The final ship of a four-vessel order placed by P&O European Ferries in 1989, the P&OSL Burgundy should have been delivered, like her sisters, as a "super freighter" for Dover-Zeebrugge operations. Instead during construction, the plans changed and the vessel was completed with a full complement of passenger accomodation - the possibility for such a transformation had been built into the design during the planning stages. This was perhaps doubly fortuitous - on the one hand the Dover-Calais service needed additional capacity at a time when competition was breakneck, whilst on the other it could be speculated that the Zeebrugge route did not need the additional capacity the fourth ship of the class would provide.

Whatever the reasons for the move, the
Pride of Burgundy was delivered in 1993 and completed P&O's five-ship shuttle service which cemented market leadership on the Dover Strait. Little changed until the merger with Stena in 1997, thereafter the ship being named P&OSL Burgundy but remaining on the Calais route. After P&O took full control of P&O Stena Line, the ship regained her original name in 2002, yet just one year later as part of a batch of P&O rationalisations, the 'Burgundy' was withdrawn from passenger service and put to use as a freighter only (assuming the role previously filled by her half-sister, European Seaway). A further revision of the situation was made in late 2004, and the 'Seaway' was recalled to resume freight duties with Pride of Burgundy reverting to passenger mode.
Pride of Burgundy
(ex-P&OSL Burgundy, Pride of Burgundy)
P&O Ferries (formerly P&O Stena Line, P&O European Ferries)
P&OSL Burgundy - page 2
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Pride of Burgundy deckplan (1994)
Pride of Burgundy-European Class comparison
Pride of Burgundy - more pictures
ABOVE: P&OSL Burgundy seen from astern and front-on. The ship and her European-class half-sisters retain the now almost traditional Townsend Thoresen-style  clam shell bow and stern car deck doors.
ABOVE: P&OSL Burgundy in classic pose, coming up the pierheads at Calais having turned off her berth within the harbour itself rather than coming astern and turning outside.
ABOVE: Pride of Burgundy turning off berth 6 at Calais in the Summer of 1994 with Stena Invicta at the old berth 5.
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