P&O Ships

The P&O fleet combines style and comfort, and is led by the impressive Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France.

The Spirit of Britain

The Spirit of Britain is the first of the new ships to reach completion, and is currently in service operating the Dover - Calais route for P&O passengers.The ship cost almost £150m to construct and is larger than any ship previously built for the popular route.

The ship sailed from Rauma, Finland and made its way through harsh conditions including 100 miles of ice flow as well as snow storms, arriving on time at Dover on 9th January 2011.  Final preparations were then made in order to see the Spirit of Britain start transporting cross-Channel passengers on 21st January 2011.

The Spirit of Britain can carry up to 2,000 passengers and measures a massive 213 metres in length, whilst weighing in at 49,000 gross tonnes, This dwarfs its predecessor, the Pride of Dover, and will only be matched by sister ship the Spirit of France.

  • Length overall 210m
  • Gross tonnage 49,000GT
  • Passengers 1,750
  • Vehicles 1059 cars or 180 freight

The Spirit Of France

The Spirit of France is a breathtaking new ferry brought in to service on 9th February as part of P&O’s initiative to build two ships for the Dover - Calais route.

The Spirit of France cost around £150m to build, and can carry nearly four kilometres of parked traffic. This incredible feat of engineering has joined the Spirit of Britain in being the largest ship built for the Dover - Calais route, weighing in at an enormous 49,000 gross tonnes.

The Spirit of France is similar in design to the Spirit of Britain, and can hold 2,000 passengers, as well as the capacity for around a thousand cars. The spacious, contemporary and beautifully crafted design is sure to please passengers making the cross-Channel trip with P&O.

  • Length overall 210m
  • Gross tonnage 49,000GT
  • Passengers 1,750
  • Vehicles 1059 cars or 180 freight

Pride of Burgundy

The MS Pride of Burgundy is a P&O cross-channel ferry operating the route between Dover and Calais. The ship has been carrying P&O passengers between the two coasts since its maiden voyage in 1993, and has a passenger capacity of just over 1,400.

She was originally designed to be a freight vessel, operating the Dover to Zeebrugge route, but demand for the popular Dover to Calais route meant a change of plan. The ship was subsequently converted into a passenger and freight vessel.

  • Length overall 179.70m
  • Gross tonnage 28,138GT
  • Passengers 1,420
  • Vehicles 500 cars or 120 freight

Pride of Canterbury

The MS Pride of Canterbury is a P&O ferry operating the Dover to Calais route. She is very similar to the P&O ship MS Pride of Kent, as both were built for freight transport only, and both went through a conversion process in order to accommodate far more passengers. The conversion was known as Project Darwin, so the MS Pride of Canterbury and the MS Pride of Kent have become informally known as the Darwin Twins.

The Pride of Canterbury took her maiden voyage in January 1992, and originally operated the Dover to Zeebrugge route, as did the MS Pride of Kent. The popularity of the Dover to Calais route called for more ships, so P&O organised the conversion, which was completed between 2002 and 2003.

She now carries 2,000 passengers, as well as 650 passenger vehicles, and is structurally almost identical to the MS Pride of Kent.

  • Length overall 179.70m
  • Gross tonnage 30,635GT
  • Passengers 2,000
  • Vehicles 550 cars or 115 freight

Pride of Kent

The MS Pride of Kent is a cross-channel ferry owned and run by P&O. She is mainly used for the busy Dover to Calais route, and took her maiden voyage in June 1992. The ship was originally built to serve as freight transport on the Zeebrugge route, but was converted and subsequently used for the busy route between the close coasts of France and England.

There are 6 decks actively used on the Pride of Kent, with freight and cars resting on decks 3 and 5, whilst deck 6 is cars only. Decks 7 and 8 are for passengers and contain the passenger amenities, whilst deck 9 is the outside observation area.

