouldn’t be boring there anymore.

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    March 23, 2019

    I had no idea it took so long. We’ve always been fans of Stena Line, regularly using them between Fishguard and Rosslare.

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    Vicki Baxter

    March 23, 2019

    This looks like great fun and like there’s so much to do for the kids

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    March 23, 2019

    Stena Line sounds amazing and your pictures speak for itself how splendid your experience was! The best part is they have an entertainment system to keep kids occupied!

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    Mudpie Fridays

    March 23, 2019

    I would have worried about the same 8 hours, but it sounds like there is loads to do. Great that the staff took an interest in them too.

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    Michelle Murray

    March 24, 2019

    It looks like there was plenty on board to keep you all entertained for the 8 hour journey.

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    March 24, 2019

    I am so impressed with how much there is for the children included in the price! It never occurred to me I could go from Liverpool either, that’s so close for us to use

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    Fashion and Frappes

    March 24, 2019

    I have always wanted to do this but never been able to justify it based on the time. But it sounds like such a great experience – different from the usual train and air travel and probably less stressful. Definitely on my bucket list.

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    Laura Dove

    March 24, 2019

    That’s great you can go from Liverpool! Liverpool is only 30 minutes from us, I am going to look into this!

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