Brittany Ferries' news

An out-of-common cruise aboard Normandie

Normandie leaving Portsmouth's harbour, en route to Ouistreham

Brittany Ferries’ work horse Normandie began service back in May 1992, on the Ouistreham - Portsmouth for which she has been built. It mean she has kept sailing on this route for 25 years, up to three times a day with the reliability of a Swiss clock. Built to accommodate the growing numbers of passengers traveling to Normandy, she still looks very modern, despite her age.

Willing to make something relaxing throughout a mid-August week end, we decided to make a cruise with Brittany Ferries. That was an occasion to sail aboard a workhorse we haven’t given the attention she deserves the last time we sailed on her five years ago.

A travel report (text and pictures) by Antoine and Benjamin.

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Brittany Ferries to operate another new ship in 2020

Brittany Ferries is to operate the third vessel of the Stena Line's E-Flexer class
An artist view of the new Stena Line's E-Flexer class vessels. Courtesy Deltamarin

Brittany Ferries has confirmed to our colleagues from Shippax it will charter from Stena Line a new vessel for its popular Spain - Great Britain route beginning 2020.

Antoine Hurtaut

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Brittany Ferries commissions M/V Honfleur

An artist impression of Brittany Ferries' new ship, which is to be christen M/V Honfleur in April 2019.
Artist impression of M/V HONFLEUR, released on19th June. Courtesy Brittany Ferries.

Brittany Ferries has announced during a press conference hold on 19th June it has ordered to the German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft its new state-of-the-art cruise ferry for its popular Ouistreham – Portsmouth service.

Antoine H.

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Brittany Ferries' new ship to be bunkered by Total

An artist impresion of Brittany Ferries' new ship,, which is expected to serve the Ouistreham - Portsmouth route from 2019.
Artist impression of Brittany Ferries' new ship. Picture Brittany Ferries.

Earlier this month, Brittany Ferries has announced it has chosen Total to bunker its new LNG-powered ship, which is expected to be ordered in the coming weeks.

Antoine H.

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A trip to Portsmouth #1: fifty shades of great

In a previous travel report, I wrote I was unlikely to sail abord Bretagne soon. However, I soon really missed my favourite ship on the British Channel. Therefore, our YouTube-channel manager and I wanted to sail aboard her to Portsmouth once again (it is my eigth crossings aboard), in order to propose you a new report of our favourite. Besides, we also decided to spend a few days in Portsmouth, to which we will dedicate a further report.

 

Travel pictures and pictures by Antoine.

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Brittany Ferries. A new LNG-powered ship to be built

An artist impression of the new LNG-powered ship which is to be delivered to Brittany Ferries by 2019 to replace Normandie.
An artist impression of the new ship of Brittany Ferries. Picture Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries has just unveiled it is to order shortly a new LNG-powered ship for its Ouistreham - Portsmouth service. This new ship is to be delivered by 2019.

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Brittany Ferries. A project to replace Normandie

An artist impression of Pegasis. Picture STX France.
An artist impression of Pegasis. Picture STX France.

A few weeks ago, the president of the executive board of Brittany Ferries' announced that the future of the company has been blurred by the Brexit, owing to the uncertainty it has created on the cross-channel market. Therefore, nonetheless the age of two of the company's ships, the company announced it is unable to order new ships to replace them.

However, it is now reported that the company would have decided in its last meeting of its supervisory board, its subsidiary SOMANOR would order by early-2017 a new ship for its Ouistreham - Portsmouth route. This ship, that may be powered by LNG-engines, is likely to be introduced at Spring 2019.

Antoine H.

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Brittany Ferries. Strong performances and thwarted projects

M/V Bretagne performing a U-Turn in Saint-Malo, before berthing in the harbour.
Bretagne was to be replaced by 2019 by a new built. It is now very unlikely. Picture Antoine H.

Two weeks ago, Brittany Ferries has ended its 2015-2016 financial year (which goes from 1st October to 30th September), and has announced very good performances for this year despite the Brexit has been eventually chosen by British voters as a future for their country a few days before the crucial Summer period.

On the other hand, although Brittany Ferries is now in much greater condition than a few years ago, the company remains unable to order news ships, although it has been announced earlier this year that at least two ships were to be ordered in late-2016.

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Brittany Ferries' Saint-Malo - Portsmouth route, the 40th anniversary

40 years ago, on that day, Brittany Ferries launched its route linking Saint-Malo, in Brittany and Portsmouth, in Hampshire, using two purpose-built ferry terminals in Saint-Malo and Portsmouth (which also celebrate their 40th anniversary today), less than one year after the Saint-Malo - Plymouth route was created.

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Portsmouth - Ouistreham : the 30th anniversary of a success story

Today, on 6th June 2016, whereas some are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day in Normandy, Brittany Ferries is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its own landing in Normandy : the one of its first passengers of the new route linking Ouistreham, in the north of Caen and Portsmouth, operated by its newest purchase : the M/S Duc de Normandie.

Antoine H.

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