ferry facilities

Facilities on Ferries - Everything a Freight Driver Needs to Know UPDATED

Whether it’s your first freight delivery to the continent or you’re taking a trip to a new destination for the first time, the facilities on board the ferry you take are important. They’ll make the difference between a comfortable trip and a terrible one. Long haul drivers will want to know about sleeping and cabin arrangements, while short haul drivers will almost certainly want WiFI and a bite to eat.

We’ve spoken to eleven of our ferry operators about the services and facilities they provide to ensure a stress, hassle free, relaxing journey.

Stena Line

Stena Line ferry facilities

Stena Line provide a variety of facilities and amenities on their ferries, exclusively for HGV truck drivers.

Lounge & Dining

Exclusive lounges and dining areas include complimentary food and beverages, Sky TV, free WiFi, newspapers and magazines.

The Cairnryan to Belfast route also has shower and toilet facilities for HGV drivers. As this is a short route, reclining chairs are provided for relaxation.

All freight drivers are entitled to a 20% discount in the onboard shops.

Accommodation

Cabins are available on Liverpool, Holyhead, Fishguard and Cherbourg routes.

Every cabin is shared (except Belfast to Heysham which is sole occupancy) with facilities including ensuite shower & WC and a desk with power sockets.

Premium cabin upgrades are available to drivers at a reduced rate.

Flat screen digital TVs are available in all cabins on the Liverpool to Belfast route.


Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight

Eurotunnel are currently upgrading their freight driver lounge facilities, which are expected to be completed by early 2017.

Lounge & Dining

Facilities in the new drivers lounge in Folkestone will include free WiFi, phone charging facilities, drink & snack vending machines, TV screens, seating areas and showers & toilets.

In Coquelles, a service station dedicated to HGV drivers has been recently refurbished and offers fuel facilities, a restaurant, snacks and pastries, a shop, free wifi, toilets, etc. Drivers can also use Eurotunnel’s secure parking facilities, just off J42 of the A16 motorway before starting their journey across the Channel.

Drivers can grab hot & cold drinks and confectioneries on board the club cars, as well as in the boarding lanes.

All shuttle club cars will soon feature new TV screens and free WiFi.


DFDS Seaways

DFDS ferry facilities

The ‘Road Kings’ facility provided on DFDS Seaways ferries from Dover to Dunkerque & Calais is exclusively for HGV drivers.

Lounge & Dining

Every driver is entitled to a free main meal with a drink in the exclusive drivers lounge. Free shower facilities and WiFi are available.

Drivers can purchase AGES Euro-vignette certificates, UK HGV Levy & Dart Toll charges on board.

A 10% discount is available for on board purchases (excluding cigarettes and alcohol).


Seatruck Ferries

Seatruck ferry facilities

Lounge & Dining

Seatruck provides a comfortable passenger lounge with Sky TV, tea & coffee making facilities, snacks and a selection of two meals per crossing cooked to order included.

Accommodation

Free sea view cabins with free WiFi, TV, ensuite bathroom and luggage storage.


Irish Ferries

Every Irish Ferries ferry provides WiFi, phone charging and TV facilities for freight drivers in the dedicated drivers lounge. Cabins and showers are also available.

Showers, TV and vending machines are available port side.


Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries ferry facilities

Drivers on Brittany Ferries are entitled to use all of the entertainment & passenger facilities available. These include

  • free WiFi in public areas
  • cinema
  • live entertainment including music acts, close magicians and headline acts
  • Bureau de Change
  • ATM cash machines

Lounge & Dining

The lounge is specially reserved for freight drivers with 50% off meals on channel routes and free meals on Spanish routes. This includes snacks, buffet, hot dishes, hot & cold beverages, beer, wine and cider.

Bars and restaurants are available on all ships (excluding the Pelican freight only ferry).

Accommodation

Brittany Ferries provides air conditioned, en suite shared cabins with linen & toiletries provided free of charge. With or without porthole cabins are available with plug sockets for phone charging. A plug adaptor may be required.


Polferries

There isn’t a specific drivers lounge for HGV drivers, however Polferries is ‘well known for delicious food!’

Two meals and soft drinks are included in every ticket and a special loyalty scheme is available - 70 Polish Zloty to spend in the ferry shops after seven confirmed trips.


Unity Line

Unity Line ferry facilities

Lounge & Dining

Unity Line provides a special driver catering area on board with a TV lounge, two meals with soft drinks included and special offers in the ferry shops.

Accommodation

All cabins have an ensuite bathroom with towels, body wash and shampoo included. Air conditioning and phone charging points are available.


Superfast Ferries

Superfast Ferries facilities are available to all passengers. These include

  • Restaurants
  • Discos
  • Casinos
  • video games
  • swimming pools
  • internet cafes
  • WiFi
  • ATMs

Available on selected vessels.

Every freight driver is provided with a cabin, access to the drivers lounge and discounts up to 35% on food, drink and shops on board.


Viking Line

Viking Line provides free WiFi on all vessels.

Lounge & Dining

Drivers lounges are available on some vessels with saunas and free coffee and juices provided. Meals are provided to long haul drivers who are traveling a driver’s ticket. Electrical outlets are are available for phone charging.

Accommodation

‘Silent drivers’ cabins with access to local TV channels and plug sockets for electrical items.


Tallink Silja

Tallink Silja ferry facilities

A HGV drivers lounge on the Helsinki to Stockholm route provides meals and non-alcoholic drinks. WiFi and phone charging facilities are also available.

Saunas and washing machines are available for use on board Tallink Silja ferries.


TT Line

TT Line facilities

TT Line offers a wide range of services for drivers onboard including

  • cabin with shower and toilet
  • free WiFi (100mb per booking)
  • free meal and drink (Trelleborg - Rostock, Trelleborg - Swinoujcsie)
  • wellness facilities
  • Sky TV
  • gambling machines

Grimaldi Lines

Facilities available vary on Grimaldi Lines ferries, however the Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona ships include

  • self-service restaurants
  • bars
  • casinos
  • discos
  • swimming pools
  • spa facilities
  • wellness centres
  • gyms
  • shops
  • conference rooms
  • WiFi available

to all passengers.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included with every ticket. The Grimaldi Lines Driver loyalty scheme provides 40% off any purchase in the bars and restaurants on board.

In low season, free upgrades from four berth to individual cabins are available.


If you have any questions about any of the facilities available on our ferry partner ferries, please do not hesitate to speak to our customer service team.

Thank you to our ferry operator friends for helping with this article.

19 May 2017

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