Pride of Hull

Key Facts

The Pride of Hull is one of two luxurious cruise ferries operated by P&O Ferries on the Hull to Rotterdam service, and is the sister ship of the almost identical Pride of Rotterdam.

  • Length: 215.45m
  • Gross tonnage: 59,925
  • Passengers: 1,360
  • Vehicles: 250 cars or 400 freight
  • Freight capacity: 3,255 lane metres
  • Shipyard: Venice-Marghera
  • Builder: Fincantieri
  • Construction time: 14 months
  • Beam: 31.5m
  • Draught: 6.05m
  • Decks: 12
  • Cabins: 546
  • Beds: 1,376
  • Crew: 141
  • Service speed: 22knots (41 km/h or 25 mph)
  • Engines: 4 x Wartsila NSD 9L46C
  • Output: 37,800kW at 500rpm
  • Engines: Wartsila 9L32
  • Output: 4,050kW at 720rpm
  • Propeller diameter: 2 x 4.9m
  • Bow thrusters: 2 x Fincantieri 2,000kW

The Pride of Hull has 12 decks with much of the action on decks 8 and 9. Equipped with everything you'd expect on a luxury cruise ferry, there's a bureau de change, several cafes, a large shop children's play area and of course a selection of dining areas. Entertainment also includes a casino, Irish bar, two cinemas and the double-decked chow lounge with stage, sound and light system.

There is a business centre for those needing to catch up and stay in touch whilst at sea, plus a freight drivers exclusive area.

With 546 cabins (inside as well as outside) there are 1,376 berths, and all passengers must have a berth to sail (gone are the days of the reclining seats - probably a good thing!). The crew of 141 have accommodation on deck 11.

The car deck on the Pride of Hull is unusually accessed from the side of the ship, which helps speed up loading and unloading, and keeps cars away from the freight entrance.

With 3,345 lane metres of freight capacity, the vessel is an important part of Hull Docks throughput. The open aft of the deck means that hazardous cargo can be transported.

The four Wartsila NSD 9L46C engines provide 37.8MW total power (at 500 rpm), and there are two auxiliary engines (Wartsila 9L32) giving output power of 4MW at 720rpm. Two Fincantieri 2MW bow thrusters provide manoeuverability. The service speed is 22knots.

More technical details on the Pride of Hull, including photographs of its construction can be found here and here.