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Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

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Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

Are they worth it? And do they recline far back it's just I prefer a flat surface to sleep on but will tolerate something like a 45 degree incline. Thanks.

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1. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

I haven't taken the NorthLink ferry (yet), but given the choice of accommodation and time on board, I'd probably book a berth in a shared cabin rather than a sleeping pod.

The cost is about twice that (for a two berth cabin) of the sleeping pod, but I think it would be worth it. I don't think the sleeping pods have exceptional recline; click on the pictures for a bigger view of what to expect: http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/on-board/accommodation/

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2. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

I've not seen the travel pods either as they weren't on the service the last time we used it. We have only gone as far as Orkney and after our first trip sitting the whole way, (which just happened to be a rough crossing and people all around were being ill) we have always opted for a cabin. As you will be on the boat all night I'd go for a cabin if you can afford it. Much comfier - you should actually get some decent sleep, and the cabin has it's own loo and shower.

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3. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

From the picture, it doesn't really look like a pod at all, more of premium reclining seat. Unless I was really strapped for cash, I'd go for the cabin instead.

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4. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

My daughter did the trip and it takes over 12 hours (if the weather is bad it may take longer). She had a cabin and recommended it.

The pods are not like the Japanese pods they are just big seats. 100% better to get a cabin.

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5. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

I booked a cabin for outward and return journeys last year but didn't get a wink of sleep in either direction. All the cabins are in the rear half of the boat and on both journeys my cabin was at the stern and appeared to be directly above the engines. The noise was excessive all night long making sleep impossible. I was hoping the pods, being towards the prow, might be better but if they don't recline flat then probably not. I think I'll just kip on a bench seat in the lounge as I saw quite a few people doing last year.

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6. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

Hmm. this post is from 4 years ago.

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7. Re: Sleeping pods on Aberdeen - Shetlands ferry

It might be 4 years old but the pods are still there and still getting mixed reviews from users.

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