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SPIRIT OF BRITAIN Dover - Calais - Dover 23 Feb 2011

08:10 Dover - Calais 16:00 Calais - Dover Aboard P&O's SPIRIT OF BRITAIN. Costing £150m she arrived in Dover on 9 Jan 2011 [3 days after leaving Rauma] and commenced service on 21 Jan 2011. SPIRIT OF BRITAIN 47592gt Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship 2011 United Kingdom

Other Ferries in Calais & Misc Photos - 23 Feb 2011
PRIDE OF BURGUNDY - Arriving at Calais 11:15 and later alongside at 16:00 SEAFRANCE BERLIOZ - alongside at Calais and departing 11:20 PRIDE OF KENT - Arriving at Calais 11:50 and passing SPIRIT OF BRITAIN as we depart and she approaches Calais 16:20 PRIDE OF CANTERBURY alongside at Calais, DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS, EUROPEAN SEAWAY, SEAFRANCE NORD PAS-DE-CALAIS, SEAFRANCE RODIN and other vessels STX NOBLE, VEGA all in the mist, rain and murk at various points on the crossings. Calais Beach, Seagulls & West Pier
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SPIRIT OF BRITAIN Interiors - 23 Feb 2011
Photos of the various Lounges, Restaurants/Bars, Stair Zones and more aboard SPIRIT OF BRITAIN - 23 Feb 2011 P&O's deck plans can be found at http://www.poferries.com/tourist/content/images/sob_deck_plan.pdf
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SPIRIT OF BRITAIN Departing Calais 11:40 - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

SPIRIT OF BRITAIN Departing Calais 11:40 - 11:50 She was 20 minutes late departing and that is a long time when it's wet, cold and windy in Calais 23 February 2011
Movie clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpSmydlb5gM
[Further movie clip taken aboard while departing Calais at 16:00, rain on the lens and maybe you can 'see' the vibrations which were quite bad when turning in the shallow water http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99p3xdqf6Pw ]
Movie clip of the pilot boarding as we arrived at Calais http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozIoz_5D4ZU

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PRIDE OF KENT Passes SPIRIT OF BRITAIN - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

PRIDE OF KENT approaching Calais passes SPIRIT OF BRITAIN departing Calais just outside the harbour entrance. The size difference does not appear to be that great here, possibly because of the mist - 11:50 23 February 2011

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Outside Deck Areas, SPIRIT OF BRITAIN - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

SPIRIT OF BRITAIN's outside deck areas are TINY and very disappointing. One can only access the stern area on Deck 8, which is dismal and screened aft with no gaps for photos, or Deck 9 aft to port [to stb is for Club Lounge passengers] which is the smoking deck and the sheltered part was roped off for crew! At least one can have some views here with no screen in the way, but only to port or aft.

Both deck areas have nice deck furniture, but no-one seemed to be responsible for keeping the decks clean and tidy, they were filthy and covered with rubbish. Smoking was everywhere, not just in the allocated area, but you can't blame the passengers as the announcement told people Deck 8 outside, not 9 as it should have been, or perhaps P&O don't care as they need Deck 9 for crew. For a new ship this was not a good impression to give.

A few photos of all one can see of the funnel when aboard 23 February 2011

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Calais 'Rush Hour' - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

11:15 at Calais:-
SPIRIT OF BRITAIN berthed, SEAFRANCE BERLIOZ departing, PRIDE OF KENT arriving and trawler VAGUE A L'ÂME CL 899 849 passes by - 23 February 2011

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SPIRIT OF BRITAIN Arriving at Dover 07:05 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

P&O's SPIRIT OF BRITAIN emerging from the mist and murk arriving at Dover 07:05 23 February 2011
DELFT SEAWAYS, PRIDE OF CANTERBURY & SEAFRANCE BERLIOZ is some views, but all misty, ir was raining too.

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Stern Views, SPIRIT OF BRITAIN - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

A handful of distant stern views of SPIRIT OF BRITAIN as she is berthed at Calais. Her funnel looks like a crown from this angle [to me anyway] - 23 February 2011

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The Rubbish on SPIRIT OF BRITAIN's After Decks - 23 Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011

Between the 08:10 sailing from Dover and the 16:00 return it did not appear as if anyone had lifted a finger to clear up the mess out here 23 February 2011

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