Reviewed 15 July 2014 by Paul
Slick and professional service, polite staff and easy to book. First class and stress free experience.
'Paul' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Pride of Kent
"P & O Ferry crossing"
Reviewed 14 July 2014 by Peter B
The dog was happy, so we were happy. Much cheaper than the tunnel.
'Peter B' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France
"Coming back home!"
Reviewed 13 July 2014 by Richard
We never book our return trip at the time we book the outbound because when we set off in our motorhome we have no idea when we'll be coming back home. So what I really need when sitting on a campsite in France with a laptop in front of me is a reliable way of finding the best available crossing with the minimum amount of administrative hassle............ and that has proved to be sorting it out with Direct Ferries. This usually means P&O who run ferries across the channel with the regularity of an inner city bus service!
'Richard' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Travelling from France to England and return"
Reviewed 11 July 2014 by Ron Osgood
Very good service and comfortable lounge etc. We had dinner on the way over to England (fish and chips) which was good. The boats are always on time and also they allow you to go on one before, if you are early, which is very good.
'Ron Osgood' travelled Calais Dover with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France
The origins of Calais are obscure. It was founded as a fishing village some time prior to the 10th century. In 997, it was improved by the Count of Flanders and fortified by the Count of Boulogne in 1224. It is less than 40km from England - the Channel's shortest crossing - and is the busiest French passenger port. In the last war the British destroyed it to prevent it being used as a base for a German invasion. The French still refer to it as "the most English town in France", an influence that began after the battle of Crécy in 1346, when Edward III seized it for use as a beachhead in the Hundred Years War. Calais divides in two: Calais-Nord, the old town rebuilt after the war, with the place d'Armes and rue Royale as its focus, is separated by canals from sprawling Calais-Sud, centred around the Hôtel de Ville and the main shopping streets, boulevards Lafayette and Jacquard - the latter named after the inventor of looms.
Backed by its famous White Cliffs, Dover is located in Kent, on England's southeastern tip and is the UK's closest geographical point to Continental Europe. Every day of the year, frequent Cross Channel ferries travel between Dover and the French ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne.
One of the most important military towns in UK history, Dover is a rich tapestry of history. Few other towns can boast such a unique collection of relics and monuments dating back from the Bronze Age, the Roman Empire, the Saxon era, and virtually every other important historic period. While modern developments have seen many of Dover's important historical buildings swept away, there are still many important sites that must be preserved for future generations. The story of Dover is as old as civilization itself and we can only wonder at what future historical events this remarkable town will enter the history books for again.