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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

  • General:4.0
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  • Catering:3.6
  • Punctuality:4.3
  • Cleanliness:4.0
  • "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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  • "Excellent crossing"

    We have to drive 5½ hours to Dover so the ferry gives us time to relax before our onward journey. We found the staff delightful, helpful & professional. We left the ship crossing refreshed & ready for the rest of the journey.

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    Reviewed 01 March 2015 by Ralph who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Smooth sailing"

    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 :)

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    Reviewed 23 February 2015 by Paulo who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Thank you very much"

    Thank you very much.I am very satisfied with the trip, I was surprised when we got back to the UK we could leave at least 2 hours earlier than it was our time. Thanks very much for the override and low prices.

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    Reviewed 23 February 2015 by Dainius who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Good trip again"

    Despite French strike action the ferry got there eventually but a slow crossing grateful for that. Got to Calais on way back straight on an earlier boat much appreciated. thanks

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    Reviewed 10 December 2014 by David who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Travelling Calais - Dover "

    We travelled several times between Calais and Dover on vacation trips now - always w/o any issues. Just wanted to mention that I was very pleased that when we arrived late for our ship the last time (due to traffic conditions), we simply got transferred to the next ship one hour later. This happened w/o questions or hazzle, although the ticket we had was bound to the one ship we had just missed. Great service!

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    Reviewed 02 November 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "great trip"

    We used this service for our recent week in pas De Calais. We had a great crossing, especially with the £10 food voucher we received from Direct Ferries as a special offer!

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    Reviewed 13 October 2014 by Aileen who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Dover-Calais, Calais -Dover Ferry"

    We recently travelled on this service and found it very satisfactory. Plus points, all staff friendly, especially the catering staff, who were attentive and good natured. Food adequate and tasty.Ship was clean, including the toilets. Announcements were clear and in good time. Loading/unloading efficient and fast. Plenty of room to move around. comfortable seats. Price for crossing extremely reasonable. Minus points-cold plates for hot food meant that the food was tepid at best by the time we sat down to eat. No cheap pens for sale. Also a thought, how about selling reading sunglasses (magnifying) as well as the designer ones. (Selfish point really as I had lost mine but would've bought some if they'd been available!)Would definitely ust the service again.

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    Reviewed 29 September 2014 by Celia who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "My experience with DirectFerries"

    Excellent service; easy to pay online. Perfect.

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    Reviewed 29 September 2014 by Paula who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "General Observations"

    The Dover to Calais service is very well organised. Easy boarding, polite helpful staff, arrived on time. The return journey like wise. Have experienced delays using Eurotunnel. Overall your service is much better.

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    Reviewed 28 September 2014 by Malcolm who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Satisfied"

    Very satisfied with the check in process, for both the outward and return.

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    Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Anneke who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Sunny trip to France!"

    We sat outside during our journey to Calais as the sun was shining. We enjoyed a coffee and chatted to two Australian couples as we travelled. The ship was clean and well looked after. The shops are large and have plenty of choice for all types of people. We always travelled with Brittany Ferries in the past but have no concerns travelling with P&O. The staff are lovely and the loading and unloading of the ship is quick and efficient! Would definitely recommend.

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    Reviewed 14 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Trip on ferries"

    Enjoyed our ferry crossing, easy and facilities very good on board. Shopping good too.

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    Reviewed 13 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "Motorhoming in Europe"

    We are regular users of the Dover to Calais ferry crossing as this is the cheapest way of crossing to the continent with our motorhome and have found that P & O are by far the best value for money. The ships, particularly the Spirit of France are clean and the catering is good.

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    Reviewed 10 August 2014 by Neil who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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  • "The crossing"

    The crossing was also a pleasant break on our way to southern England. On the return journey, we arrived 1 hour 30 minutes before departure. We travelled back an hour earlier and enjoyed good food and a pleasant crossing.

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    Reviewed 08 August 2014 by Johannes Nico who travelled with P&O Ferries on Spirit of France

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