mv Pride of Burgundy     Dover to Calais

Passengers:  1420 Cars:  530 Built:  1993 Speed:  21 knots


The mv Pride of Burgundy was initially to be built as the mv European Causeway as part of an order for four new freight ferries for the 4 hour Dover to Zeebrugge crossing in the early 1990's. The original order with the shipyard was for four identical ferries to be named: mv European Seaway, mv European Highway, mv European Pathway & mv European Causeway. During the construction of the European Causeway the design was seriously amended and the ship was converted to full passenger mode, entering service as the mv Pride of Burgundy.

The forward part of deck 7 was designed as passenger cabins for use on the Zeebrugge route, these are still present on the ship after the conversion and are now used by the crew as living accomodation. Unlike the mv Pride of Kent (ex. mv European Highway) & mv Pride of Canterbury (ex. mv European Pathway) the ship feels very much like a converted freighter. Due to the conversion of the ship during construction, the passenger capacity is the lowest on the route being in the region of 600 passengers less than her converted sisters. Early in her career the passenger capacity was increased from 1320 to 1420.

In 2009 the passenger capacity was limited to 1000 due to the number of crew and both the Club Class lounge and the Langans Brasserie were mothballed. The ship being the odd one out of the fleet was to be used as a more of a budget crossing and during the night no longer ran Lite Night's crossings and instead served in a freight only role. In more recent times the Club Class lounge has been reopened with the Brasserie being used only during refit season.