P&O Ferries have been sailing back and forth to Europe and Ireland on a daily basis for years, for many it is a great way to travel and you can take your own car. I was recently commissioned to take some shots onboard on two of the routes for P&O’s brochures. The first trip was an over night crossing from Hull to Rotterdam. The ship stays in dock all day in the Euro Port and so it was great to have it pretty much to ourselves to get the shots done before passengers came back onboard for the return journey. The next day saw a very early start to capture some shots up on the bridge at dawn as we came back to England past Spurn Head. I must say this was a very mellow place to spend a couple of hours, however that early out on deck the wind was ferocious and bitterly cold.
The next leg of the shoot was on the Troon to Larne in Ireland and then back to Cairnryan in Scotland. This needed to be fast paced to get the shots we required as the crossing was only just over an hour and the ships did not stay in port for long. I was glad of the mid week crossing as both ships were quiet and as they were quite small in comparison to the european routes, we concentrated on restaurants and café areas. in fact this shoot was really a floating hotel shoot concentrating on interiors and details with the focus on conveying the onboard facilities and the overall atmosphere of the ships.