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Brittany Ferries Returns to Full Timetable

Passenger favourite Bretagne back in service after lengthy absence 

French ferry company Brittany Ferries had more than one reason to celebrate last weekend.  As well as the entry to service of its first LNG-fuelled ferry SALAMANCA, the company also welcomed the return to service of its first large purpose-built ferry.

BRETAGNE, which had been laid up since Autumn 2020, returned to service last Saturday night with a sailing from Saint Malo to Portsmouth.  This allowed ARMORIQUE, which had been operating the route in BRETAGNE’s absence, to return to her usual Plymouth – Roscoff route.  

ARMORIQUE joins PONT AVEN on the historic link between Devon and Brittany which was the company’s first service.

BRETAGNE's 'Les Abers' à la carte restaurant is one of few such facilities still available on a UK ferry. Image: © Steven Tarbox
BRETAGNE’s ‘Les Abers’ à la carte restaurant is one of few such facilities still available on a UK ferry. Image: © Steven Tarbox

Poole – Cherbourg reopens

With BRETAGNE back in service, the company is on track to offer a full timetable for the first time since services were cut back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  NORMANDIE is currently in dry dock but is expected to return later this week.  This will allow the BARFLEUR to re-open the Poole – Cherbourg service.

Brittany Ferries' MONT ST MICHEL. Image: © Steven Tarbox.
Brittany Ferries’ MONT ST MICHEL. Image: © Steven Tarbox.

Fast-craft sailings are also returning to Brittany Ferries this summer, with CONDOR LIBERATION sailing between Portsmouth, Cherbourg and Poole from the second week of July.  The trimaran will sail Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the first week of September under an arrangement with Condor Ferries.  Her sailings will be supplemented by weekly calls of both SALAMANCA and part-sister GALICIA.  This arrangement will provide a total five return sailings per week between Portsmouth and the Cotentîn peninsula.

Part of the large duty-free shop onboard SALAMANCA. Image: © Steven Tarbox.
Part of the large duty-free shop onboard SALAMANCA. Duty-free shopping is available again on all Brittany Ferries vessels for the first spring/summer season since 1999. Image: © Steven Tarbox.

The core of the Brittany Ferries’ services between England and Spain will be operated by the company’s newest ships, SALAMANCA and GALICIA.  These will primarily serve the Portsmouth – Bilbao and Santander routes respectively.  The twice-weekly Plymouth to Santander route will again be operated by PONT AVEN.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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