Brittany Ferries launch 'no frills' economy ferry service to France and Spain from Portsmouth

'No frills' ferry service to France launched

'No frills' ferry service to France launched

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A NEW 'no frills' car ferry service has been launched which will sail from Hampshire to France and Spain.

Brittany Ferries économie ferry will sail from Portsmouth to Le Havre in Normandy and the city of Santander in northern Spain.

The new ferry is operated by a newly acquired ship called the Etretat and the new service comprises a daytime sailing from Portsmouth to Le Havre and an overnight sailing from Le Havre to Portsmouth each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Crossing times are five hours and 30 minutes during the day and around nine hours overnight. At weekends there is a Saturday morning departure from Portsmouth to Santander and a Sunday afternoon sailing back to Portsmouth, with a crossing time of 26 hours each way.

The facilities and space onboard is limited compared to Brittany Ferries' cruise ferry services, however there is a bar, self-service restaurant, small boutique, movie lounge and free Wi-Fi internet access.

Group Commercial Director of Brittany Ferries, Mike Bevens, said: “We began operating from Portsmouth to Santander in 2009 and to Le Havre in 2013, and both routes have proved popular with customers.”

“Etretat allows us to build on that success by offering them more capacity, a wider range of sailing times, and, thanks to the économie concept - even greater value.”

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12:57pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed.
If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed. Brite Spark
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1:06pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Mind - one can take the term 'No Frills' a bit too far.

Kiel, Nov 19 -- A truck broke loose on board passenger ro/ro Norman Voyager (27700 gt, built 2008) in rough sees between Rosslare and Cherbourg on Nov 17. When the vehicle tipped over, four of the 75 young bulls inside died. The crew had to release the remaining animals into the car deck and get them controlled until arrival at Cherbourg later same day. -- Correspondent.

And 2009 - Detained by safety inspectors due deficiencies. Released 21 Nov.
Mind - one can take the term 'No Frills' a bit too far. Kiel, Nov 19 -- A truck broke loose on board passenger ro/ro Norman Voyager (27700 gt, built 2008) in rough sees between Rosslare and Cherbourg on Nov 17. When the vehicle tipped over, four of the 75 young bulls inside died. The crew had to release the remaining animals into the car deck and get them controlled until arrival at Cherbourg later same day. -- Correspondent. And 2009 - Detained by safety inspectors due deficiencies. Released 21 Nov. Brite Spark
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1:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

It was renamed after that incident.
It was renamed after that incident. Brite Spark
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1:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Brittany Ferries are too expensive anyway, LD Lines for meany day!
Brittany Ferries are too expensive anyway, LD Lines for meany day! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 1

3:11pm Tue 25 Mar 14

focus19 says...

Be great to see the cross channel ferries back in Southampton, about time we NICKED them back from Portsmouth. shame them days are long gone :-(
Be great to see the cross channel ferries back in Southampton, about time we NICKED them back from Portsmouth. shame them days are long gone :-( focus19
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

Stop advertising for Skatemouth, we hate them don't you realise!!!!!!
Stop advertising for Skatemouth, we hate them don't you realise!!!!!! ToastyTea
  • Score: -6

11:28pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed.
is Paris on the sea front? If so, I mustapha missed that.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed.[/p][/quote]is Paris on the sea front? If so, I mustapha missed that. Donald2000
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1:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Donald2000 wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed.
is Paris on the sea front? If so, I mustapha missed that.
There's a pic of the Awful Tower at the head of the story!
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: If it's going to Paris I'll be impressed.[/p][/quote]is Paris on the sea front? If so, I mustapha missed that.[/p][/quote]There's a pic of the Awful Tower at the head of the story! Brite Spark
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4:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

RLWaterside says...

focus19 wrote:
Be great to see the cross channel ferries back in Southampton, about time we NICKED them back from Portsmouth. shame them days are long gone :-(
Agreed. Shame we lost out there.

Was it due to the high fees of ABP?

I know the long distance lorry drivers prefer Portsmouth as its straight from motorway to ship, sadly.

it'll be great to see it back.
[quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: Be great to see the cross channel ferries back in Southampton, about time we NICKED them back from Portsmouth. shame them days are long gone :-([/p][/quote]Agreed. Shame we lost out there. Was it due to the high fees of ABP? I know the long distance lorry drivers prefer Portsmouth as its straight from motorway to ship, sadly. it'll be great to see it back. RLWaterside
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