Two P&O cruise ferries that sail from Hull have been relaunched this week following an £8.5 million refit.
Both the Pride of York and the Pride of Bruges, two 32,000 tonne sister vessels which can carry up to 880 passengers on their 12 hour sailings between Britain and the continent have benefited from a major refurbishment designed to improve the on-board freight facilities, shopping, dining and sleeping experience.
The two ships will travel between Hull and Zeebrugge and will now also includes a laundry service for freight drivers.
P&O Ferries sails on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.
It operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.
Janette Bell, managing director at P&O Ferries, said: “We are delighted that this £8.5 million relaunch has transformed freight driver facilities, on-board shops, brasserie and improved the cabins for everyone who sails with us.
“Imagine stepping on board a ship which takes you to the continent in comfort and importantly provides you with a good night’s sleep, whilst giving you time to relax over a meal and take advantage of some great shopping deals.
“It is the ideal package for tourists who don’t want to endure a budget airline and for freight drivers who want to relax overnight and reach their destination on time in the morning.
“On board our upgraded Brasserie offers new menus offering value for money British and Continental dishes. The bars have been given a sleek, modern feel offering hot food to order and hot spot Wi-Fi.
“Our shops – which offer discounts of up to 50% on many high street brands for fragrance, alcohol and confectionery – have been designed in a user-friendly style. We are proud that whether you are a tourist passenger or a freight driver you will be able to sleep soundly in your cabin and arrive refreshed the next day.”
“With prices starting at £40 each way, we aim to enable as many tourist customers as possible to experience and enjoy our new ships for themselves.”