ferry-guide-2013 - P&O Ferries


ferry-guide-2013 - P&O Ferries

dover calais

hull zeebrugge / rotterdam

cairnryan / troon larne

liverpool dublin






2013 is a year for expecting more from your ferry travel.

With 15 great ships sailing across all our routes, if you’re

taking the ferry to Europe and Ireland this year, travel

with P&O Ferries and you can be sure to enjoy more

on board than ever before.

With new larger vessels sailing from Dover to Calais it’s a greater experience every time

you cross the Channel with us. A haven of shopping awaits; with family lounges to keep

all ages happy, tasty dining options and glorious views. Upgrade to Club Lounge and get

your holiday off to a brilliant start with an indulgent glass of bubbles.

Our overnight crossings from Hull promise to get your holiday off to a great start.

With well-appointed ensuite cabins, there’s miles more entertainment for all the family.

Sailing across the Irish Sea? We’ve just upgraded our services on our Cairnryan – Larne

route so you can now travel in the luxury of Club Lounge. You can also head to Dublin

from Liverpool for the perfect gateway to the Emerald Isle.

This guide helps you take advantage of Europe and Ireland your way, with new travel tips

and holiday inspiration for 2013 and information on all our routes. So, stretch your legs

on our decks and take in the expansive views – it’s our mission to make every voyage

relaxing and enjoyable.

Enjoy the journey with P&O Ferries. We’d love to see you on board.


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1 welcome

2 destinations

4 dover to calais

6 hull to ZEEBRUGGE /


8 troon / cairnryan

to larne

9 liverpool to dublin

10 onboard Experience


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Destinations Inspiration

Our top tips

Camping and the great outdoors

Family fun

For romance

Camping’s not just about canvas and stars

these days. For something really different

experience the great outdoors in Ireland for

a holiday at a distinctly slower pace, or

sleep with the sand between your toes at

one of Holland’s luxurious campsites that

hug the Dutch coastline.

Why not take the car to Europe’s first-ever

vintage American Airstream trailer park,

tucked in a pretty corner of the Midi-

Pyrénées? www.airstreameurope.com

There’s something for everyone.

Disneyland ® Paris is the family destination

of choice, it’s guaranteed to make big kids

of everyone and is a holiday you’ll always

remember. Book your tickets online today.

Keeping teens happy on holiday can be a

parent’s worst nightmare. Try Hossegor

in France’s south-west. As Europe’s top

surfing beach, teens can have a go at

boogie boarding whilst mums take in the

beachside boutiques.

With vast cycle paths, rights of way over

all motorised traffic and an enviably flat

landscape, cycle holidays in Holland are the

perfect combination of fun for all the family.

The home of romance is Paris so why not

wander along the river or share a moment

at the top of the Eiffel Tower?

For a truly romantic and luxurious setting,

how about a stay in one of Ireland’s castle

hotels or a French château in the Loire

Valley? Head to the French and Swiss Alps

for awe-inspiring views.

If you’re planning a marriage proposal, take

your loved one to Antwerp – the gorgeous

diamond capital of Europe.

A matter of taste

Fabulous shopping

Interesting culture

Destinations inspiration

Take the ferry and you can pack up the car, pack in the family and enjoy

the very best freedom travel – all under your own steam. Discover how

you can get the best out of your down time as we take you to the

doorstep of Europe and Ireland. Here are a few of our travel ideas to

inspire your own perfect getaway this year.

Europe really makes our mouths water,

every destination has a fantastic selection

of restaurants, many are Michelin-starred.

Wine connoisseurs should visit the

wonderful Château de Meursault with

its vineyard and cellars. If bubbly is more

your thing, try Reims and its many

Champagne houses.

If beer is your tipple of choice drive to

Munich for Oktoberfest or if you’re in

Ireland you must try a genuine Guinness.

Start your trip off in style with our onboard

shopping treats. You’ll be glad there’s room

in the boot with supersized discounts on

designer perfumes, beauty products, wine,

beer and much, much more.

A stone’s throw from Calais, Lille has

a wonderful selection of independent

boutiques to discover. With chocolate box

pretty streets, you’ll be spoilt for choice

shopping for yourself and your loved ones.

In 2013, Derry-Londonderry in Northern

Ireland takes the mantel of European City

of Culture. With a full roster of events set

to take place throughout the year from

concerts and performances to talks and

more, there’s plenty to see and do during

a visit to the city.

