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Good news for fans of the Pride of York and Bruges - they're getting an extensive upgrade!

 

More info here: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/p-o-ferries-to-upgrade-pride-of-york-and-pride-of-bruges-to-secure-hull-route-into-2020s/story-29939754-detail/story.html

 

I last sailed on Bruges this August and onYork last November. Bruges is the better boat of the two for me, both could do with some updates but they handle themselves very well and I for one am pleased that they'll be with us for a bit longer.

If anyone has info more information about the refits it would be good to know

 

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Very good news, they're great ships to travel on and of course this is our one and only link with Belgium. I hope whatever they do is tasteful and not too much along the 'service station' style of some other ships. The ships had laminate flooring installed in the stairwells a few years ago and I hope this is replaced with proper carpets.

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Good news for the ships, must definitely try and travel on them sometime. The fact that they have lasted this long is very impressive - certainly proves that the Bretagne should/could easily last for a good 5-10 years.

 

Makes you wonder though , what will eventually replace them, and when...

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Pride of York left Zeebrugge this evening bound for Gdansk and refit. Quite a gathering of late 80's cruise ferries taking place there this month!

 

I believe she should have gone slightly earlier but was delayed due to maintenance on Pride of Hull overrunning. Pride of Bruges which was covering the Hull on Rotterdam has switched back to Zeebrugge tonight and is due off herself to Gdansk once the York returns.

 

Also noticed today that P and o ran Pride of Rotterdam down to the Keepel Velrome boatyard in Rotterdam for a quick 'splash and dash' examination by the looks of things. In and out of the dry dock in only a few hours!

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Was in Hull today, and by chance both Pride of York and Hull were late in, I guess as a result of Storm Doris. Got to see the former go into the lock and the latter moor up. Both recently refitted and sporting new logos. However Pride of York- one week out of dry dock appeared to have quite a bit of blue paint missing off starboard bow (not pictured), grey undercoat showing- surely it couldn't have come off already! I guess it's not the easiest thing to fix either. Otherwise she looked very good for her age.

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Great to see that P&O are looking after these two. They were quite a bold addition to the North Sea when introduced and I shall miss them almost as much as I miss the Tor sisters when they finally go. Here's to many more years!

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Hull Daily Mail showed a few pictures of the Pride of York post refit. Looks good but not much detail on the extent of what has been done. Apparently there is a relaunch of Pride of York in Hull and Pride of Bruges in Zeebrugge tomorrow.

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From recent trip on her it looks like she has had:-

  • Exterior repaint with new P&O logo and flag.
  • New full width shop replacing the separate shops it had before. You have to walk through it to get to Starbucks and the Show Bar. Very airport style.
  • Refurbished Blue Deck Bar with WiFi Zone replacing the cinema. They were still working on one corner of the bar so it was blocked off.
  • Refurbished and enlarged Brasserie fitted out like the recently refitted Dover ships.
  • Refurbished Club Cabins, some appear to have new double beds fitted were there used to be a single.
  • The Green Deck lobby looked a lot brighter so I think they've put new lighting in.
  • The Boulevard Bar has closed and is now an extra seating area for Starbucks.
  • Casino and games machine area have swapped places. New gambling machine area in one of the lobby's.
  • Lots of new carpet around.
  • Lots of new signage in the public areas and murals on the doors appropriate to the deck you are on.

They've probably done other things but that's what I noticed.

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Pride of Bruges is off service and in Rotterdam for engineering repairs apparently. Due back 3rd June. Auto Bay has been charterd to cover her freight runs, but not good to have her out of action over Spring half term week, bet there would have been a fair few mini cruises booked on in that period.

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After a 40 odd day stay in Rotterdam, Pride of Bruges is currently making her way to Zeebrugge, due back on service tomorrow. Apparently a gearbox issue kept her out so long, can't have been cheap to lose her at this time of year. P & O have had to charter two freight boats to cover her absence I believe. 

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Probably one of those jobs where a number of specialist parts had to be designed and manufactured, somewhere in the world. Then shipped to Rotterdam..Fitted and tested, all takes time..Bet there are a lot of relieved travellers and holidaymakers who didn`t relish the thought of contending with the black arts of the M25 and Dover xD

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It was indeed a gearbox issue and required it's removal from the vessel which is a big job on any vessel.

P&O chartered the Auto Bay to cover for her freight service with pax being distributed to other Pride of York and the Rotterdam sailings.

P&O have chartered a small container vessel called Elizabeth but this is not in relation to the Pride of Bruges breakdown but is a trial service to free up space on the York and Bruges for more accompanied freight.  So far it's doing very well.

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Returned from Zeebrugge on Pride of Bruges last night. Club cabin looked good post refit. She looks and feels good for 30 years old. The refit has improved the interior. The shop is now massive and stocks a better range than the Rotterdam boats. Food was also very good, as usual. She could use some paint on her outside decks, which makes me wonder why they didn't do it whilst she was laid up awaiting a gearbox. But all in all she looks good and the refit looks like money well spent. 

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Great, I managed to get some decent shots of Pride of Bruges leaving Hull, despite the rain, I'll post them when I get round to doing a voyage report. Did you notice whether they had any decent Belgian beer in the shop? They never used to sell any.

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1 hour ago, Ryan_H said:

Great, I managed to get some decent shots of Pride of Bruges leaving Hull, despite the rain, I'll post them when I get round to doing a voyage report. Did you notice whether they had any decent Belgian beer in the shop? They never used to sell any.

They had some leffe royal box sets with glasses, and some introduction sets of Belgian beers yes. They also sold multipack cans of Jupiler..

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I see that Pride of Bruges has just finished covering for Pride of Rotterdam during her dry dock and is currently in the damen botlek shipyard for what appears, from the timetable, to be a few days quick splash and dash dry docking before returning to the Zeebrugge route. This allows Pride of York to disappear until the end of Feb.  Given the length of absence I'm assuming she's back of to Gdansk again but does anyone know for sure where she's off to?

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I've been wanting to try the Zeebrugge route again for a while, since my last trip was back in 2015. I have to say that the email I received from P&O with their latest minicruises was far from inspiring; lots of gimicky 'themed' trips but the destinations themselves generally didn't appeal much and of those that did, such as Gent, the dates on offer seem very limited indeed. The ferry is by far my favourite way to reach Belgium, especially this route, but it's often hard to justify the cost versus Eurostar or taking one of the Dover routes instead. A more tempting range of short-breaks might change this. 

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Pride of York returned to service last week after a month in dry dock.  P and O I guess must be in a similar position to BF with Bretagne in respect of replacing the two Zeebrugge boats? They missed a window a few years back and now will hold to see how everything that currently affecting our worlds pans out? I did hear that they were considering a second Humber berth.

They are supplementing the Zeebrugge route with a pair of Lo-Lo ships supporting the boats suggesting they could really use more freight capacity on the route. The current Rotterdam boats would fit in Zeebrugge so I do wonder if we might see an announcement of 2 new builds for Rotterdam later this year. Given the decision to build the new Dover boats in China, it's easy to assume they might come from there too.

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