In what must have been a magnificent sight, P&O Ferries’ brand new ship Spirit of France set sail on her maiden voyage to Calais yesterday.
The majestic ship is the second one of its kind, coming after its sister Spirit of Britain which has been regularly seen at Dover for the past couple of years.
The ship is one of the biggest of its kind and has been brought in to revolutionise travel by sea. The ferry has room for roughly 2,000 passengers and has exceptional space for transporting vehicles – nearly four kilometres of traffic parked end to end to be precise!
The Spirit of France, as well as the Spirit of Britain are both ships that highlight the future of ferry travel and what owners of ferry companies are trying to create – it certainly is an exciting time. The Spirit of France and her sister ship for instance, both offer excellent safety features and have been designed to new Safe Return to Port requirements that are being introduced by the International Maritime Organisation. This makes sure that there is the highest compliance with propulsion, steering and machinery redundancy. As well as top quality safety features, the new ships have excellent dining facilities as well as entertainment areas and games rooms for children to be kept amused by.
It is fair to say that the new era of ferry travel is upon us, and if the new Spirit of France is anything to go by, it is sure getting more luxurious and more exclusive each and every year.