As the only completely walled city in

Ireland, Derry-Londonderry is great for

walking. Tread the city walls and enjoy

the Peace Bridge, or head out into the

North Coast, an area of outstanding

natural beauty.


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4 Dover to Calais

Our top tips

Save with onboard shopping

With up to 40% off the high street, visit our

onboard shop to indulge in designer perfume,

beauty buys and skincare treats.

Take in the view

There’s nothing like watching the white cliffs

of Dover from the outside deck, or tucked up

inside from the comfort of one of our onboard


Drive straight to the slopes

When you take the car, you can get to the

slopes under your own steam. Why not stop

off en route in Reims or Lyon and make more

of your holiday?

Visit Versailles

One of the most spectacular palaces in

France and just outside Paris, it’s never been

easier to take in more culture when you drive

off the ferry.

Book early to and enjoy more

great deals

For ferry trips book early and you’ll usually

pay less and you can pick the most

convenient crossing times.

Take a day trip

There’s much more to Nord-Pas de Calais than

you might think. In no time at all you can be

wandering round quaint markets, taking in vast

swathes of coastline in Wimereux or settling in

for a friendly lunch in a roadside auberge.

If it’s the great deals on board that attract you

to sail with us then why not try our Car Park

Shopper trip? With no luggage restriction you

can shop without leaving the ship, then head

back to Dover - a fantastic trip from only £12

return including a car and two people.

Dover to Calais

Travelling on our ferries is one of the most

flexible, convenient and affordable ways to cross

the Channel. And with two of the newest ships

on the waves, it’s now the most luxurious, too.

• 90 minutes journey time

• Up to 23 crossings a day between Dover and Calais

• Crossings every 45 minutes at peak times

• Club Lounge from only £12 per person each way*

• Priority boarding only £12 per car each way*

• The price for each car includes up to

nine passengers

• Two state-of-the-art ferries

Leave the car on our parking

decks and head upstairs for the

best start to your holiday. As soon

as you step on board the biggest

ships on the route, you can relax

and enjoy the view. With floor to

ceiling windows that frame

stunning scenery, there’s a range

of fantastic restaurants including

an internationally inspired food

court, as well as our special

in-house restaurant The Brasserie.

The choices are endless. Grab a

Costa coffee, treat someone you love at the large onboard

shop, keep the kids entertained in our Family Lounge, and take

a stroll around the outside decks and lounges. Your 90 minutes

will sail past.

Calais is your gateway to some of the

most exciting spots in Europe. But look

closer and there are some pretty towns

just half an hour away from the port.

Great for a spot of lunch or supper, pick a

market day and enjoy all the spoils

France is so famous for. Our favourites

include St. Omer - great for truffles and

fresh flowers – and Boulogne, for

seafood of course!

Step off the ferry at Calais and you’ll find

Bruges in Belgium closer than you think

at only 70 miles away; the perfect stop

off if you’re en route to trendy Antwerp

or easy going Amsterdam. The beaches

of Dunkirk or Le Touquet are even closer.

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Hull to Zeebrugge / Rotterdam

Our top tips

Enjoy your very own concert on board.

Sip your favourite drink and listen to cool live

music from our band or pianist as you set sail.

Try your luck in the casino on the ship.

Playing the tables is so much fun - you might

even win some extra spending money for

your holiday.

Fancy an upgrade?

Enjoy a sea view or Premier Cabin, or you

can really treat yourself and indulge with

a luxuriously appointed Club Cabin for the

ultimate start to your holiday.

Experience the thrill of a Grand Prix

August 23-25 2013 is set to host the Belgian

Grand Prix. A fixture in every motoring

enthusiast’s diary, it’s unmissable high

speed action.

The Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam

is a moving experience. You can see the

secret annexe where she wrote her diary. If

you’ve read the book, it brings a stark reality

to the story.

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Hull to Zeebrugge/Rotterdam

There’s plenty to do in Holland and Belgium.

There are vibrant cities, traditional towns and

colourful landscapes, for laid-back days and

fun-filled adventures. Travel by ferry and enjoy

the freedom to explore.

