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
"Booking ferry crossing with Direct Ferries"
A complete novice at booking on line, I tried Direct Ferries for our return trip across the Channel. All was very easy and efficient:I experienced no difficulties at all, and would recommend this method to other novices like myself, and to anyone wishing to use ferries.
Reviewed 17 July 2015 by Anthony who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Quick and efficient service
Reviewed 12 July 2015 by Laurence who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Would definitely book with Direct Ferries again, when checking prices for my journey from Dover to Calais Direct Ferries where cheaper than P&Os own website.
Reviewed 05 July 2015 by Muriel who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Despite all the troubles at Calais recently the ship was on time leaving Dover although coming back we tried for the earlier boat which had been delayed all day due to strikes so we ended up on the earlier boat which left just before our booked one. Having flexi tickets although expensive makes a lot of sense especially when travelling from the Scottish Borders as we do. Recommend the service.
Reviewed 05 July 2015 by J who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Dover to Calais P&O"
Good trips both ways, no problems, looking forward to going again.
Reviewed 28 June 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Really nice experience, good quality and comfortable space.
Reviewed 27 June 2015 by Ilaria who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Great Ferry Trip"
Got a great price from Direct Ferries. On the way out we arrived early and they let us get on the earlier ferry so we were there an hour earlier. Ferry was clean with modern and fairly well maintained facilities both ways. Very nice and easy journey.
Reviewed 16 June 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Very nice and uncomplicated"
The whole proces was nice and uncomplicated. We even could take an earlier ferry though because we were there earlier. Thanks!
Reviewed 11 June 2015 by Tobias who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Another good trip"
As ever the ship is very well appointed. I like travelling P&O when I can. Good service and plenty of room on board.
Reviewed 02 June 2015 by Daniel who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Held up in Calais because UK immigration only opened 5 of the available 12 booths. It took an hour to get through passport control. PO modified booking with no trouble at all - excellent service.
Reviewed 25 May 2015 by Michael who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Quick and easy to book. Had the nice new ferry on way back. No problems at all with this site or ferrys
Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Leonard who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Trip to France "
Easy check in the man in the shop took my 2 beer pack purchase to the car deck and put it in the car for me owing to my heart condition 10/10 helpful kind courteous, coffee on board good size and OK.
Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Roy who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Highly recommended, booked a day trip to Calais travelling on P&O. Cheaper than booking through P&O!!
Reviewed 04 May 2015 by Victoria who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Travel with P & O in gale force winds"
As a poor sailor I wasn't looking forward to crossing the Channel in gale force winds. Whilst the ferries were, understandably, delayed ever effort was made to get us aboard and to our destination, the staff were helpful and polite and the journey was very comfortable.
Reviewed 07 April 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
It became my preferred way to chill: riding into one big boat, let it drive me home and enjoy the view with a glass of inexpensive gin and tonic :)
Reviewed 23 February 2015 by Paulo who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
The whole direct ferries process is excellent. The only shortcomng, expressed in earlier reviews, is that for those using hire cars it is not pissble to provide the make and plate number as requested in the booking system. No doubt this could be dealt with.
Reviewed 14 February 2015 by Tim who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Excellent Service "
Recently I traveled with P&O Ferry, all I can say is I had Excellent Service.
Reviewed 23 December 2014 by Mohamed who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"Crossing fine but allow more time for passport control"
As I travel with P & O every month, I am accustomed to the loading and unloading drill as well as all the services offered by P & O. Everything is usually without incident. Through no fault of P & 0 however, it has become more and more frustrating to arrive at Calais and find an unacceptable queue of cars waiting to go through passport control. I have missed one crossing and only just made the last two due to a 45 minute queue - nothing to do with P & O but just a warning to all who get to Calais thinking that 30 minutes before the crossing will be enough.
Reviewed 15 December 2014 by Dominic who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
"I will always use this company again."
Overall the experience was good. You can smoke on the deck, there are plenty of drinking and dining areas and duty free shops for those who are interested. Personally, I was only interested in the cheapest possible return ticket for a car and three people and directferries were far cheaper than booking directly with P&O. In the duty free shops there weren't very many good deals, however I did find some decent wine, 6 bottles for £18 and my other half bought some make up, apart from that, the rest of the products were most expensive than most airport duty free shops. I wasn't interested in eating on the ship as there are far better places to eat on shore. My bother did have a roast dinner though, it was a bit worse than school dinners so I wouldn't recommend. The drinks at the bar are about the same as London pubs, about £4 for a bottle of berry cider, this I didn't mind. The main negative point were the toilets, they were pretty dirty, I'd avoid them if possible.
Reviewed 14 December 2014 by Patrick who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain
Our trip was great. Easy ride, clean toilets, nice climate and very friendly staff. Upon our return we missed our 19.05 ferry due to slow traffic in and around london. We all thought we'd had to buy a new ticket for the next ferry. But when we arrived they just put us on the next one for free. Thank you again!
Reviewed 18 November 2014 by Stef who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of Britain