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  1. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    Disruption to Caen and Le Havre sailings over the coming days due to strike action in France:- Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham - Caen/Ouistreham to Portsmouth 21/09/17 Caen to Portsmouth 08:30 - We regret to inform you that, due to a dockers' strike in the port of Ouistreham, your departure to Portsmouth at 08:30 is delayed by 1 hour. Boarding will still take place at the previously scheduled time and latest check-in remains unchanged at 07:45. We apologise for the inconvenience. 21/09/17 Portsmouth to Caen 14:45 - We're sorry to advise that due to industrial action caused by dockers, your crossing to Caen/Ouistreham is running approximately 1 hour behind schedule. Latest check-in time remains unchanged at 14:00. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. 21/09/17 Caen to Portsmouth 16:30 - We regret to inform you that, due to a dockers' strike in the port of Ouistreham, your departure to Portsmouth at 16:30 is delayed by 1 hour. Latest check-in remains unchanged at 15:45. We apologise for the inconvenience. 21/09/17 Portsmouth to Caen 22:45 - We're sorry to advise that due to industrial action caused by dockers, your crossing to Caen/Ouistreham is running approximately 1 hour behind schedule. Latest check-in time remains unchanged at 22:00. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Portsmouth to Le Havre - Le Havre to Portsmouth 20/09/17 Portsmouth to Le Havre 23:30 - We regret to inform you that due to industrial action caused by dockers in Le Havre, your sailing to Le Havre at 23:30 is cancelled. Please contact us on 01752 648637 to discuss alternative arrangements. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. 21/09/17 Le Havre to Portsmouth 22:00 - We regret to inform you that due to industrial action caused by dockers in Le Havre, your sailing to Portsmouth at 22:00 is cancelled. Please contact us on 0044 1752 648637 to discuss alternative arrangements. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.
  2. St Cecelia & Normandie

  3. Mont St Michel

    Monty captures the last of the evening sun on arrival into @PortsmouthPort
  4. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    It's an even shorter season for her next year, not starting until the 4th May, plus a reduced number of 'double runs' on Sundays.
  5. Incredible that she's going to enter service in just 10 months time!! irish Ferries are looking for name suggestions, with the chance to win free travel for life - https://www.bigshipbigname.com
  6. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    Pont-Aven is still feeling the effects of Storm Aileen, currently carrying a four hour delay. It will be rush hour in Millbay this eve with the Armorique and Pont-Aven arriving in close proximity to one-another! http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/routes/sailing-updates
  7. As part of Le Havre's summer of celebrations the Baie de Seine will be joining in the fun, in a rather unique way: LUMIERES SUR LE BAIE DE SEINE: To celebrate the city, its foundation and its 500 years of history, Brittany Ferries, patron of the event, will highlight its ship Baie de Seine. When the sun shines on the horizon, travel-sensitive images will slip from dusk to dusk, on the hull of the ship alongside, until it reaches its destination. An animated and signed Spectacular projection that reinvent spaces, and in their own way, choreograph the image. A praise to the light of the port, a call to the different destinations of the company. Brittany Ferries invites the public to "sail its dreams", to leave its home port to better return. For more than 40 years, Brittany Ferries has been working to connect people, territories, convictions and applies to share with its passengers the taste for travel and discovery. Beyond her job as a sea carrier and tour operator, she carries and embodies all that contributes to the richness of the meetings, the presences and the aspirations of each one. By the mid-1980s, Brittany Ferries welcomed art aboard its ships and now has over 1,300 original works. They show a genuine approach to cultural economy closely linked to the desire to offer its passengers a moment of pleasure, a new art of living the journey. So it is quite natural that Brittany Ferries has embarked on the ambitious One Summer in Le Havre project. Event dates: 8th, 15th and 29th September between 1945 and 2200. Source: http://www.uneteauhavre2017.fr/fr/lumiere-baie-de-seine
  8. Full Article: In a telephone interview with Shippax, Brittany Ferries has confirmed that they will charter the third ship in Stena’s E-Flexer series to be built at Avic Weihai in China. "We have signed a five-year bareboat charter agreement with an option to extend the charter or purchase the ship," Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries' CEO, told Shippax. In Stena's typical 'can-do philosophy', the 927-passenger ship will be tailored to Brittany Ferries' needs and will get extra cabins, although the 3,100-lanemetre intake will be retained. "Stena was willing to make modifications in the accommodation and adapt the ship to our requirements," Mr Mathieu added. "The ship will get a typical Brittany Ferries touch but it is unknown who will be in charge of the interior design." Although built as gas-ready, Brittany Ferries decided to install scrubbers on the newbuilding. The 212m by 27.8m ro-pax will replace the DFDS-owned BAIE DE SEINE, the charter of which expires in April 2019 with no option to have it prolonged. Yard delivery of the Stena ro-pax is expected in early fall 2020, i.e. about 1.5 year after the BAIE DE SEINE will have been handed back to DFDS. As a stopgap solution, Brittany Ferries might replace BAIE DE SEINE by NORMANDIE or ETRETAT. The latter ship is already on charter from Stena RoRo whereas NORMANDIE will be replaced on the Ouistreham (Caen)-Portsmouth route by the new HONFLEUR, due to be delivered from Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in June 2019. BAIE DE SEINE currently serves both Le Havre and Spain from Portsmouth, but Christophe Mathieu told Shippax that the new Stena ferry will serve Spain from Portsmouth, although no decision has yet been taken whether this will be Santander or Bilbao. Stena ordered four E-Flexer-Class ro-paxes in April 2016 with an option for another four vessels. All four ships were initially earmarked to operate from the Belfast hub but Stena has meanwhile reviewed its plans and will take over the chartered Belfast-Cairnryan ferries STENA SUPERFAST VII and VIII from the AS Tallink Grupp in December. This week construction has officially started with the steel cutting for the first E-Flexer which should be delivered in 2019.
  9. 2018 Schedules & Prices - Now Available