• Overnight sailings – wake up at your destination

• Great dining choices

• Live music every night

• Casino, bingo, quizzes and games

• Comfortable ensuite cabins with upgrades

to a Window Cabin or Club Cabin available

• Cinema showing the latest blockbusters

• Pre-book your onboard meals and save 10%


Set sail and enjoy a feast of activities

on board when you sail with us to

Belgium or Holland. Where the journey

is as much a part of your holiday as the

destination, on our ships you’ll be spoilt

for choice for things to do.

With something for the whole family

to enjoy, our North Sea overnight

crossings offer a range of comfortable

ensuite cabins to lay your head in, and

plenty to enjoy across the ship.

Enjoy dinner at our onboard restaurant,

The Kitchen, where the menu rotates

between Chinese, Thai, Indian and many

more delicious cuisines. Why not take

in the live cabaret in the Sunset Show

Lounge, pop into the casino, you can

even catch the latest blockbuster in our two cinemas? Or simply

soak up the views at the Sky Lounge bar.

We think Zeebrugge and Rotterdam are great places to start your

holiday, giving you easy access to Holland and Belgium as well as

France, Germany and the rest of Europe.

Sail to Rotterdam, and you’ll discover a dynamic

city with a big art focus. With lots of festivals

and events happening throughout the year, it’s a

vibrant place great for bar-hopping and seeing the

city by water on a cruise down the River Maas.

The beautiful cobbled canal streets of Amsterdam

are only a few hours’ drive north, but make a

detour to enjoy the beautiful architecture of The

Hague and its beachside neighbour Scheveningen.

A beautiful stretch of coastline dotted with cool

bars - and the best fish and chips this side of the

North Sea at Simonis.

If you’re visiting Belgium, Bruges is a wonderful

place to see - known as ‘Venice of the North’

because of its beautiful canals and buildings.

Antwerp is also well worth visiting if you’re

looking for somewhere fashionable and vibrant

and Brussels is great for its handsome city square

and buzzing nightlife. Wherever you end up make

sure you sample the local food and drink that

Belgium prides itself upon.

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We’ve got three very different destinations on our

North Sea minicruise route. From Hull, choose from

the classic Dutch heritage of Amsterdam, the

vibrant, cutting-edge city of Rotterdam, or Bruges,

the stunningly well-preserved ‘Venice of the North’.

Visit POferries.com to find out more.

What’s included:

• Standard, inside ensuite cabin

• A day ashore in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Bruges

• City centre coach transfers to and from your


• 2 fun-filled nights on board

• Live entertainment

• Choice of great onboard restaurants

• Casino and onboard cinema

amsterdam / rotterdam / bruges

8 Troon / Cairnryan to Larne

Liverpool to Dublin 9

Our top tips

Our top tips

The play area for kids is brilliant fun.

There’s no time for boredom on our ships.

And when your children are happy, you can

relax even more.

Drive off in Larne and take the

Causeway Coastal Route through

spectacular scenery until you reach the

legendary Giant’s Causeway.

Visit the birth place of the Titanic.

Opened in spring 2012, Titanic Belfast is a

‘must see’ visit on any tour of Belfast and

Northern Ireland.

Buy euros in our onboard bureau de

change. There’s no commission to pay and

it’s one less thing to remember before you

set off.

Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

You’ll learn about this famous brewery, its

history and even how to pour a perfect pint

of the black stuff.

Meals are inclusive.

So you’re bound to arrive refreshed.

Troon / Cairnryan to Larne

Start your holiday the minute you get on board, with great

facilities and even better bargains.

• The shortest, fastest crossings

• Troon is only 35 minutes from Glasgow and not much further from Edinburgh

• Arrive in Larne and drive to Belfast in under 30 minutes

• Book early online at POferries.com for the best fares

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Liverpool to Dublin

Cruise across the Irish Sea to the heart of Dublin, the gateway

to the Emerald Isle.

• Meals are included in all fares

• Complimentary tea, coffee and orange juice throughout the crossing

• Comfortable ensuite cabins available by day and night

• Choose overnight or daytime sailings in each direction

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Relax with onboard facilities to suit everyone, including Fables restaurant, Poets Bar, a play

area for kids and the Sea Shop. Or on the Cairnryan – Larne route enjoy the luxurious new

Club Lounge and cruise across to the Emerald Isle in style.

Larne is a brilliant starting point. Drive along the Antrim Coast Road for dramatic scenery,

it will take you to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (cross it if you dare), Giant’s Causeway,

Bushmills whiskey distillery, secluded harbours and sandy beaches. Head west to

Fermanagh’s Lakelands, a magical destination with marble caves, castles and the perfect

backdrop for outdoor activities. A warm welcome always greets you in Ireland, so visit

discoverireland.com for more places to see and great places to stay.

