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Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca | Passenger Facilities and Deck Layout Plans

Salamanca Fast Facts

Current Name: SalamancaPrevious Names:
Shipyard: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd. [CN], 269IMO Number: 9867592
Current Operator: Brittany FerriesCurrent Route: Portsmouth - Bilbao/Cherbourg
Length Overall: 214.5mBeam: 27.8m
Passenger Capacity: 1015Vehicle Capacity: 2,705 lane metres of freight
Tonnage: 41,716 GTSister-ships: Santona, Galicia (part-sister), Stena Estrid (part-sister), Stena Edda (part-sister), Stena Embla (part-sister), Cote d' Opale (part-sister)

Familiar but Different

The layout of SALAMANCA will be familiar to anyone who has travelled on GALICIA.  Although Brittany Ferries’ E-Flexer ships are part of a series of similar vessels, Brittany Ferries has made its own design choices for the interior of the vessels.  

In common with the other E-Flexer ferries to-date, SALAMANCA’s interior architect and initial interior designer was Figura Arkitekter’s Richard Nilsson, though working under the direction of both Stena RoRo and Brittany Ferries.  The result is an interior design and layout not totally alien to that on the Stena Line E-Flexers, but with a clear Brittany Ferries character.

The green lounge, SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
The green lounge, SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

As with the company’s other E-Flexers, the SALAMANCA project has been overseen by Brittany Ferries Technical Director Catherine Querné.  Catherine Querné also curated the art collection onboard, which is unique to SALAMANCA, along with Artistic Advisor Kimberly Poppe.

SALAMANCA is the second Brittany Ferries ship, after GALICIA, to have her interior modelled on Spain.  The company’s third E-Flexer, SANTOÑA, will be largely identical to SALAMANCA with the only changes being the final touches to her decor.

Deck 7 Plan and Facilities

Deck 7 is the first of the two decks which house the enclosed public facilities onboard SALAMANCA. This deck is also one of three cabin decks on the ship.  

Layout plan for deck 7 on Brittany Ferries' GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Layout plan for deck 7 on Brittany Ferries’ GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Furthermost forward on deck 7 is Restaurant Azul, the main catering facility on SALAMANCA.  A children’s play area, one of three onboard the vessel, is located near the rear of Restaurant Azul.  

SALAMANCA's Restaurant Azul is the main restaurant on the Brittany Ferries ship. Image: © A Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.
SALAMANCA‘s Restaurant Azul is the main restaurant on the Brittany Ferries ship. Image: © A Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.

Behind Restaurant Azul and the children’s play area is a lounge running along the port side of the ship.  Two boutiques, one for duty-free shopping and the other for gifts and refreshments are located opposite.

One of the lounge areas on Brittany Ferries' SALAMANCA, located on the port side of deck 7. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.
One of the lounge areas on Brittany Ferries’ SALAMANCA, located on the port side of deck 7. A children’s play area is situated in the enclosed area to the left. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.

A full width area containing Guest Services and an interactive information area/lounge is located midships.  Both the port and starboard outside decks can be accessed from here.  The larger of these outside deck spaces, on the starboard side, also hosts the dog exercise area.  This is next to the heated inside dog kennels accessed from the exercise area.  Passengers can also choose to book a pet friendly cabin should they wish to keep their pets with them.

As with GALICIA, SALAMANCA’s deck 7 cabins are located behind the Guest Services and information area.  These are a mixture of different types of two and four berth cabins, all with ensuite facilities and an interactive flatscreen TV with video on demand. Deck 7 also has several cabins specifically designed for people with mobility difficulties.

Deck 8 Plan and Facilities

The second of the two decks with enclosed passenger facilities is deck 8. 

Layout plan for deck 8 on Brittany Ferries' GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Layout plan for deck 8 on Brittany Ferries’ GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The forwardmost area is occupied by the C-Club premium lounge which offers panoramic views over the bow of the ferry, table service, and has its own toilet facilities.  A reserved seating lounge with reclining seats is located immediately behind the C-Club.

The C-Club lounge, located forward on deck 8, SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
The C-Club lounge, located forward on deck 8, SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The second restaurant facility on the ship, Taberna de Tapas, is located to starboard with a seating lounge occupying a smaller area on the opposite side.  Further back is the second childrens play area to port and an exhibition gallery to starboard.

Taberna de Tapas, located on deck 8 of SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Taberna de Tapas, located on deck 8 of SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The impressive Plaza Mayor bar and café, which is flooded with natural night through its large skylight during the day occupies the full width of deck 8 midships.  

SALAMANCA's Plaza Mayor atrium bar. Image: Brittany Ferries.
SALAMANCA‘s Plaza Mayor atrium bar. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Plaza Mayor is inspired by the famous square of the same name in the old city of Salamanca and is intended to give passengers the feeling of being in a Spanish city.

As with deck 7, the rear half of deck 8 is occupied by passenger cabin accommodation.  Again, a selection of different cabins with ensuite facilities and video on demand is available.  Deck 8 also houses 37 two-berth pullman-style freight driver cabins which have shared facilities. 

Deck 9 Plan

The uppermost enclosed deck on SALAMANCA is deck 9. 

