Albert Dock in Liverpool

24 Hours in Liverpool!

2016-09-06 | Explore | No comments

Trip to Liverpool on the ferry with the girls, why not? I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t been on a ferry since I was young. I started packing my bags and immediately began to panic about what I could and couldn’t bring until I remembered… there’s no limit with Stena Line which made things so much easier. I managed to pack way too much for two days, but hey, a girl can never have too many outfit choices.

Day 1: Belfast to Liverpool with Stena Line

We arrived at the docks at about 8.30am for check-in. The staff were so friendly and we were checked in in less than 5 minutes! Plenty of time left for a coffee before hopping on the bus that drove us to the ferry.

The girls from Ardmore Advertising checking in for their sailing to Liverpool

I don’t really know what I was expecting, but the ferry itself wasn’t what I imagined at all. Really spacious with loads to do. We made our way to the Stena Plus Lounge where we were greeted by Norman, our lovely host for the day. The lounge felt like a mini VIP area – free tea and coffee, soft drinks, wine, crisps, fruit, sweet treats and magazines. We ordered breakfast; pancakes, a fry, eggs benedict and granola with fruit – all really delicious! We felt so settled that we didn’t want to leave, but we had some exploring to do.

The weather was absolutely beautiful so we went out on deck and took a few snapchats (thanks to the free Wi-Fi!) and photos. We met the cutest dog ever – who knew that owners can walk their dogs on deck during the sailing on the Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan!

I don’t really know what I was expecting, but the ferry itself wasn’t what I imagined at all. Really spacious with loads to do. We made our way to the Stena Plus lounge where we were greeted by Norman, our lovely host for the day. The lounge felt like a mini VIP area – free tea and coffee, soft drinks, wine, crisps, fruit, sweet treats and magazines. We ordered breakfast; pancakes, a fry, eggs benedict and granola with fruit – all really delicious! We felt so settled that we didn’t want to leave, but we had some exploring to do. The weather was absolutely beautiful so we went out on deck and took a few snapchats (thanks to the free Wi-Fi!) and photos. We met the cutest dog ever – who knew that owners can walk their dogs on deck during the sailing!

After a bit of onboard shopping (I treated myself to some perfume with the great discount), we headed back to the Stena Plus Lounge for lunch. Norman gave us some recommendations and we went for a veggie lasagne, burger, club sandwich and fish and chips. The whole menu was seriously tasty.

The girls from Ardmore Advertising enjoying lunch in the Stena Plus Lounge onboard the Stena Lagan

Day 1: Arrival in our Liverpool city centre hotel & sampling the nightlife

Twenty minutes after leaving the ferry we were checked in to the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool city centre getting ready for dinner. The city centre location was amazing – we definitely got one of the best hotels in Liverpool! We had the most beautiful dinner in San Carlo restaurant before hitting The Cavern Club and Concert Square. The city was buzzing and had an amazing atmosphere. Such a great night!

Nightlife in Liverpool - The Cavern Club

Day 2: Attractions in Liverpool

Up bright and breezy (ish) we had breakfast in the hotel before relaxing in the pool and sauna. Nicola even managed half hour in the gym –dedication! After a nice relaxing morning we geared ourselves up for some shopping. The city centre is amazing, so many shops, so much temptation! After a couple of hours, and to save our bank accounts we took a stroll to Albert Dock for lunch. The dock area is so beautiful, made even more stunning by the amazing weather.

Albert Dock in Liverpool

There are so many things to do in Liverpool, we struggled to choose what to do next, but decided over lunch to check out The Beatles Story. It soon became clear why it’s one of the most famous Liverpool attractions! Even if you’re not the biggest Beatles fan, it’s definitely worth a visit! It inspired us to recreate The Beatles Abbey Road album cover at a zebra crossing… which took multiple attempts to look good – who knew fake walking was so difficult?

After exploring a bit more of the city centre, and a couple of relaxing cocktails in the sun, we headed to Salt House Tapas for dinner. Without a doubt the best tapas I’ve ever tasted! With full bellies it was time to pop back to the hotel for our bags, then on to the port to sail back to Belfast. We couldn’t believe how quickly the trip had gone – we started planning our next weekend break in Liverpool before we’d even left the hotel!

Day 2: Back to Belfast

Check-in was as quick as before and we were back in the Stena Plus Lounge having a hot chocolate in no time. After a long day in Liverpool we were ready for bed so didn’t waste much time making our way to the cabins, which were fab. Tea and coffee making facilities, a TV, en suite with shower and the cosiest bunkbeds! It was no time before we were all tucked up and fast asleep.
Nearly 48 hours after leaving, we got the wake-up call to let us know that we were approaching Belfast. After quick shower and change, we grabbed a coffee from the lounge and made our way to the deck. The perfect place to toast our amazing trip to Liverpool!

Belfast Harbour as seem from the Stena Lagan

You can travel to Liverpool as a foot passenger from only £10 per adult or from £5 per child. Or you can take your car from only £89 car + driver single. For more information just click www.stenaline.co.uk.

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