Pride of Bruges ferry

Former name: Norsun

Pride of Bruges ferry current position

Pride of Bruges ferry current location is at North Sea (coordinates 51.33893 N / 3.18776 E) cruising en route to EUROPOORT <-> ZEEBRU. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

Current Position

Specifications of Pride of Bruges ferry

Year built1987  /  Age: 34
Flag state Netherlands
Builder(NKK Corporation) Tsurumi Shipyard (Yokohamai, Japan)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsHull-Zeebrugge
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)179 m / 587 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage31598 gt
Passengers930 - 1250
Freight vehicles180
Last Refurbishment2017
Sister-shipsPride of York
Former namesNorsun

Pride of Bruges ferry Review

Review of Pride of Bruges ferry

MS Pride of Bruges ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel owned and operated by the UK company P&O FERRIES. The ship has a max capacity of 1250 passengers, 850 cars and 180 lorries. The vessel was launched in 1987 and until January 2021 operated on the England-Belgium ferry route Hull-Zeebrugge (crossing time 13 hours).

IMPORTANT: In mid-February 2021, both deployed in the North Sea cruiseferries/sisterships Pride of Bruges and Pride of York were put up for sale. Both vessels (1987-built/34-years-old) were among the largest passenger ships in the UK. This followed P&O Ferries' decision to terminate the England-Belgium route Hull-Zeebrugge in early-January 2021. The service was described as "loss-making" after a significant drop in demand (mainly due to Coronavirus-Brexit-related travel restrictions and complications).


As cruise ferry, Pride of Bruges has cabins (passenger staterooms), all of which are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. The ship offers 2-berth and 4-berth (with bunk beds) standard cabins, which can be outside or inside with sea view.

Premier-class cabins are also outside or inside with sea view, offered as 2-4-5-berth (also with bunk beds). All Club-class cabins are with sea view and best deck location. They are also larger and with extra amenities, such as LCDTV, phone, fresh fruits, tea/coffee making facilities.

The ship also has a number of wheelchair-accessible cabins (adapted for disabled passengers).

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

The ship's main passenger-accessible facilities include:

PO FERRIES Pride of Bruges ferry ship

  • The Kitchen (on Green Deck 4, casual restaurant serving international cuisine and fresh-made traditional British fare)
  • The Brasserie (on Green Deck 4, a French restaurant serving gourmet food and fine wines), patisseries (coffee shops serving light snacks, pastries, hot and cold drinks)
  • Starbucks Coffee Bar (on Red Deck 5)
  • The Flying Dutchman Bar (on Blue Deck 6)
  • Casino (on Red Deck 5)
  • Show Lounge (on Red Deck 5)
  • Cinema (on Blue Deck 6) - tickets can be purchased from Information Desk
  • The Lounge (on Blue Deck 6)

There is a 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 has a dedicated family lounge with comfortable seating. The lounge is 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 cruise ferry Pride of Bruges 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).


Car decks

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 specific assistance 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 lounges is forbidden.
  • Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
  • In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.

PandO mini-cruise deals from the UK

The cheapest PandO mini cruise ferry deals are 3-day / 2-night voyages from the UK to Holland and Belgium. Themed as "city breaks", PO mini cruise deals offer roundtrip departures from Hull to either Rotterdam (Amsterdam) or Zeebrugge (Brugge).

  • Longer city breaks (duration up to 7-days / 6-nights) offer roundtrips to Hamburg (Germany), Bilbao (Spain) and La Rochelle (France).
  • On mini cruises from the UK, P&O ferry passengers receive boarding cards (doubling as meal vouchers), cabin keycard and booklets with vouchers (for return check-in and bus transfers / if any). Boarding card with a suitcase icon on it means passengers can leave their luggage in the stateroom while disembarking the ship. This feature, however, must be confirmed at check-in.

ferry company PO FERRIES logo - CruiseMapper

The shipowner P&O Ferries (founded in 2002, headquartered in Dover England) is a 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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