Relax and enjoy this leisurely journey. Get on board and relax before dining in the

restaurant. Then retire to the lounge and sip a glass of something from the bar.

The bustling capital of Dublin is famous for its great bars and nightlife. It also has over

1,000 years of history for you to delve into in the cathedrals, museums and galleries.

Just outside Dublin is Malahide Castle set on 250 acres of parkland.

If you enjoy the great outdoors you’re spoilt for choice here, head in any direction and

you’ll realise why it’s known as the Emerald Isle. Visit the Killarney National Park where

you can go pony trekking, walking, and canoeing.

Visit discoverireland.com for more ideas.

Please note: the vessels operating this route are conventional ferries carrying both freight drivers and car

passengers. There are no lifts to the main passenger areas and access is by staircase. It may be unsuitable

for the infirm, disabled or young children.


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Onboard Experience

Onboard experience

All of our ships are packed with great

features to make your journey a brilliant

experience. We believe sailing with us

is the best way to start your holiday and

here’s why:

• Great onboard shopping

• A choice of onboard restaurants

• Comfortable lounges

• Two state-of-the-art vessels for Dover-Calais


Onboard shopping

With no luggage restrictions it’s time

to make the most of the great deals

you can get on board. All of our

ships have a fantastic onboard shop,

selling products for great value

prices. With discounts of up to 40%,

a little luxury goes a long way.

There are designer name perfumes

and beauty products including

Chanel, YSL, Clinique and Lancôme.

And to accessorise there are bags from Radley, Fiorelli and

Guess. Find sunglasses from Ray-Ban, Oakley and Gucci; plus

jewellery and watches from Swatch and Sekonda.

Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten any of your travel essentials, you

can buy them on board too. Make sure you leave room in your

car for your favourite wines, beers and spirits though – we’ll

even carry it to your car for you. With up to 30% off, you’ll enjoy

some super savings on your crossing.

We also offer 0% commission on all currency exchange. For

information on foreign currency transactions exceeding £2,500,

please contact our Foreign Exchange team on 01304 862527.

Onboard dining

If you fancy a bite to eat we have a

great range of onboard restaurants

to suit every palate and budget.

Elegant Club Lounges offer great

menus as well as complimentary

tea, coffee and soft drinks, so there’s

something for every member of the

family across the ship.

Treat yourself to contemporary

first class dining in The Brasserie,

or enjoy the Food Court with a range of internationally inspired

dishes. We’ve teamed up with the fabulous high street favourite

Costa coffee, so you can take your pick from their hot drinks,

pastries and sandwiches. There are bars for a tipple, and we

use locally sourced seasonal food where possible to ensure the

highest standards.

Travel from Hull on one of our ferries and you can dine in our

onboard restaurant, The Kitchen. And after you’ve filled up, enjoy

the cinemas, live bands and games or gaze at the beautiful views

from the Sky Lounge. Wherever your trip takes you, you’ll find all

the fun and relaxation you need to start your perfect holiday.

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Dover to Calais (continued)

Troon/Cairnryan to Larne

Meet the Fleet

With routes to Northern Ireland, Holland, Belgium and France, our 15 ships transport

9 million passengers, 1.5 million cars and 2 million trucks each year.

Pride of Burgundy

Length overall 179.70m

Gross tonnage 28,138GT

Passengers 1,420

Vehicles 500 cars or 120 freight

Pride of Canterbury

Length overall 179.70m

Gross tonnage 30,635GT

Passengers 2,000

Vehicles 550 cars or 115 freight

European Causeway

Length overall 159.50m

Gross tonnage 20,646GT

Passengers 410

Vehicles 315 cars or 84 freight

Express (Troon only)

Length overall 91.30m

Gross tonnage 5,902GT

Passengers 868

Vehicles 195 cars

Pride of Kent

Length overall 169.63m

Gross tonnage 26,433GT

Passengers 2,290

Vehicles 650 cars or 100 freight

European Highlander

Length overall 169.63m

Gross tonnage 26,433GT

Passengers 2,290

Vehicles 650 cars or 100 freight

Hull to Zeebrugge/Rotterdam

Pride of Hull

Liverpool to Dublin


Dover to Calais

In 2012 Spirit of France,

took to the seas for the first

time. Offering the highest

standards in comfort and

safety, our biggest ever

investment is now sailing up

to five times a day between

Dover and Calais.

