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Brittany Ferries To Launch England – Portugal Ferry Service?

Plymouth Live is reporting that Brittany Ferries is urgently working on a plan to start sailing from Plymouth to Porto. Presumably using the Port of Leixões.

Following the announcement that Portugal has been placed on the “Green list” for travel for Brits, demand for holidays in the country has soared. One source has quoted a 663% increase in bookings.

Although there is no official word from the ferry company, insiders are reported to have said that if it proves possible to happen, a schedule could be announced as soon as 21 May. This would be the first ever time that Brittany Ferries has operated to Portugal.

The most obvious ship for such a service would be the PONT-AVEN. With excellent facilities and a maximum speed of 27knots, she could offer a sailing time of around 24 hours. Though, to offer an ideal schedule, it is more likely that the crossing would be in the region of 30 hours. The company’s other normal UK – Spain vessel, CAP FINISTERE, would also prove very suitable.

Brittany Ferries CAP FINISTERE entering Portsmouth harbour. Brittany Ferries.
Brittany Ferries CAP FINISTERE entering Portsmouth harbour. Brittany Ferries.

Last week, Brittany Ferries was forced to further delay a return to a full service due to the ongoing barriers to International Travel. However, it is hoped that both France and Spain will soon move from the UK’s “Amber” to “Green” list.

Promoting Ferry Travel

Brittany Ferries has been heavily promoting the merits of post-Covid ferry travel in Summer 2021. Company CEO, Christophe Mathieu, said this week;

“Taking the ferry means there’s no need to mingle in a busy terminal building, or arrivals hall, alongside passengers from multiple destinations. Drive on-board in your own car, then head straight to a cabin which is fed by fresh sea air. Step outside on deck, visit a bar, restaurant or shop, and do so while social distancing in safety and comfort. This is the modern ferry experience and it’s why we urge everyone to consider a sail-and-stay holiday in 2021.”

Brittany Ferries Press Release.

With reports of airlines significantly increasing flight prices on some routes, Brittany Ferries has confirmed that there will be no increase in prices this summer. Furthermore, for peace of mind, the company also offers fully flexible tickets.

PONT-AVEN at Cork - Image: Brittany Ferries
PONT-AVEN at Cork – Image: Brittany Ferries

Gary Andrews

Experienced Maritime Professional, a specialist in ship and port operations, Business Development and Customer Experience, Gary has worked for some of Europe’s leading ferry companies. You can follow Gary on Twitter at @garyandrews77
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