Pride of Kent
The Pride of Kent is the sister vessel to the Pride of Burgundy and the Pride of Canterbury. All three ships were once freight ships which operated on the Dover to Zeebrugge. The Pride of Kent is more similar in size and style to the Pride of Canterbury with the Pride of Burgundy being slightly smaller that it’s sisters.
Constructed in Germany in 1991, the Pride of Kent was known back then as the European Highway and it wasn’t until 2003 that P&O Ferries decided to change her name and refurbish her as a passenger vessel.
In 2003 the European Highway ceased to be and the Pride of Kent was born taking her place as one of the ships that crossed the channel on the Dover to Calais ferry route.
As we’ve said the Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury are very similar ships. Both are 179.7m long and weigh in at a gross tonnage of 30635. The pride of Kent however still covers 8 decks, can carry approximately 2000 passengers, 115 freight vehicles or 520 passenger vehicles. Like similar ships of the same size it can reach speeds of up to 21 knots or 24mph.
Although all three ships are older than some other ships on the Dover to Calais route, P&O Ferries always strive to ensure you have both a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
Onboard the Pride of Kent
As the Pride of Kent is of a similar design to the Pride of Canterbury it wont surprise you to find that you’ll find a similar range of facilities onboard. All of the ships in the P&O Ferries fleet have been designed with customers in mind to ensure they have a pleasurable and enjoyable journey.
Onboard the Pride of Kent you’ll find a restaurant, brasserie, bar and cafe, shop, arcade games area, children’s area, lots of seating, club class lounge and a bureau de change with atm. You’ll even find onboard a Costa Coffee, if you just simply cant do without your daily hit of your Americano, Latte or Expresso.
All of P&O Ferries restaurants offer a range of meals suitable for a variety of ages and tastes. They cater for those looking for a full meal along with those who would rather just have a snack. If you really don’t want to bother with the restaurant then the onboard cafe and bar offer the ideal alternative with a great range of snacks and drinks being available.
Those families travelling on a ferry to France will love the fact there’s a children’s play area and variety of seating where they can sit and watch films or play games.
The shop onboard the Pride of Kent gives travellers the opportunity to buy any essential items that are required for their trip that they may have forgotten such as headlight adaptors, maps, GB stickers and travel adaptors. In addition to this you’ll also find a range of newspapers, magazines, sweets and duty free type items such as tobacco products, alcohol and fragrances on offer.
As with all of the Dover to Calais ferries due to the short distance and travelling times there are no cabins available. Instead the space has been utilised to provide a variety of comfortable seating and of course the club lounge which can be accessed at a cost.
Those with mobility issues will find that the ship is very accessible and staff are always available to help. If you’re planning to get the Dover to Calais ferry, ensure you keep an eye out for the Pride of Kent!
To book your ferry to France on the Pride of Kent, please head on over to P&O Ferries.
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