St Clare

St Clare

Our second-largest ferry, St Clare has two-tier boarding and comes with a wide range of fantastic facilities. She launched in April of 2001 and first entered service on 16 July of that year. St Clare was the first UK ferry to offer a Costa Coffee branch on board.

The association of St Clare with the Isle of Wight is bound with the history of Appuldurcombe House in Wroxall.

Facilities onboard

St Clare has a wide range of facilities including Wight Taste and We’re Serving Costa Coffee outlets, serving both hot and cold food and drinks, lifts, toilets and baby changing facilities, outside sun deck and dog-friendly areas.

At our outlets and vending machines, please pay using contactless or chip and pin, either with a bank card or Google or Apple Pay – cash is not being accepted.

Children's play area

We have made a vibrant soft play area available to use during the crossing.

A couple with a dog onboard a ferry next to windows, with coffee and a magazine

Dog-friendly areas

We have a dedicated area for your four-legged friends, where they can feel safe and socialise.

Food and drinks

We have a wide variety of hot and cold food and drink options, from both our We’re Serving Costa Coffee and our Wight Taste outlets.

Open decks

There’s plenty of space for everyone onboard. Grab some fresh air on our outside decks and take in the views as you cross the Solent.

Spacious lounges

Make the most of our well-ventilated and spacious passenger lounges with high standards of cleanliness.

Routes sailed

Portsmouth – Fishbourne

45 minutesVehicle and foot passenger ferry

Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight is a popular and convenient ferry route, getting you across the Solent in just 45 minutes.

A number of ferries serve this crossing, including our environmentally friendly flagship Victoria of Wight, each coming with spacious passenger loungers, sun decks and food and drink outlets to keep you refreshed.

Check out our TripAdvisor page and see what others have said about this route.

View the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route

Virtual Tour

Did you know

In January of 2004

St Clare was used as a cruise to look at Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in Southampton, which at the time was the world’s largest cruise ship. The cruise had over 500 passengers on board St Clare.

Where is she registered

The St Clare is registered under the UK flag, in London.

How long is she

She has a length of 86 metres, which Is about nine-tenths the height of Big Ben.

When and where was she built

St Clare was built in 2001 in Gdansk, Poland.

What is her passenger capacity

St Clare can hold 878 passengers at a time.

What is her vehicle capacity

She can hold 186 vehicles at a time.

Meet the rest of the fleet

Victoria of Wight

Victoria of Wight

Vehicle and foot passenger ferry

The biggest ferry in our fleet – running on hybrid energy, bringing a new, greener era of travel between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. 

View the Victoria of Wight

St Faith

Vehicle and foot passenger ferry

Our eldest member of the fleet, St Faith continues to serve the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route providing a relaxing journey across the Solent.

View the St Faith

Wight Sun

Vehicle and foot passenger ferry

As one of our Wight Class ferries, Wight Sun serves our Lymington – Yarmouth route and, when required, our Portsmouth – Fishbourne route.

View the Wight Sun

Wight Sky

Vehicle and foot passenger ferry

Serving our Lymington – Yarmouth route, Wight Sky is one of our Wight Class vehicle ferries.

View the Wight Sky

Wight Light

Vehicle and foot passenger ferry

One of our Wight Class vehicle ferries, Wight Light serves our Lymington – Yarmouth route.

View the Wight Light

Wight Ryder I

Foot passenger ferry

The first of our high-speed FastCats, Wight Ryder I can get you across the Solent in just 22 minutes.

View the Wight Ryder I

Wight Ryder II

Foot passenger ferry

Our second high-speed FastCat, getting you across the Solent in just 22 minutes.

View the Wight Ryder II