Pride of Bruges has several types of cabin available to suit all budgets and preferences.
Cabins on Pride of Bruges are dated, and that starts with the method of entry. Rather than a key card, the ship uses old fashioned keys. I had to collect my key from the designated member of staff upon boarding the ship.
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You must book your cabin at the time you pay for your sailing. If there is any spare capacity in higher grades on your sailing, you can upgrade your cabin at reception for a fee.
Cabins are pre-allocated, so you can only choose the grade and not the location. They also follow the colour scheme of the deck, so cabins on Blue Deck are blue in style. The most vivid of these has to be the cabins on Red Deck which are garish.
Standard cabins are the budget option cabins and are ideal if all you need is a bed for the night. Available as an inside or sea view option, these cabins feature either two or four beds in bunk bed formations.
Cabins feature an en-suite shower and toilet. Be aware that these rooms come without any bells and whistles. The locations of these cabins are typically on Blue Deck 6 or Red Deck 5.
These are a mid-range tier of cabins located on Green Deck 4 and are similar to the Standard class of cabin. They are fairly basic and are available in a two bunk, four bunk or five bunk option. These cabins are available with or without a window.
For the very best that P&O Ferries has to offer, choose a Club class cabin. These cabins are located in a quiet section of the ship and boast more space as well as amenities to make your journey more comfortable including a colour television, telephone, fresh fruit, plus tea and coffee making facilities inside the cabin. These cabins offer sea views and are en-suite too.
Standard Four Bed Inside Cabin #1016 Review
I travelled in the cheapest cabin available, a Standard Four Bed Inside Cabin on Blue Deck 6. A lack of a window meant the cabin was naturally dark, although a large gap under the door acted as a night light.
As well as light the door let in noise. This was most noticeable when a large group of passengers congregated outside.
The room was set up to accommodate my party of three, although I found it worthwhile lowering the four bunk to provide some much needed storage space. Without this, available floor space would have been limited.
The bathroom was incredible compact, with the shower mounted almost directly above the toilet. The sloping design of the wet room helps to drain the shower water.
A shower gel/shampoo all-in-one dispenser was tucked beside the shower controls. A soap dispenser was mounted on the wall adjacent to the sink. These can help you travel lighter if you are sailing on a mini cruise.
Premium Two Bed Sea View Cabin #3019 Review
When I sailed with P&O Ferries last time I travelled in a Premium Two Bed Sea View cabin on Green Deck 4 on both legs of the journey. As I sailed on a mini cruise, I had a suitcase symbol printed on my boarding card, indicating I had the same cabin for both legs of the journey. Having the same cabin on both trips meant that I could leave my heavy luggage in the cabin during the day.
My cabin was basic but comfortable. The cabin had a set of bunk beds on one side, with a desk and open wardrobe on the other (this was handy for storing my luggage out of the way).
The walls were relatively thin, and as there was a Club class cabin next door, I could hear the TV blaring until late in the evening. Noise travelled from the corridor through the door too. The sound of the engines drowned out everything else so I managed to sleep rather well. I awoke on the return leg to waves crashing against the ship in rough seas.
The cabin shower and sink featured shower gel/shampoo all-in-one and soap dispensers respectively.
Time to get up
There is no need for an alarm clock as an announcement is broadcast 1½ hours before docking (around 6.30 am). While very early, this allowed me plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast and to pack up my belongings.
I had to remember to hand the key back at the end of the sailing. There was no formal notices or information on what to do with your key. In Zeebrugge, I gave my key in at reception, and in Hull I used the cleaning caddy tray placed on the floor on each deck.
With three grades to choose from, there is something for everyone. Cabins are dated and you will need to collect your key upon boarding. Walls and doors are thin so expect noise to travel.
Read more in this series
- Getting to the Port of Hull
- Pride of Bruges Review
- Pride of Bruges Cabins (you are here)
- Food & Drink on Pride of Bruges
- Entertainment on Pride of Bruges
- Guide to Zeebrugge Port
- What can you do in Bruges in just one day?
- Zeebrugge Mini Cruise Review on P&O Ferries' Pride of Bruges