Layout plan for deck 9 on Brittany Ferries' GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Layout plan for deck 9 on Brittany Ferries’ GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

This houses the crew facilities and main navigational bridge forward.  The final 90 passenger cabins are also housed on deck 9, again towards the rear of the ferry.

Part of SALAMANCA's navigational bridge. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Part of SALAMANCA‘s navigational bridge. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Deck 10 Plan and Facilities

As with GALICIA, a large sundeck dominates SALAMANCA’s deck 10. 

Layout plan for deck 10 on Brittany Ferries' GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Layout plan for deck 10 on Brittany Ferries’ GALICA, SALAMANCA, and SANTOÑA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

As with her part sister, the sun deck has its own outdoor childrens play area, a sundeck bar, passenger seating, and exercise machines for passenger use. 

This mural was painted directly onto the bulkheads on SANTONA's sundeck by Spanish artist Rubén Sanchez. Image: Brittany Ferries.
This mural was painted directly onto the bulkheads on SANTONA’s sundeck by Spanish artist Rubén Sanchez. Image: Brittany Ferries.

A unique feature on SALAMANCA is a specially commissioned mural.  This was painted directly on to the steel bulkheads by Spanish artist Rubén Sanchez following the ferry’s arrival in Spain from China.

Vehicle Decks

One area where SALAMANCA differs from GALICIA is in her vehicle deck layout.  As a consequence of her LNG capability, the lower hold on deck 1 is not available for the carriage of vehicles.  This is because the space is needed to house the equipment and fuel tanks for LNG running. 

Part of the main vehicle deck on SALAMANCA. The tillable ramp can be seen to the right of the pillars near the centre of this shot. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.
Part of the main vehicle deck on SALAMANCA. The tillable ramp can be seen to the right of the pillars near the centre of this shot. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.

The loss of the lower hold for freight contributes to a reduction in usable freight lane metres from approx 3,100 lm on GALICIA to 2,705 lm on SALAMANCA.

Cabins

In common with Brittany Ferries’ other vessels, SALAMANCA offers passengers a range of different cabins including a choice of pet friendly cabins.  Alternatively, passengers can also opt to book a reclining seat in the reserved seat lounge on deck 8.  

All passenger cabins are air conditioned and have ensuite facilities. Baby cots suitable for infants under 24 months are available on request.  The cabin options are as follows:

Commodore luxury suite:  These come with a 160cm wide double bed with a superior mattress and high quality bed linen, free access to the premium C-Club lounge, direct access to the outside deck, a mini-bar with free soft drinks, and a sea view. 

Commodore suite cabin on GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Commodore suite cabin on GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The Commodore suites also have a large flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, a tea and coffee maker, complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, and UK/European and USB sockets.

2-berth Commodore Club: The two berth Commodore cabins come with twin lower berth beds, free access to the premium C-Club lounge, a tea/coffee tray, and a sea view. 

2 berth Commodore Club cabin on GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
2 berth Commodore Club cabin on GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

They also have a large flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, and UK/European and USB sockets.

4-berth Club cabins with porthole: These are equipped with twin bunk beds and have a sea view.

A 4-berth outside club cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
A 4-berth outside club cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Club cabins also have a flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, a hairdryer, and UK/European and USB sockets

2 to 4 berth interior cabins: These have either twin beds or bunk beds, a flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, and UK/European and USB sockets

A 4-berth inside cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
A 4-berth inside cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Wheelchair accessible cabins: twin bed cabin with a porthole reserved for wheelchair users. These Premium Plus outdoor cabins are specially adapted for wheelchair users and have an alarm and telephone.

An outside wheelchair accessible cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
An outside wheelchair accessible cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

They also come with a flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, wheelchair access to the bathroom and UK/European and USB sockets.  They also feature ambient floor lighting wishing occupants “Bon voyage”

An inside wheelchair accessible cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
An inside wheelchair accessible cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The availability of wheelchair accessible cabins is limited and early booking is essential. 

Pet friendly 2 to 4 berth exterior cabins: With up to four berths, these cabins have a porthole, laminate flooring with space for a standard sized pet bed, a flatscreen TV with free video on demand on both the TV and personal devices, a hairdryer, and UK/European and USB sockets.

Pet friendly 2 to 4 berth interior cabins: These cabins are the same as the pet friendly exterior cabins, but do not have a porthole as they are situated on the inside of the ship.

A pet friendly 4-berth inside cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
A pet friendly 4-berth inside cabin onboard GALICA and SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Lounge seating: A premium reserved reclining seat offering a dedicated space to relax.  This lounge is located in a quiet area forward on deck 8 next to the C-Club lounge.

The reserved seating lounge onboard GALICIA and SALAMANCA. Each of the adjustable reclining seats has a reading light, side table, and USB sockets fitted. Image: Brittany Ferries.
The reserved seating lounge onboard GALICIA and SALAMANCA. Each of the adjustable reclining seats has a reading light, side table, and USB sockets fitted. Image: Brittany Ferries.

Freight driver cabins: SALAMANCA also has 37 two-berth pullman-style cabins for freight drivers.  These have shared facilities located close by.

Further details on SALAMANCA’s cabin options are available on the Brittany Ferries website here.

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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