The ship carries 2,000 passengers, with 650 vehicles, and measures a little under 590 feet in length. She is nearly identical to the MS Pride of Canterbury, another P&O ship converted from freight only in order to accommodate more passengers and serve the popular Dover to Calais route. The conversion of both ships was known as Project Darwin, hence both ships are often referred to as the Darwin Twins.

  • Length overall 179.70m
  • Gross tonnage 30,635GT
  • Passengers 2,000
  • Vehicles 550 cars or 115 freight

Pride of Bruges

Originally built as the Norsun for North Sea Ferries on the Hull to Rotterdam route, she was replaced by the Pride of Rotterdam in 2001 and went for refurbishment, in preparation for operating the Hull to Zeebrugge route.She was re-launched in 2003 with P&O, which took over North Sea Ferries.

The Pride of Bruges carries around 1,000 passengers, and 850 cars, with the passenger capacity being reduced from 1,250 during refurbishment. She weighs 31,560 gross tonnes, and measures 180 metres in in length.

Eating facilities include a buffet restaurant, a la carte restaurant and café.  There’s room to relax and enjoy entertainment in the show lounge and bar, whilst a casino is also on board.  Other facilities include a cinema, and plenty of shops.

  • Length overall 179.35m
  • Gross tonnage 31,598GT
  • Passengers 1,050
  • Vehicles 850 cars or 180 freight

Pride of Rotterdam

Built for the popular Hull to Rotterdam route, this ship was completed and launched in 2000 and was originally to be named the Pride of Hull.  Her name was changed to Pride of Rotterdam, and she entered service with P&O in April 2001.

The Pride of Rotterdam weighs a little under 60,000 gross tonnes, and measures 215 metres in length.  There are 12 decks, and she can carry 250 vehicles and 1,360 passengers, with 530 cabins on board.  She took around 2 years to construct, and at 31 metres in width, she required a new terminal to be built in Hull in order to accommodate her and her similarly sized sister ship, the Pride of Hull.

Passengers can make use of similar facilities to the Pride of Hull, with 2 show lounges, a children’s play area and a la carte restaurant.  There are different bars to choose from, as well as a café, wine and spirits shop, toy shop and perfume shop.

  • Length overall 215.45m
  • Gross tonnage 59,925GT
  • Passengers 1,360
  • Vehicles 250 cars or 400 freight

Pride of Hull

The Pride of Hull was built for the popular Hull to Rotterdam route and launched in 2001 after 2 years of construction.  She replaced the Norsea, which went for refurbishment and has now been renamed the Pride of York.

The Pride of Hull is sizeable for a cruise ferry, weighing just under 60,000 gross tonnes and measuring 215 metres in length.  She can transport 250 cars, and carry 1,360 passengers, with over 500 cabins on board.

The ship offers two large show lounges for passengers, as well as a wine bar and an Irish bar.  There is an a la carte restaurant, cinema and play area for children, and shops for toys, sweets, perfume and alcohol. For the evenings there is the Sky Lounge which hosts live music, and during warmer weather there is an outside bar.

  • Length overall 215.45m
  • Gross tonnage 59,925GT
  • Passengers 1,360
  • Vehicles 250 cars or 400 freight

Pride of York

Originally built as the Norsea for North Sea Ferries, the ship entered service back in 1987.  She went for refurbishment in 2001, and re-entered service in 2003 as the Pride of York, operating the Hull to Zeebrugge route for P&O Ferries.

Her passenger capacity was reduced from 1,250 to a modest 1,000 after the refurbishment, and she can hold 850 cars.  She matches other P&O vessels for length and weight, coming in at 179 metres and around 31,500 gross tonnes, and a width of just over 25 metres.

On board, passengers will find the range of bars and restaurants expected from a member of the P&O fleet, as well as a children’s play room, casino, cinema and shops.  The ship also boasts a spacious quiet lounge for passengers to relax.

  • Length overall 179.35m
  • Gross tonnage 31,785GT
  • Passengers 1,050
  • Vehicles 850 cars or 180 freight