    A brief summary of the Winter 2017/Summer 2018 timetable: - Plymouth/Roscoff Limited service between 6th November 2017 and 2nd March 2018. - Poole/Cherbourg No service between 1st February 2018 and 18th February (Barfleur refit 1st Feb - 2nd March). Armorique covering between 19th February and 1st March. - Portsmouth/St Malo Bretagne to be laid up over the winter (7th December - 27th March). Pont-Aven covering route. - Portsmouth/Caen MSM refitting between 8th January and 9th February. Armorique covering the route. - Portsmouth/Le Havre Etretat refutes 12th October - 3rd November 2017. Etretat and Baie de Seine operating as per 2017. - Portsmouth/Cherbourg Normandie Express operates between 3rd May - 11th September. - Plymouth/Santander Full service resumes 1st April 2018. Cap Finistere operating 8th December 2017 & 16th March 2018. - Portsmouth/Santander Cap Finistere refit 7th - 23rd November. Cap Finistere & Baie de Seine operating as per 2017. Pont-Aven resumes service 28th March. - Portsmouth/Bilbao Cap Finistere & Baie de Seine operating as per 2017. - Poole/Bilbao Pelican operating as per 2017. - Roscoff/Cork Sailings resume 30th March. More info can be found here: http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ferry-routes/2018-sailings-on-sale-now
  10. It has been confirmed that BF will charter one of the Stena E-Flexer ships, which will enter service in 2021.
  11. It must have been a slow news day in Plymouth today... http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/why-a-brittany-ferry-sat-still-off-plymouth-for-three-and-a-half-hours-last-night/story-30428516-detail/story.html
  12. 2018 Schedules & Prices - Now Available

    Next years schedules will be released in 6 weeks according to a tweet today.
  13. There were spectacular scenes in St Nazaire yesterday as Queen Mary 2 returned to the port as part of the cities celebrations - marking 100 since American Soldiers landed in WWI. At 7pm this evening QM2 and four Trimarans will embark on a race across the Atlantic to New York. More info: https://www.thebridge2017.com/en/ A video of her arrival (and impressive berthing) can be viewed here: https://dai.ly/x5ruac1
  14. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Now officially in English -http://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/brittany-ferries-honfleur-press-pack-in-english/ Christophe Mattieu was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 this morning talking about the Honfleur and the impact of Brexit. It is now available on iPlayer (starts 18mins 30 seconds in). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v664d
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