One of the largest ferries ever

built for the Dover Straits,

here are some vital statistics

about the newest member of

the P&O Ferries fleet.

Spirit of France

On board you’ll find there’s so much to enjoy. For lovers of good food, our Food Court serves

fabulous cuisine from around the world. Head to the indulgent Club Lounge, take in the views

and a drink at one of our great bars, or sip a hot Costa coffee. There’s even time to treat yourself

to an altogether more sumptuous dining experience in The Brasserie and soak up some more

sea views. Take some time for retail therapy at one of our shopping areas - with prices cheaper

than the UK high street, there’s always bags more bargains to discover.

Length overall 210m

Gross tonnage 49,000GT

Spirit of Britain

Passengers 1,750

Vehicles 1059 cars or 180 freight

Our second newest vessel launched in 2011, set sail on Spirit of Britain and enjoy a whole

host of dining, food and entertainment options.

Length overall 210m

Gross tonnage 49,000GT

Passengers 1,750

Vehicles 1059 cars or 180 freight

Length overall 214.45m

Gross tonnage 59,925GT

Passengers 1,360

Vehicles 250 cars or 400 freight

Pride of Rotterdam

Length overall 169.63m

Gross tonnage 26,433GT

Passengers 2,290

Vehicles 650 cars or 100 freight

Pride of Bruges

Length overall 179.35m

Gross tonnage 31,598GT

Passengers 1,050

Vehicles 850 cars or 180 freight

Length overall 166.77m

Gross tonnage 17,464GT

Passengers 114

Vehicles 125 freight


Length overall 166.77m

Gross tonnage 17,464GT

Passengers 114

Vehicles 125 freight

European Endeavour

Length overall 179.98m

Gross tonnage 24,064GT

Passengers 350

Vehicles 120 freight

Pride of York

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Length overall 179.35m

Gross tonnage 31,785GT

Passengers 1,050

Vehicles 850 cars or 180 freight



Booking online, it’s easy at POferries.com

We make it simple to book your ferry trip at

POferries.com. Whenever you want to get

away and wherever you‘d love to go, your

dream break is within easy reach.

Find the best prices

Our website also helps you find the best price possible for your

chosen dates and destination. Just fill in your travel details and

the site will automatically calculate the best offer for you. And

if you’re flexible about when you want to go, the site will help

you find the best deals all year round. Keep an eye out for special

offers throughout the year, or you can always book early to save

even more money.

Talk to us on twitter.com/poferries

Follow us on Twitter and join the conversation, it’s where you’ll

see the latest news snippets as well as access to competitions

and offers.

Book your holiday money from home

Book your travel money online and we’ll deliver it direct to your

door. We offer great exchange rates and you don’t even have to

make a trip to the high street, so why not take advantage of our

service to make your holiday planning easier?

See our latest news on youtube.com/user/poferries

Our YouTube channel has all the latest video content. Catch up

with your favourite campaigns and see what the P&O Ferries

team has been up to.

World Travel

Awards 2011

Europe’s Leading Short

Sea Ferry Operator

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The British Travel

Awards 2012

Best Cross

Channel Operator

The British Travel

Awards 2012

Best Ferry


The Coach

Tourism Awards

Cross Sea Carrier

of the Year 2011

Globe Travel

Awards 2012

Best Ferry


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Our travel insurance

As well as an amazing journey we can also offer you peace

of mind with our great value travel and breakdown insurance.

Book your AA travel and breakdown insurance with us at

discounted rates. For an instant travel and motor breakdown

quote, go to POferries.com/insurance or call 0800 028 5594.

Latest timetables available at POferries.com

P&O Ferries UK Office

Channel House,

Channel View Road,


Kent CT17 9TJ

United Kingdom


UK: 08716 642 642

or visit your local travel agent

Calls are charged at 10p/min plus network extras.

Calls from mobiles will be higher.

Travel Information and Weatherline

Tel: 0845 832 8888

Full terms and conditions available online.

Local offices:

France: 0825 120 158 (0.15 r/min)

Belgium: 070 70 77 73 (max 0.30 r/min)

Holland: 020 201 3919

Germany: 0180 5007162 (0.14 r/min)

Luxembourg: 342 080 8294

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