When traveling across to the mainland I have been a frequent user of the Belfast to Cairnryan route, and I have despite living relatively close to Larne, forgotten that P&O do actually provide the shortest fastest crossing to Scotland.

So last weekend I decided to remind myself how good the journey can be. And I was surprised what I found and it was all very good.

P&O Ferries operate the most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland and with more sailings to choose from and lots to do on board. And it is easy to forget that travelling to Scotland has never been easier and quicker than with P&O Ferries!

There have been quite a few developments too, for example there has been new seating added and a very reliable Wi-Fi that actually works. There are also new food menus, improved kids play areas and so much more. So you’ll get where you want, when you want, on a newly improved P&O ferry.


Flexibility to travel

With up to seven P&O Ferries sailings a day, no baggage restrictions and a journey time of just two hours, the Larne to Cairnryan route makes getting to Scotland even more convenient, and before you know it you heading into Lough Ryan, and that’s it quick and simple. In total  its a two hour crossing.

WI_FI that works

Wi-fi at sea as for a long time been a bit of a hit and miss affair, and I do have experience of logging on and being connected, but just not being able to actually get anywhere on the web because the signal was so poor and finally I just gave up. P&O Ferries offers a free Wi-Fi service that really works well. A high quality and dependable Wi-Fi connection on-board ferry sailings between Larne and Cairnryan is available to all passengers free of charge. So on this route you and your kids can be connected and peace will reign. In fact it was so good I was able to update apps on my Ipad and browse at the same time, so take it from me that is good.



On Board experience

If you’re feeling peckish, the new on-board catering menu offers a variety of meals, to include a vegetarian option and a specially designed children’s menu full of tasty favourites, as well as a great range of light snacks to suit all times of travel. Customers can also upgrade to enjoy Club Lounge with a range of complimentary newspapers and magazines, refreshments and Wi-Fi. It costs £12 per person if booked in advance and £14 per person if booked on board.

I used this facility and if you want to have a little more peace and a quiet space with all those goodies, £12 is a very small price to pay for a peaceful lounge that adds a little more luxury to your crossing. Keypad entry system keeps the club lounge an upper class area for those who have paid for the privilege. And it’s a small price to pay for a bespoke executive lounge on this great crossing.

Great Staff

Its obvious the staff are aware that for some passengers it may be their first time sailing with P&O and they go out of their way to make you fell as welcome and as comfortable as possible. Smiles from all the staff, greeting every passenger they see and a warm welcome is just what you want and its just what you get.

On-board, there is a shop offering a wide range of souvenirs, books, toys and games and for those tempted there are perfumes to snap up at up to 40% off its high street prices. Or simply sit back and relax in the lounge with lots of seating areas. Or visit the cinema.

For young sailors there’s plenty to keep them happy with the newly decorated kids play area and game zone. The children’s entertainment room has a play area and a video screen playing all their favourite shows and the arcade room will keep the older ones happy.

Road networks that suits easy connections.

With the completion of the newly improved A8, the main road network linking Belfast and other major gateways to the Port of Larne, it makes it even easier for passengers sailing across the Irish Sea to Scotland. The new link to larne is fast and efficient and long gone are the long delays behind an articulated lorry on a single track road to Larne.

P&O’s great value fares start from £74 each way from Larne to Cairnryan for a car and driver.

For further information on all sailings and the latest P&O Ferries offers please visit or call 0800 130 0030.          



P&O Ferries is cutting prices for all football fans planning to travel to the continent for the biggest sporting event of 2016 by £50.

P&O Ferries, which has been providing services across the Irish Sea for 40 years, has made the outstanding offer to celebrate the first ever occasion on which both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have qualified for a major football tournament.

Neal Mernock, P&O Ferries’ Sector Director on the Irish Sea said: “We are the only ferry company in Europe which has routes across both the Irish Sea and the English Chanel. The offer which we are launching today gives football fans the opportunity to travel on our route from Larne to Cairnryan in Scotland and then down to France via Dover and Calais.

“There is no more enjoyable and relaxing way to travel than by ferry and once you arrive on the continent you have the freedom to explore France in your car. On behalf of everyone at P&O Ferries, I would like to wish both the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland teams the best of luck and I’m sure that the supporters who follow them will have a memorable summer holiday regardless.”

P&O Ferries discount applies from 8th June to 12th July 2016 and is applicable on the Larne–Cairnryan and Dover-Calais routes. It is valid for long breaks only (i.e. more than five days) and both the Irish Sea and English Channel journeys must be booked at the same time. Visit or call 0800 130 0030 for more details.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry operator, sailing on nine major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. The company operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6million cars and two million freight units every year.