Boy in the Club 5 Berth Cabin

P&O Ferries have a number of different cabin types, and each time we travel we always stay in the P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin. Why? Well, if you are travelling with children then I think this is a great size cabin to choose for an overnight stay. This is one of the largest cabins available and it means you can spread out and have a bit more space.

We have used the Club 5 Berth cabin from Hull to Zeebrugge ferry crossing and also from Hull to Rotterdam ferry too. The Club 5 berth cabin did have a slightly different layout on these two routes. Personally, I liked the cabin layout on the Hull to Rotterdam crossing better.

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin Review

Club Cabin 5 Berth
Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Zeebrugge Ferry
Club Cabin 5 Berth
Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Zeebrugge Ferry

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin – Layout

On the Hull to Zebrugge ferry cabins, the Club 5 Berth cabin consisted of 4 beds (2 sets of bunks) and a sofa (which you could use as a single bed if needed). Although this can be different on the Hull to Rotterdam crossing. The Rotterdam ferry, we had a double bed with a single bed above and then a bunk bed on the other side. I preferred this layout. Please note: I don’t know if all cabins are the same. So it is best to check if you require a certain layout.

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin – Inside The Cabin

In your cabin, you will also get a minibar with drinks (raid it before you leave) a TV, towels, dressing gowns and a shower & toilet. If you do get the club cabin a quick tip is to put the clothes hangers inside the dressing gowns as otherwise, they rattle all night long! The noise kept me awake the first time we travelled by ferry, so I now make sure to do this as soon as I enter the room before I forget.

Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
Club 5 Berth Cabin on the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin Beds & Travel Cots

This cabin is also a great size if you have a young baby and have asked for a travel cot. As the cabins have more room, you can still fit the travel cot and have space to move. However, just a word of warning the travel cot isn’t huge, so if you have a large baby or toddler then they may not fit comfortably in it.

Bed wise – when I have travelled my boys were both under 6 years old, so they have never used the top bunks. This all depends on what works for you as a family and if your children move about a lot while sleeping. Due to the bunk beds on the Hull to Zeebrugge ferry, I had to share a bed with my youngest/sleep on the sofa. There are ladders for the bunk beds and a small barrier.

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin – Upgrades

Every time we have boarded we have seen people going straight to reception to ask to upgrade their cabin. The club cabins do sell out, so If I were you I wouldn’t wait until you are on board to ask for an upgrade as the chances are there won’t be any available. I would say to book online via the P&O website.

Club Cabin 5 Berth

Tips For Staying In A Club 5 Berth Cabin

Take Only What You Need

Take just what you need for one night with you. Backpacks are easier as it leaves your hands free to hold your child’s hand to get them up the stairs from the car decks. There are lifts but there is normally await.

Leave The Pram In The Car

If you have a baby/young toddler, then use a carrier and leave the pram in the car. So much easier moving around the ship with a baby carrier.

Travel Cots

Travel cots are small and run out quickly, so if you want one make sure you book them up in advance. (Hull to Zeebrugge crossing only from what I have read)

How To Stop The Rattling

If you have a club cabin use the dressing gowns to stop the clothes hangers from rattling. Anything to stop the noise during the night works with us!

Need A Night Light?

For a night light then I leave the bathroom light on and close the door too, it leaves just enough light for the boys.

Plug Sockets

There aren’t many plug sockets available. Make sure you have an extension cable, so you can plug in multiple phones and devices. Oh, and bring an adaptor plug.

Tips For Sleeping Together In One Room

If you are looking for tips for sleeping all together in one room then have a read of my survival tips for staying in a hotel room which may help you!

Travelling by Ferry Tips

If you are looking for some information on travelling by ferry with children then pop over and have a read as I have a few other tips there too.

Have you ever stayed in a club cabin before? If so what did you think?

P&O 5 Berth Club Cabin - Staying Onboard in a Club 5 Berth Club Cabin - My Review

* This review is my own opinion. I haven’t been paid in any way for writing this.

First Published: April 2016

About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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    1. Hi Lindsay, Yeah they are pretty big. Some of the cabins are pretty small but this type of cabin gives everyone some space and enough space to move about while onboard. xx

  1. Hi Sam,
    We’ve no experience of all being in one room. How did you find it? Were you not all waking each other up once they fall asleep or did you just tend to go to bed at the same time?

    1. We have shared a room/cabin several times. Okay it isnt the best, however for one night it isn’t all that bad. Our youngest doesn’t sleep through the night anyway so I would see to him as normal. Apart from that everyone else slept okay. I get up a few times for the toilet during the night and never woke them up (we use the bathroom light as a night light – door nearly shut, works well) Getting the kids to sleep can be hit or miss; sometimes we just sit in the dark until they fall asleep, or sit in the bathroom. However we have fell asleep by mistake a few times laying in bed “pretending” to sleep! Oops. Hope that helps. 🙂 x

  2. We are in a completely different position to you, having 4 older children, 3 of whom are about to travel with us to the graduation ceremony of the 4th – and yet your post has been most helpful – it is difficult to find accurate descriptions and pictures of the individual cabin types on the P&O website currently, and now we can book this cabin with peace of mind knowing that there will be space for all of us, a mini bar (freebies, so important!) and a television (the highlight of a channel crossing….). Wishing you well with your continued travels.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Sian. Glad the post was helpful. I found the P&O website difficult too as its lacking pictures which are really needed to understand the layout of the cabins. The mini bar came in handy on stocking our car for the long drive ahead! I hope you enjoy your travels with your children 🙂

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