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
"A mixed bag "
Pride of Canterbury Needs a Refit. Bit grubby in the restaurant area. Toilets not great. Not too bad. Spirit of Britain Lovely ship. Clean, bright and excellent facilities.
Reviewed 27 December 2015 by Simon who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Ferry crossings don't always have to be a painful experience, I have recently made several crossings on the P&O services from Dover which have been great, booking with Direct ferries has been a pleasure and cheaper.
Reviewed 26 December 2015 by Stuart who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Always the same this time of the year atrocious weather conditions making delays. But things on the boat in good order. Service at the bar was excellent and loading on and very efficient.
Reviewed 13 December 2015 by Michael who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Good driving break"
After driving from the Greater Manchester area and arriving just on time, the 1h30 ferry break was more than welcome. Even though the boat looked crowded, we managed to find seats fairly easily. It was as quick to go in as it was to go out and we were back on the road within minutes.
Reviewed 29 November 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Calais to Dover"
Everything went according to plan, no waiting or messing around, very happy with the company.
Reviewed 21 November 2015 by Matthew who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
We had a wonderful crossing as the ship was quite empty. We were to get the 1.30pm crossing but as we were early, got to Calais at 11.00am, we were offered the 11.30 crossing at an extra cost of £20 which we took. I feel that this extra charge should have been waved, especially as the ship was virtually empty. We also have left an empty space on the 1.30pm crossing!
Reviewed 17 November 2015 by Luigi who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
We arrived earlier than expected at the port on both journeys and were offered an earlier ferry than booked at no extra charge. The ships were clean and staff friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the experience.
Reviewed 15 November 2015 by John who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Everything went smoothly and will definitely take P&O again
Reviewed 09 November 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Disney land "
If you're planning on going to Disney land Paris then is is the way to go break up your journey by traveling by ferry and having a great day. Especially if you have children it breaks up the car journey and let's everyone relax and enjoy there trip. P.S great ship👌👌👍
Reviewed 08 November 2015 by Riyaz who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Excellent and punctual return trip. :-)
Reviewed 08 November 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
we enjoyed timely and comfortably travel with this vessel.
Reviewed 07 November 2015 by Arshad who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
I was impressed that Direct Ferries delivered good comparison results and it was a great crossing with P&O for our family. There was plenty of room and enough to do over the 1h 30m. My only gripe was that we paid a lot for breakfast on board.
Reviewed 05 November 2015 by Christopher who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"few days away"
The journey there and back was easy. The staff were friendly and we were put on an earlier crossing when we arrived to Calais early. Will definitely use again. Cheapest too!!
Reviewed 01 November 2015 by Keith who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Ferry crossing "
Everything was excellent, just the weather was not good
Reviewed 24 October 2015 by Terry who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Excellent, on time, friendly crew and flat calm!
Reviewed 16 October 2015 by Steven who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Great crossing service"
On time and all went according to schedule. Great crossing service.
Reviewed 10 October 2015 by Harry Fie-hen Lieuw who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"comfi and punctual"
Good journey on a comfortable ferry. there are even cushions on places where you can sleep during the journey without paying any extra. Well done P&O
Reviewed 06 October 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
In this time of disruption on crossings between Calais and Dover, it was a pleasure to use P&O ferries for our trip back to England to visit family. On both outgoing from Calais and incoming from Dover, we left on time and with loading/ unloading up to their usual professional standards, were on our way in no time. Brilliant!
Reviewed 05 October 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Recent crossing "
Good trip as always. Efficiently run
Reviewed 30 September 2015 by Alan who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Our journey outbound and return was without problem or fault. The arrival at the ports was simple and efficient and with out an problems. The booking was easy and painless, but making minor amnedments and finding details about changing vehicle registration and pet passport requirements both led to extended waiting times at the end of a phone for reliatively quick resolution. On the return we were pleased to find that we were able to catch the earlier ferry saving us time for the journey home. Alround a great service.
Reviewed 27 September 2015 by Michael who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain