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"P&O ferries should - I feel - be known by its full name - The Pacific and Oriental Steam Navigation Company! What a throw back to the time when travellers were up-market if they were POSH (Port Outward Starboard Home) and life on ship was a ball."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P&O Ferries
by
Peter Sylvester

P&O ferries should - I feel - be known by its full name - The Pacific and Oriental Steam Navigation Company! What a throw back to the time when travellers were up-market if they were POSH (Port Outward Starboard Home) and life on ship was a ball.

Well, surprisingly, life with P&O Ferries has changed relatively little.

On a typical vessel there will be amongst other things - three bars, two cinemas, a play area for kids, three restaurants, shops and a casino.

And the crew of P&O Ferries are exceptionally helpful.

And for those who wish it - the up-market Club Lounge - with all the comforts, amenities and peaceful sailing of the very rich.

P&O FERRIES HISTORY

The Orient Steam Navigation Company, acquired by P&O at the end of 1918, had begun cruises to the Mediterranean and to Norway in 1889, and to the West Indies in 1893, using ships no longer needed for full-time service on the UK/Australia mail route.

But particularly after World War Two planes took the place of travel to far places and P&O Ferries took up the reins of ferrying.

And P&O Ferries offered the job at very reasonable rates.

P&O FERRIES PRICES

With prices from £28 for a day trip from Dover to Calais, travelling couldn’t be cheaper. For the Irish sea ferries from Rosslare to Cherbourg or the longer trips from England to Bilbao in Spain or from Hull to Zeebrugge in the Netherlands the price rises - but you know P&O are a very competitive company and keep the prices - if not the quality of travel - to a minimum.

THE REAL BENEFITS OF P&O FERRIES TRAVEL

But ask yourself - in a life harassed by speed and bustle - what greater joy is there than the prospect of spending a couple of hours - or a couple of days - being unable to hurry?

This is what P&O ferries offer you. Planes, cars, coaches, trains whiz along - and you know it! But P&O Ferries slows you gently - then offers you the luxurious pursuit of whatever turns you on. And in that floating hotel - sedately doing 25 mph - you don’t even realise you are moving.

That is the true joy of using P&O Ferries. Ship ahoy!!

Peter Sylvester is a seasoned UK journalist (NUJ 020267) who has worked with BBC Radios 4 and 5 Live, World Service, The Natural History Programme, Today, The Afternoon Shift, Farming Today, On This Day, and more. He produced "Class Five" for Sybil Ruscoe for three years.

As a journalist, Mr. Sylvester has covered such topics as: military events and characters, education, social problems, agriculture, cryptozoology, literary history, environment, drugs, jewelery, ferrets, and sports. But not ferret sports. Those are out.

Mr. Sylvester has written for such magazines as The Field, My Weekly, The Woodworker, and Radio Times. In previous successful careers, he has been an actor, teacher, and trader of gold, silver, and precious stones. He lives near Evesham in Cleeve Prior.

 

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