The biggest ferry on the Channel, the Spirit of Britain is 700 feet long, almost 100 feet wide, and can carry more than 1,000 cars as well as 2,000 passengers. Onboard you will find an international food court, bar and cafe, discounted shopping, a brasserie, games room, family lounge, bureau de change, an exclusive club lounge and much more.
There are no cabins onboard however seating is available in the club class lounge. Pre-book to enjoy a touch of luxury during your channel crossing including a complimentary glass of champagne, tea, coffee, soft drinks and newspapers – all served by friendly staff.
With a choice of bars and restaurants onboard there really is something for everyone, to suit all tastes and pockets. If you are travelling with the family then head to the Food Court, serving exciting cuisine from around the world - the place for a tasty curry as well as freshly prepared traditional British fare, like fish and chips! If you prefer to dine in style, why not try the Brasserie, with the highest quality food and wine served to your table.
The onboard coffee shops serve a selection of light snacks and pastries - plus a wide range of hot and cold drinks, including the famous Costa Coffee.
Check out the Bar for a fun and lively atmosphere and a perfect place to socialise whilst enjoying a drink. Those travelling with children may prefer the family lounge which features comfortable seating with a bar, light snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks on offer.
In the summer months there’s also an alfresco bar.
There are some great bargains to be had in the onboard shops with literally hundreds of products considerably cheaper than you can find anywhere in the UK. Not only will you find great savings of up to 40% off high street prices on selected fragrances, skincare and cosmetics, but you can also save up to 30% on wine, beer and spirits too. The onboard shop also stocks the latest in travel entertainment aimed at making your journey more comfortable, including the latest best-selling novels, toys and games for the whole family.
You’ll also find free wifi, a commission free bureau de change and an ATM machine with an E Top up facility.
For children there’s a variety of activities onboard including play areas and quieter spots for watching videos. During the summer holidays when many people take their family breaks, you will find children's entertainers onboard with specially trained staff to encourage creativity with some supervised painting or drawing, allowing parents time to sit and enjoy their own space.
If notified or requested staff will meet and assist customers with wheelchairs on the vehicle deck. All shopping, dining and seating areas are wheelchair friendly.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Spirit of Britain guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
96% of our customers recommended this ship
"Going on holiday"
Reviewed 01 August 2016 by Alan who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
I wasn't expecting too much from a Dover-Calais ferry, but this was more than adequate. Plenty of seating (although the boat was not full), reasonable food, and everything was clean and efficient.
Reviewed 31 July 2016 by Christopher who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"dominator festival trip"
Smooth crossing good ship no complaints from this customer
Reviewed 25 July 2016 by Peter who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"A relaxing trip"
We had no problem finding the correct line. Security stress free. An enjoyable meal in the food court although we think the breakfast should be "all-day". Pleased with duty free whiskey and the barman had Worcestershire sauce for the tomato juice. A relaxing trip!
Reviewed 24 July 2016 by James who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Very pleased, was coming and going in time schedule, clean and kind staff!
Reviewed 23 July 2016 by Vlad who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Loaded on time, left on time, no problems.
Reviewed 19 July 2016 by Michael who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"P&O High standards"
We travelled on the Spirit of Britain and the Pride of Canterbury around the weekend of the 9th/10th July, out of core holiday season but both crossings were very busy. Both were punctual and effortless, the staff as always cheerful and accommodating. Food quality is the best we have experienced between all operators and is a key reason for us always selecting P&O, making the most of this 90 minute break in driving. General facilities on board are always good with coffee and snacks available from a number of locations and a useful shopping area with motoring essentials for all those bits you forgot to buy previously. No shortage of seats but I usually keep on the move to benefit from the exercise break. Downside as always is the wait to get through security and check-in, usually after hours in the car when you just want to get out and stretch your legs! Dover 15 minutes for a morning ferry, Calais 30 minutes for an evening one, and this is out of season.
Reviewed 18 July 2016 by Paul who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Cheap 'n Cheerfull but suprisingly good breakfast"
Fairly last minute booking hence using Dover rather than our usual Poole - Cherbourg. No probs at all finding both port and correct lane for P&O. Arrived slightly early and were promptly offered (and accepted) earlier ferry. Once on board Bistro served a superb breakfast at a pretty reasonable price (if like us you are used to Bristol prices). This also gave the benefit of a great seat and view as we left Dover. All in all very happy with entire deal - Unlike the return trip !!
Reviewed 18 July 2016 by James who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Good crossing "
Very good enjoyed the crossing
Reviewed 16 July 2016 by Shaun who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Punctual, clean and good value for money.
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Kevin who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"ease of travel"
The ease of booking and the flexibility of changing times should the need arise is fantastic. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and all at a very reasonable ticket price. Its the only way to cross the Channel
Reviewed 10 July 2016 by Thomas who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Got to the sailing a bit early and got on an earlier ferry. Made a big difference. Thanks.
Reviewed 10 July 2016 by Lorne who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"P&O is OK"
Ship to GB and return with reasonable price.
Reviewed 07 July 2016 by Arunas who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
On the way, the night crossing was so quiet it allowed us to get some sleep before driving in France. On the way back, much busier but still enjoyable crossing.
Reviewed 04 July 2016 by Lawrence who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Weekend Trip to Lyon for France v Ireland"
Excellent outward journey and a very smooth passage. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast on outward trip was very appetising. The fact that we travelled on a Saver ticket was excellent value for money for the trip.
Reviewed 04 July 2016 by Brendan who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Great ferry trip. Easy to drive on, cheaper and more fun that the Chunnel.
Reviewed 04 July 2016 by Nicholas who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Dover to calais return journey"
5 of us travelled with P&O on motorcycles for our holiday, the service was faultless, no delays and a really nice crossing both ways, we even managed to catch the earlier ferry on our return with no hassle what so ever. I will definitely be using this service again. A+++++
Reviewed 02 July 2016 by Paul who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Usual first rate service from P&O"
The ferries on both the outward and return were both of P&O's usual high standards. They were clean, the staff were friendly, the service was good and both vessels were on time. In fact, on the return crossing from Calais having experienced long delays in the past at passport control we arrived early and to our surprise there were no queues and we were through and at check-in in a matter of minutes. The very pleasant young lady checked us onto an earlier ferry at no extra charge in spite of having a nonamendable ticket. I would use P&O every time (where possible) over DFDS as their ferries are of a much better standard. A word of caution that is nothing to do with P&O. On our arrival at Dover French passport control have tightened up their checks and as a consequence we were waiting well over an hour to get through and nearly missed our sailing!
Reviewed 02 July 2016 by John who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Quick and easy way to go to France."
Had a good crossing both ways. Boarding was quick and efficient. Checking in staff very friendly. We were about 20 mins late arriving to check in for our return crossing but it was not a problem and we got on board in good time. We ate in the self service cafe going out and had a very good Thai curry. On the way, back we ate in the Brasserie and had a very good quality meal, which took up most of the crossing. Very good service.
Reviewed 27 June 2016 by Anne who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Great service "
Great trip on P&O ferry from Dover to Calais. Was travelling as 4 adults and one baby! Ferry is wel set up for babies / kids. Great changing facilities which are separate to toilets. Timings are quicker than stated too. Very easy to check in/ drive on and leave ferry too. In summary a great service for those driving across to France.
Reviewed 20 June 2016 by Sarah who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain