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Spirit of France

Operated by P&O Ferries on the Dover Calais route

At more than 47,000 gross tonnes and 213 metres in length, the Spirit of France can carry more than 1,000 cars and up to 2,000 passengers. Spirit of France entered service a year later than her sister ship - Spirit of Britain, and with her shares the title of the largest ship to have been built for the Dover Strait.

Onboard you will find an international food court, bar and cafe, discounted shopping, a brasserie, games room, family lounge, bureau de change, free WiFi, an ATM machine, an exclusive club lounge and much more.

Onboard Cabins / Reserved Seating

There are no cabins onboard the Spirit of France however seating is available in the club class lounge. Pre-book to enjoy a touch of luxury during your trip including a complimentary glass of champagne, tea, coffee, soft drinks and newspapers – all served by P&O Ferries friendly staff.

Onboard Food and Drink

With a choice of bars and restaurants there really is something for everyone onboard the Spirit of France 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.

Onboard Shopping

There are some great bargains to be had in the Spirit of France 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.

Travelling with children

There's a variety of activities onboard for children 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.

Accessibility

If notified or requested staff will meet and assist customers with wheelchairs on the vehicle deck. All shopping, dining and seating areas on the Spirit of France are wheelchair friendly.

Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Spirit of France 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.

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Spirit of France Reviews

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96% of our customers recommended this ship

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  • Cleanliness:4.0
  • "A good trip from Calais to Dover on The Pride oj Kent."

    At the check in we were offered an earlier crossing for no extra charge. Got in the queue and followed the directions. The boat was a few minutes late leaving. Had no trouble getting a seat. A smooth crossing and no problems. Leaving the boat in a camper van was very straightforward. Friendly, helpful staff. My only problem was that I thought my booking was with P and O. Any queries about the booking had to be dealt with by Direct Ferries, so think this may cause confusion if a problem arises.

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    Reviewed 12 July 2015 by Dilys who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "A straightforward trip"

    Excellent organisation; efficient service.

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    Reviewed 29 June 2015 by William who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Direct Ferries and P&O"

    Direct Ferries gave a helpful trouble free service in obtaining this ferry booking despite having to change vehicles at the last minute. P & O Ferries provided a trouble free service in the ferry crossing both ways and were also helpful in fitting us on to an earlier ferry when we made the outward journey and turned up early in error. Only criticism is that the P&O signing at Calais is not clear to see the CAR LANE, and like others cars, we ended up in the lorry cue for border control, which could have lost us time enough to miss the ferry, but we just made it by twelve minutes after arriving one hour before the ferry departed. Calais is a nightmare in day time and arriving one and a half hours before the ferry would have been a better advice perhaps. A pleasant experience all round.

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    Reviewed 28 June 2015 by Brian who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Great Experience"

    Great family experience sailing from Calais to Dover. Wonderful views of the cliffs! Ship had plenty to offer, very informative captain, clean facilities, and easy check-in process. Would highly recommend!

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    Reviewed 27 June 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Euro drive tour"

    Beautiful sunny day, and a very pleasant crossing.

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    Reviewed 25 June 2015 by Yasar who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Bargain "

    Defo will always be booking with direct ferries again perfect in every way

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    Reviewed 20 June 2015 by Scott who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Good crossing"

    Good crossing both ways. Calm sea, sunny weather so no problems. Outward journey on the newer ship Spirit of France was superb - very good facilities on board and a bright modern feel to the ship. Loading was very easy and we left Dover 10 mins early, arriving slightly early too. Inward crossing was on older ship Pride of Burgundy, but was still pretty good. Slight delay (15mins) on departure due to problems earlier in the day, but no real hardship. Onboard facilities not as modern as Spirit of France, but still OK. Again loading was easy and we had a good crossing in calm sea with sunshine.

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    Reviewed 18 June 2015 by Stanley who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "easy and quick"

    On both directions to and from England we had the best support by the crew. Correct and efficient were their instructions.

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    Reviewed 16 June 2015 by Hans-Joerg who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "First impression "

    We were traveling first time with my wife by ferry and it was just a good as traving by tunnel. But there is one big different. Price. We paid half price and it wasn't lot longer. Do definitely that worthy to use ferry comparing with tunnel.

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    Reviewed 11 June 2015 by Juraj who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Great way to travel"

    Check in was hassle free. Boarding began at the time stated, and was prompt. So departure and arrival were on time. Very quiet on my journey out. So made use of coffee lounge. Journey passed quickly and without incident. Return journey was very busy. But again, boarding was prompt and departure on time. School children flooded the ship - great to see groups travelling, but too noisy for a relaxing journey. So I headed to The Brasserie. What a great find! Excellent value little restaurant. Classic menu, low prices and very pleasant staff. I had a fillet steak (just £17!) .. it was cooked well and came with generous garnish. All in a very relaxed atmosphere .... and devoid of groups! I would definitely use The Brasserie for a lunch when travelling on the ferry again. Great way to break the journey and have a feed at the same time.

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    Reviewed 10 June 2015 by Daniel who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Pleasant crossing..."

    Very pleasant crossing, all good as usual...

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    Reviewed 07 June 2015 by José who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Very efficient and on time"

    Arrived early and got moved up to an earlier ferry for free. The entire process of ordering the tickets to getting checked at the ports (Dover and Calais) and coming back was hassle free.

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    Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Abdul who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Trip to France"

    Excellent trip both ways, on time indeed arrived early. Staff very polite and helpful, would definitely use you again.

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    Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Calais - Dover - Calais"

    Excellent crossings, Perfect services.

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    Reviewed 03 May 2015 by Pierre who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Better than euro tunnel."

    Much cheaper than taking the euro tunnel, also allowed you to eat and comfortably sit while you crossed the channel, it may take 45 minutes longer than the tunnel, but you hardly notice with all there is to do on the ship, which really offsets the 88 euros versus the almost 155 euros to do it in 35 minutes sitting in your car. Just make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ship setting sail or you will have to wait until the next departure time.

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    Reviewed 22 April 2015 by Phillip who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "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.

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    Reviewed 07 April 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Day trip to Calais"

    I arrived a little early and was asked if I would like to take an earlier crossing, which I did. The gentleman at the office on the Port of Dover couldn't have been more helpful and cheerful and it allowed me to have an additional hour in France. We were delayed by an hour on the return leg due to bad weather but again we were all informed and overall the journey to and from Calais was very pleasant and accommodating. Well done P&O.

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    Reviewed 02 April 2015 by Jacques who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Calais to Dover with P&O"

    My crossing with P&O Ferries from Calais to Dover and back was easy to book, easy to board/unboard and very good value for money. Everything went like clockwork. A slick operation that I will most certainly book again.

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    Reviewed 02 April 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "great trip."

    Great trip, great weather, great price.

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    Reviewed 27 March 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Excellent experience Shame about the wifi charge"

    2 day return to France, I arrived early going & return and was put on an earlier ferry which was great, easy loading, good crossing, I was a little disappointed in today's connected world to have to pay £3 for the crossing for WiFi. Good clean ships nothing to fault very happy & will use again, I liked the break from driving the ferry offers and the good price for a return :-)

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    Reviewed 04 March 2015 by Neil who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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