I'm a Canadian flying to London next year and I want to take the ferry to Europe. I see fares to Brussels that look good at around $40 round trip, but I don't wanna do the Channel Tunnel, I wanna take the ferry boat. It's not clear from the search results which one I'm getting. How can I be sure I book the right one? I'm assuming its fun to walk around the ferry boat.
EDIT: I appreciate the helpful answers and comments that have been posted so far. I am disappointed to read that there is nothing particularly enjoyable about the ferry ride. I just visited Victoria BC and purposely got off the plane in Vancouver so I could enjoy the ferry ride on a beautiful spacious boat with ample seating, restaraunts and cafes, a walk-around deck and of course beautiful scenery (which I forgive the Channnel for perhaps lacking.) I still think I want to take the ferry, unless you tell me that I have to stay seated in the bus the whole time over.
The responders have also explained the reason why I was not able to choose specifically between the chunnel and the ferry: because even the bus lines do not offer that choice, using sometimes one and sometimes the other. Some suggest that the duration of the trip is a clue, and indeed some trips are an hour longer than others, suggesting that those would be the ferry crossings. But that conclusion is contradicted by the suggestion that the bus lines themselves do not choose the route until the last minute, depending on traffic conditions etc: how then could they publish a time schedule without knowing which crossing method they were taking?
One of the correspondents suggested that Megabus most frequently uses the ferry, so my best bet of a ferry passage is to use that carrier. I checked out the fairs, and indeed they have a very reasonable 60 euro round trip for me and my wife (30 euro each) so it looks promising. They also offer two schedules, one of them an hour longer than the other, so I will probably choose the longer one. But again, no guarantee that I'll be riding the ferry. Worst case I get to see the chunnel, which would also be OK i suppose.
The foregoing is a lot of clarification without exactly asking a question, but there remains one question: as compared with my British Columbia ferry experience (Vancouver to Victoria) just how dingy and cramped is the channel crossing? Does anyone enjoy the ride?