Spirit of Britain

A new era in Cross-Channel ferry travel

With capacity for up to 2,000 passengers, and three separate vehicle decks capable of carrying nearly four kilometres of traffic parked end to end, P&O Ferries' Spirit of Britain has opened a new era in cross-Channel travel for the 21st Century.

Spirit of BritainPassengers experience high levels of comfort and convenience on board the largest ever cross-Channel ferry that is so long and wide in comparison to every other Dover ferry that it requires a unique offset docking arrangement in the ports of Dover and Calais just to be able to tie up.

Huge floor to ceiling picture windows with stained glass enhance the luxurious ambience on board and no expense has been spared in ensuring the quality of all the fixtures and fittings in the bars, restaurants and superb lounges.

Motorists access the ship via their own private car deck which has special lanes for those selecting priority loading. There are also reserved spaces for customers simply parking on the ship in order to shop on board in the extensive airport-style retail outlets during a return Channel cruise.

Spirit of Britain
Spirit of Britain leaving Dover bound for Calais

For those wanting a bit more luxury and style, the ship’s exclusive Club Lounge comes complete with its own private sheltered outside deck equipped with cruise-style teak furniture.

There is a choice of dining on board in either The Brasserie waiter service restaurant, with its wide range of traditional British signature dishes, or the self-service International Food Court which offers a massive choice of food to go and a wide range of cooked meals, salads and desserts catering for British, Continental and Oriental tastes.



The youngest passengers have an entertainments area in the Horizon Family Lounge equipped with tables and chairs for toddlers and small children while teenagers have their own sound-proofed video arcade.

Meanwhile, freight drivers, whose lorries will fill the ship’s lower two vehicles decks, have their own Routemasters Lounge with private showers, restaurant, relaxation area with recliners and a seat back entertainment system plus their own outside deck area.


Spirit of Britain is the first passenger ferry in the world to be designed to new Safe Return to Port requirements being introduced by the International Maritime Organisation, ensuring the highest compliance with propulsion, steering and machinery redundancy. The four main engines are offset in separate engine rooms. To ensure complete watertight integrity, the port propeller tailshaft is protected by a steel watertight tunnel.

Vital statistics

Operator: P&O Ferries
Built: 2011
Entered service: January 21, 2011
Builder: STX Europe, Finland
Gross tonnage: 49,000 tons
Passenger capacity: 2,000
Vehicle capacity: 1,343 cars or 180 trucks
Length: 213m overall
Breadth: 31.4m
Draft: 6.5m
Lane metres: 3,746m
Speed: 22 knots
Flag: British
Classification Society: Lloyd’s Register

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