Had my first visit to Holyhead in nearly a decade for a sailing on the Adventurer today, some of my thoughts would be..
Holyhead needs a serious tidy up, lots of old HSS docking equipment just left lying around the Stena waiting area, on the dock also the drive to the Adventurer on T5 was very badly marked, this is a daily route not temporary.
Driving to the boat the road goes from two lanes behind the HSS ramp to one lane, car in front of me was nearly forced into barrier by a truck.
Getting to T5 was just luck, no visible signs on the ground to lead you to the ferry.
As a non regular Holyhead visitor, I was amazed that at the condition of the port area, given the volume of traffic.
I had been looking for the two waterjets left from the Explorer spare parts, did get a kick to see them on the way to the ferry.
My first trip on the Adventurer was a pleasant surprise, very impressed with the onboard experience, was Stena Plus and had a cabin, so got to experience the Plus lounge which was much bigger than on the Europe but amazingly has one coffee machine versus two on the Europe, quality of food and service was equal to Stena Europe which I rate as A1 First Class.
Cabin was a two berth with window which was clean and tidy with a great shower, again very impressed and the tv was a nice addition. I know most people would not book a cabin and Plus, Plus lounge would have been a lovely place to spend the crossing, I had a seat right over the bow ramp with a great view of the Irish Sea.
Had a quick look around the rest of deck 8&9 and was surprised to see a lounge on deck 9 up with the cabins, it was closed, I imagine this rarely opens.
Amazed that the deck 8 shop is small, would think the Europe shop is way bigger, and offers a better display.
Outside deck space, was plentiful once you cleared the smokers at the doors but offers a different experience common to all modern ferries from the older style boats.
I did not venture down to deck 7 except to visit guest services and this did seem very nice and great views over the bow again.
I am unlikely to ever travel on the Big U, but would have no hesitation in reccomending the Adventurer especially if the budget stretches to a Premium ticket.
However given the choice between Adventurer and Europe, I would still pick the Europe, obviously if the different ports are not an issue.