Father Christmas comes to P&O Ferries’ ship this year to make children’s festive dreams come true

CHILDREN of all ages are being invited to ‘Sail with Santa’ this Christmas on board P&O Ferries’ flagship on the English Channel.

Father Christmas and one of his reindeer are visiting the Spirit of Britain ship every weekend between now and 25th December so that children can personally give him their wish list of presents. Every child who meets Santa on board will also receive an early Christmas present and can have their photograph taken with the famous man in red.

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, said: “This is the first time that we have ever had the honour of welcoming Santa Claus to one of our ships and we hope that children everywhere will take advantage of the opportunity to give him their Christmas lists in person.”

“It has become increasingly difficult these days for children to meet Santa face to face and families can combine a visit to see him with a day trip or weekend break in France to do their Christmas shopping.”

The Spirit of Britain sails ten times a day between Dover and Calais and the first children to meet Father Christmas on board the ship were two classes of six-year-olds from St Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Dover and Ecole Notre Dame in Calais respectively.

James Blomfield, Headteacher at St. Richard’s, said: “The children were blown away by the experience and loved meeting Santa. Their gifts were brilliant and our parents were really impressed to see how much their children enjoyed their day.”

Day trips to France on P&O Ferries start from just £17 for a car. In addition to Christmas shopping in France, anyone sailing with P&O Ferries in November or December can take advantage of the on-board shops, with up to 50 per cent off high street prices on wine, fragrance and kids’ accessories and clothing from brands such as Cath Kidston and Joules.

The cost of meeting Father Christmas on the Spirit of Britain is £9.99 and he will be on board to meet children on 17, 18, 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 December. For more details and to book a crossing visit www.poferries.com.

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Contacts:

P&O Ferries – Dan Bridgett – +44(0)1304 863308

New Century Media – Tony Lodge & Alexander Walker +44(0) 207 930 8033