Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

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Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby matt2matt2002 » 30 Jan 2014, 1:03pm

Hoping to take the ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick.
Don't want to pay for a cabin. Is it OK to sleep on the floor in my sleeping bag?
Northlink web page is a bit vague.
Reclining seats are £3 but I will have my camping gear with me so thought the floor would do me.

Don't want any big hairy crew waking me up at 2am.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby gloomyandy » 30 Jan 2014, 2:15pm

Well you can try! When we went a few years ago we managed to sneak into the reclining seat area and get a bit of sleep there. I think there was also a cinema/TV room that it might have been possible to grab some rest in. The ship was pretty busy and we didn't get a lot of rest, but it didn't really matter to us on the way up (we had our car with us for this trip and rented a cottage for the week). I'm not sure how easy it will be for you to find a nice quiet spot to sleep. On the way back we had a very long drive home so rented a cabin. Had a really good nights sleep and a shower in the morning which made the drive home pretty straight forward.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby foxyrider » 30 Jan 2014, 2:28pm

just pay the £3! Why would you want to sleep on the floor?
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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby matt2matt2002 » 30 Jan 2014, 3:21pm

foxyrider wrote:just pay the £3! Why would you want to sleep on the floor?


Well £3 is £3. And the same back, makes £6 saved. Not a lot to some folks, I know - but since I will be sleeping on the floor in my tent I thought I'd give it a go - if possible.
By the sound of it, it could be a lively crossing. Mind you - I will be doing it in the off peak season - so perhaps not too busy.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby Tigerbiten » 30 Jan 2014, 3:51pm

About 3 years back, I got on at Kirkwall to go to Lerwick and just curled up in a corner to sleep.
I had no trouble/hassle at all for doing this.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby rualexander » 30 Jan 2014, 5:21pm

Usually on overnight ferries you have to take either a cabin or a reclining seat if they are available so you may not get the option. I don't know about this particular ferry though, its over twenty years since I last went to Shetland.
However, even if you have to pay the three quid, its still going to be a lot more comfortable getting your mat and bag out and sleeping on the floor somewhere. Outside on deck in a quiet corner is usually ideal for a good night's sleep,especially somwhere with a roof to keep the rain off.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby gloomyandy » 30 Jan 2014, 6:08pm

Should have mentioned we sailed out on a Friday night and back on a Saturday night so possibly some of the busiest sailings. Lots of people wandering about, drinking etc. May be much quieter at other times. Good luck with sleeping out on the deck if the weather is anything like it was on our trip!

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby brumster » 30 Jan 2014, 6:19pm

if it's a rough crossing & people are seasick you may regret sleeping on the floor ! :lol:

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby matt2matt2002 » 30 Jan 2014, 7:43pm

brumster wrote:if it's a rough crossing & people are seasick you may regret sleeping on the floor ! :lol:


OK
That's settled it. I'll be on the £3 seat!
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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby bogmyrtle » 30 Jan 2014, 9:11pm

You can sleep pretty well anywhere as long as you don't cause an obstruction. Last time I took the ferry it was an extremely rough crossing. Lots of people who had planned on sleeping on the seats ended up renting cabins. I stayed on the seats close to the 'facilities' for a while (facilities were needed). After things had settled down I slept on the seats in the bar.
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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby stephenjubb » 31 Jan 2014, 5:45pm

I slept in the cinema when the last film had finished.

Did it there and back.

The people on the reclining seats for a 12 hour overnight crossing to Lerwick looked really uncomfortable.

Me, slept on my bed with sleeping bag and pillar. great nights kip. :o

If you've got the gear why not use it? And save money.

You could try the recliner, if no good then you have the option of your camping gear!

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby matt2matt2002 » 31 Jan 2014, 5:55pm

Cinema? Sounds good. Was that on a seat or on the floor.
As you say, since I have the mat and bag I may as well use them.
Was there a risk of someone co ing along and telling you to leave the cinema?
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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby stephenjubb » 31 Jan 2014, 6:10pm

matt2matt2002 wrote:Cinema? Sounds good. Was that on a seat or on the floor.
As you say, since I have the mat and bag I may as well use them.
Was there a risk of someone co ing along and telling you to leave the cinema?


On the floor. I don't think there was a risk as went in an hour after the cinema finished at about 11pm, everything had shut down, most were asleep. No staff were around. No signs saying don't sleep on floor.

To be honest I thought it was great. How often does a cycle tourist have the advantage? To those poor souls in cars who could not afford cabins, they had the most uncomfortable night

"we contemplate the daunting prospect of twelve hours of nothing but trying to get some sleep in the not so reclining chairs. They are not comfortable. We try the floor. Even less comfortable, horribly hard and cold. We try the seats again. We close our eyes hoping when we open them it will all be over. We open our eyes, it is only nine pm. Another ten hours of this. Groan. Back to the floor. Then the seats. Then the floor again. Finally the seats again. I throw my fleece over my head to cut out the lights and I must have passed out. I am awakened by an announcement that we are one hour out from Lerwick. No idea how long I have been asleep but I do not feel too bad."

from

http://blackaudibirding.blogspot.co.uk/ ... t-but.html

To be honest, it felt really great!!. All the car drivers who think I'm crazy for doing what I do. Well that night I thought they were crazy on uncomfortable seats and there was me, warm, comfortable, in a sleeping bag on my soft bed, refreshed in the morning travelling a lot cheaper than them and more comfortable and I had even taken sandwiches on board!. Who was the craziest that night! :lol:

I had the kit to make my crossing comfortable so would have been crazy to not at least try! :D

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby mattsccm » 31 Jan 2014, 6:36pm

I don't know who runs these ferries but my experience of night trips or even long days trips with Calmac is that people just curl where they have a space.

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Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

Postby Mattie » 31 Jan 2014, 7:12pm

I reckon sleeping on the floor is better than trying to curl up on those torture chairs:

1. Use your sleeping mat
2. Sleeping bag
3. Ear plugs
4. inflatable pillow if possible
5. something to cover the eyes like a beany or similar neck roll thingy, you can just wrap it round your eyes to keep the light out.

I have not done this on this service but out of Dubrovnik on the night ferry, worked a treat.

Good luck !