When it comes to packing for a getaway, it seems there’s little we’re prepared to leave behind according to a survey for P&O Ferries to celebrate the return of the fastcraft Express service between Northern Ireland and Scotland – just in time for the forthcoming holiday season.
Appearances are everything for more than three quarters of those surveyed who aren’t prepared to leave all their favourite cosmetics behind even for a short break. A staggering 70% won’t leave home without their hair dryers and/or straighteners while seven out of ten say their children’s favourite cuddly toys always make the cut along with more than half who pack their ‘must have’ computer games. A choice of books is also an essential for close to half of all questioned (49.5%).
When no baggage restrictions apply, 63% said they would pack as many pairs of shoes as possible, more than one in ten added all their sports equipment would get thrown in while more than a third would pack their favourite food or kid’s toys for the trip.
The P&O Ferries Express is the fastest ship on the most direct route for those passengers who wish to travel between Northern Ireland and Central Scotland with Glasgow just 35 minutes from Troon.
Sarah Rosier, Head of Sales and Marketing, Irish Sea, P&O Ferries said: “Passengers can relax even before they step on board our ferries knowing that there are no baggage restrictions to worry about and no need to compromise on packing the home comforts we all appreciate when we’re travelling.
“Once on board, the Express provides passengers with a relaxing and comfortable start to their journey. There are no airport style queues to struggle through and there’s a lot to enjoy – it’s all so hassle free.
“Our Food Hall serves a delicious selection of hot, cold and healthy food options as well as kid’s meals and there’s a Starbucks coffee shop for lighter refreshments.
“Passengers can upgrade to our Club Lounge which offers a haven of peace and quiet. Complimentary daily newspapers, magazines and refreshments are available along with the exclusive Club Lounge menu which offers delicious light meals. There are also sockets available for anyone who wants to catch up on work and use their laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
“The Express also has attractive family features including a kids entertainment room for added fun and at peak travelling times there will be entertainers on board to ensure even the smallest of sailors enjoy their trip.”
With up to four sailings a day prices on the Express start from £114 each way to Troon for a car plus driver. Club Lounge costs from £12 per person if booked in advance (£14 per person if booked on board).
Visit www.poferries.com for more information or to make a booking