Spirit of Britain ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Spirit of Britain ferry
|Year built||2011 / Age : 9|
|Builder||Aker Yards (Rauma, STX Finland)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Dover-Calais|
|Building cost||EUR 180 million|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||212 m / 696 ft|
|Beam (width)||31 m / 102 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||47592 gt|
|Passengers||1750 - 2000|
|Sister-ships||Spirit of France|
|Christened by||Dame Kelly Holmes|
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MS Spirit of Britain ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel owned and operated by the UK company P&O FERRIES. The ship has a max capacity of 2000 passengers and 1059 cars (or 180 lorries). The vessel was launched in 2012 and currently operates on the UK-France ferry route Dover-Calais (crossing time 1,5 hours).
As cruise ferry, Spirit of Britain has no cabins (passenger staterooms) due to the route's short crossing distance. Instead, the ship offers Reserved Seating Lounge. This is a 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.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
The ship's main dining facilities include Food Court (serving international cuisine and fresh-made traditional British fare), Brasserie (French restaurant serving gourmet food and fine wines), patisseries (coffee shops serving light snacks, pastries, hot and cold drinks / including Starbucks Coffee).
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 also sell bestseller books, newspapers, magazines, toys, games,
The cruise ferry Spirit of Britain 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 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.
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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On August 8, 2008, P&O Ferries signed a EUR 360 million shipbuilding contract with Aker Yards (STX Finland, Rauma shipyard) for the construction of 2 cruise ferries specifically designed for the Dover-Calais ferry route. These were the largest ferries ever built for the English Channel crossing service. The new design featured an optimized hull for minimum fuel consumption. The ship is powered by four MAN marine diesel engines (model 8ZAL40S) with total power output 38,4 MW.
The newbuilds were the world's first passenger ferries to comply with IMO's new SRtP ("Safe Return to Port") requirements. These new SOLAS regulations were applicable to passenger ships with keels laid after July 1, 2010, and with LOA lengths 120+ m (394 ft). The new rules require that in case a passenger's vessel becomes a casualty, its onboard basic services will be provided and its main systems will remain operational to allow safe return to port.
On March 3, 2009, was held the ship's steel-cutting ceremony, attended by the Helen Deeble (PandO's chief executive). The vessel's keel-laying ceremony was on August 25, 2009. On May 13, 2010, P&O Ferries officially announced the vessels' names and their scheduled deliveries - "Spirit of Britain" (January 2011) and "Spirit of France" (January 2012). On June 8, 2010, at the Rauma shipyard Spirit of Britain was floated out and Spirit of France's keel was laid.
The ferry was officially delivered on January 5, 2011, and the same day started the 4-day long, 1400 ml (2250 km) relocation voyage from Rauma to Dover (arriving on January 9). The ship's inaugural crossing Dover to Calais (with passengers) was on January 21, 2011. In March and April 2012, the ship was returned to Rauma shipyard due to vibration issues. The problem was fixed at the shipbuilder's expense.
In February 2019, ship's flag-state was changed from UK (MMSI 235082716) to Cyprus (MMSI 209479000).
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