A meticulous maintenance service is carried out on each ship in an attempt to make sure that those passengers crossing the channel can have a very reliable level of service. Facilities are regularly upgraded, meaning that the fleet will continue to lead in terms of both performance and luxury
The Pride of Hampshire and the Pride of Cherbourg offer very high standards of stability and comfort for the Portsmouth to Cherbourg route. The Company also claim that they have created a new level of cross-channel performance with the advanced twin-hulled ship the Portsmouth Express.
The P&O Portsmouth flagship is the Pride of Bilbao which makes a trip once a week to Cherbourg. It has the largest passenger capacity of all ferries operating out of the UK. On-board facilities include not only award-winning restaurants and a cinema but also a fitness centre.
The Le Havre route features the Pride of Portsmouth and the Pride of Le Harve which combine a large amount of freight and passenger capacity with a wide variety of onboard facilities.
Portsmouth, the headquarters of P&O Portsmouth, grew to become the 2nd busiest ferryport in the UK after Dover because of the rail and road links to it but also because of the new Gunwharf Quays, which has 20 restaurants and bars, a 26-lane bowling complex and an 11 screen cinema, which opened in February 2001 on Portsmouth's Harbour.
The entertainment provided on the trips that you take to Le Havre, Cherbourg and Bilbao is for people of all ages. These programmes vary from ship to ship, route to route and also from month to month. But P&O Portsmouth offers a good choice of top cabaret acts, disco shows, live music and the latest films as well as the exciting casinos. For the kids, there are playrooms for the toddlers, and the bigger kids can enjoy the children's entertainers. They shouldn't be bored with all this.
Some passengers have actually stated that the entertainment is one of the main reasons for them taking the boat. P&O Portsmouth thus offer 3 night minicruises to Spain on the Pride of Bilbao and excursion cruises to Le Havre. There is also a special entertainment cruise from Portsmouth to Cherbourg on the Pride of Bilbao.
There are lifts between floors, toilets and cabins are also accessible to wheelchairs. There are also a number of disabled cabins specially designed for the purpose. Guide dogs can travel free and disabled people can have free cabin accommodation on day sailings and standard rate cabin accommodation at the standard rate.