7- and 8-Night Summer Getaways From Antwerp To Finland By Modern Netherlands-Flag Cargo Ship, From £750 (£850 Single)

Kraftca courtesy Lübecker HafenforumThis summer, why not spend seven or eight days away (voyage times can vary slightly) on a modern (2006/08-built) 8-passenger cargo ship from Antwerp. Transfennica, a division of Dutch-based shipowner Spliethoff, operates these ships (and others) to and from Finland as its “Highway of the Sea.”

Fares including port charges and fees are €983 (about £750) per person in a double cabin or €1,119 (about £850) for a single traveller. In the seagoing tradition, (and something not found any longer on ocean-going ships), cabins on these vessels have bunk beds with privacy curtains, and each is equipped with table, sofa, chair and refrigerator. And unlike long-distance ocean-going ships, there are no age limits on these short-sea traders.

Three modern roll on-roll off ships, the 17,600 deadweight ton Amsterdam-registered Kraftca, Pulpca and Trica, offer departures from Antwerp every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Antwerp can be easily reached by Eurostar from London St Pancras and from many other stations in Europe. The ships cross the Baltic at speeds of up to 22 knots, and in addition to a passenger lounge are equipped with a gym and sauna, as well as fin stablizers.

The ships make calls at three ports in Finland – Hamina, Hanko and Rauma, where they load and unload cargoes of paper, containers and other merchandise – and often transit the Kiel Canal at either end of the voyage.

For further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.