Pride of Burgundy ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Pride of Burgundy ferry
|Year built||1993 / Age : 24|
|Builder||Schichau Seebeckwerft (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Class||cruise ferry (Ro-Ro ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Dover-Calais|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||180 m / 591 ft|
|Beam (width)||28 m / 92 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||28138 gt|
|Sister-ships||European Seaway, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Kent|
|Former names||P&OSL Burgundy, PO Burgundy|
Review of Pride of Burgundy ferry
MS Pride of Burgundy ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel owned and operated by the UK company P&O FERRIES. The ship has max capacity of 1420 passengers and 600 cars (or 120 lorries). The vessel was launched in 1992 and currently operates on the UK-France ferry route Dover-Calais (crossing time 1,5 hours).
As cruiseferry, Pride of Burgundy has no cabins (passenger staterooms) due to the route's short crossing distance. Instead, the ship offers Reserved Seating Lounge (luxury Club-class bar lounge furnished with comfortable leather couches). Reserved seats are available for pre-booking. These deals are inclusive of complimentary beverages (champagne, tea, coffee, soft drinks) and newspapers.
The ship's main passenger-accessible facilities include:
- The Food Court (serving gourmet food and fine wines, patisseries, light snacks, pastries, hot and cold drinks)
- Starbucks Coffee Bar
- The Lounge is the ship's main bar lounge with comfortable seating and served by its own bar (light snacks and beverages - tea, coffee, soft drinks). During summer months opens an outdoor / open-air alfresco bar.
Shopping at the onboard shops offers a wide choice of brand products at discounted prices in comparison to UK high street prices. Up to 40% discounts are offered on luxury perfumes, skincare, cosmetics. Up to 30% discounts are offered on alcohol (spirits, wines, beers). The shops (on Red deck 5) also sell bestseller books, newspapers, magazines, toys, games,
The ship has children-dedicated onboard areas, including playroom and movie room (for watching videos). During summer holidays' family breaks, the ferry company provides onboard kids entertainment program with specially trained staff and supervised activities (painting, drawing, treasure hunts, arts and crafts).
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In case of emergency, the use of elevators / passenger lifts is forbidden.
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specificassistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (open 24-hours).
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number / stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger loungesis forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The shipowner P&O Ferries (founded in 2002, headquartered in Dover England) is an UK ferry company operating on the shipping routes UK-France, UK-Ireland, UK-Holland (mini-cruises), UK-Belgium (mini-cruises) and Scotland-Northern Ireland. PO Ferries current fleet includes the ships European Causeway, European Highlander, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Hull, Pride of Kent, Pride of Rotterdam, Pride of York, Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France.
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- As converted Ro-Ro vessel, the ferry has no identical sister-ships, but its deck layout and design is similar to European Seaway, Pride of Canterbury (former European Pathway) and Pride of Kent (former European Highway).
- MS Pride of Burgundy was initially designed as PandO's 4th 'European-Class' freight-only ferry (planned name "'European Causeway") to serve the route UK to Belgium (Dover-Zeebrugge). Due to the increased demand on the route Dover-Calais, the vessel was converted to a passengers and freight Ro-Ro ship during its construction (prior to completion) by adding extra superstructure.
- (ferry accident) On October 27, 2012, due to high winds, Pride of Burgundy collided with the ship MS Berlioz (currently Cote des Flandres), back then operated by the company MyFerryLink (founded 2012, defunct 2015). Pride of Burgundy sustained a superstructure damage (to the right bridge wing). MS Berlioz received serious lifeboat damages and was put out of service. All Berlioz passengers were transferred to the fleetmate MS Rodin (currently Cote des Dunes).
- In 2017 (March 3-25), the ship was in Gdansk Poland for a major drydock refurbishment. The Dover-Calais schedule was resumed on March 26.