MS European Highlander


162.7 metres


23.4 metres


5.5 metres








P&O Steam Navigation


P&O Ferries

Former operators

P&O Irish Sea (2002-2011)



The European Highlander is a ferry that is owned and operated by the British ferry company P&O Ferries. She was built in 2002 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan for the company where she was placed on the same route she serves today, the route that links Cairnryan with Larne. She is the largest P&O ferry currently operating on the Irish Sea services. She has a sister ship, the European Causeway, but she also bears some resemblance to the Stena Nordica. Her current port of registry is Nassau, the Bahamas.

The ship itself

The ferry can carry 410 passengers, which is very small compared to some ferries. Although it is used to carry freight quite a lot, it focuses mainly on passengers.

Despite being a sister ship to the European Causeway the boat is actually bigger, with features like additional lifts, nicer seats and bigger lifeboats.

The children's play area is nothing much more than a small room with a TV and some toys in it.

For access to the Video Room you can only get in and out at the beginning and end of the crossing, so if you want some food you're better sitting in the bar or restaurant.

A few years ago P&O went ahead and refurbished the ship. During this time, the Norbay acted as a temporary replacement until the European Highlander returned to service.



General: Toilets, Car deck, Information Desk

Restuarants:Fables Restaurant, Poets Bar, Truckers Lounge

Shops: Shop

Other: Arcade, Video Room

P&O Ferries
MS European Causeway~MS European Highlander~MS Norbank~MS Norbay~HSC Express~MS Pride of Calais~MS Spirit of Britain~MS Spirit of France~MS Pride of Canterbury~MS Norcape~MS Norking~MS European Seaway~MS Pride of Bruges~MS Pride of York~MS Pride of Burgundy~MS European Endeavour~MS Pride of Rotterdam~MS Pride of Hull~MS Norsky~MS European Trader~MS Norstream~MS Norqueen

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