I have recently returned from a family visit to Germany using the P&O ferry from Hull to Rotterdam.
It’s an overnight crossing around 12 hours. With one car and an outside twin berth cabin, the return fare was £302.
I have just booked the ferry for our annual visit to Shetland at the end of April.
With one car and an outside twin berth cabin the return fare is £575. And this is a subsidised “lifeline” service. I don’t suppose P&O receives any subsidy.
How come it costs almost twice as much to go to Shetland as to Rotterdam? Perhaps since there’s no competition on the route, NorthLink gets away with daylight robbery! Or does it really cost so much more to run the North Isles ferries than North Sea ferries?