Considering Gotland, Sweden? There’s two ways to get there – By plane and by ferry. Although the flight may only be 45 minutes, if you factor in having to go early and the security lineups the ferry is a very pleasant and efficient alternative, taking about 3-hours each way.
If you’re in Stockholm, the closest port is Nynäshamn, which takes about 1 hour to get to by train from the main Stockholm station. It will cost about 200SEK each way. Tip: If you take this train, be careful at Västerhaninge station as half the train separates and goes back to Stockholm. Make sure you’re in the front half of the train and if the train suddenly empties, be sure to pay attention!
Once you arrive at Nynäshamn, walk south on the main road (along the same side as the water) for about 5 minutes to arrive at the departure area. Note that similar to planes, you will have to check suitcases, but there is no limit to carry-ons so long as you can carry it all yourself.
Pro tip: Viator offers some good tour options in Gotland.
Tickets and Difference Between Economy, Aft Lounge, Front Lounge, Pet Lounge, and Cabin
The main difference between the lounge seats is mostly location. The front lounge seats with the best views are the most expensive, whereas the economy seats are usually in the middle (with no window) or just general seating the the restaurant area. The Pet Lounge is obviously for those travelling with pets.
For the most part, the extra price is not worth it as you get access to everything else regardless of seat class. If you want complete privacy, the individual cabins come with small beds and showers.
Tip: If you don’t want to battle the crowds, take the ‘Cargo Departure’ ship. It’s the same boat, but due to laws around cargo and passengers, they only allow on a max of 197 passengers. Take your pick of seats!
Restaurants, Playrooms, and More…
The restaurant on the ferry is reasonably priced and has a good selection of food and drinks. For those travelling with kids, there is a play area, alongside a separate mini-theatre to keep the kids entertained. Finally, if you’re brave enough, be sure to go out on the deck to get some fresh ocean air!