The Pride of Kent is the sister vessel to the Pride of Burgundy and the Pride of Canterbury. All three ships started off in life as freight ships and once operated on the Dover to Zeebrugge route but now operate on the Dover to Calais ferry crossing. The Pride of Kent is similar in size and style to the Pride of Canterbury whilst the Pride of Burgundy is slightly smaller than its sisters.
The ship was constructed in Germany in 1991 and was originally known as the European Highway. However in 2003 P&O Ferries decided to change her name to the Pride of Kent and refurbished her as a passenger ferry.
The Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury are very similar ferries. Both are 179.7m long and weigh in at a gross tonnage of 30635. The pride of Kent however still has 8 decks and 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 won’t surprise you to find a similar range of facilities onboard. All of the ships in the P&O Ferries fleet have customers comfort in mind to ensure you 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 a Costa Coffee onboard, so if you simply can’t do without your daily hit of your Americano, Latte or Expresso, you won’t be disappointed.
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.
As with all of the Dover to Calais ferries due to the short distance and travelling times there are no cabins available. Therefore instead you’ll find a variety of comfortable seating and of course a club lounge which can be used at a cost.
The shop onboard the Pride of Kent gives you the opportunity to buy any essential items that you may need for your trip. These include items 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 chocolate.
P&O Ferries world duty free offers a fantastic range of premium products. These include a great variety of tobacco products, fragrances, skincare, cosmetics, wines, beers and spirits. Furthermore, you’ll also find a number of sunglasses and digital items to choose from.
To book your ferry to France on the Pride of Kent, please head on over to our Dover to Calais crossing page.