Brittany Ferries was formed by a group of Farmers in the 1970s and its primary aim then was to transport vegetables from France to the UK.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2012 the company is going strong and is still largely owned by the same group of farming co-operatives but these days it is one of the leading maritime carriers in the Western and Central channel and it’s not only a ferry operator, but it acts as a tour operator as well, supplying a vast range of self-drive holidays throughout France, Spain and, to a lesser extent, Portugal.
Normandy and Brittany are hugely popular with the British for holidays and second homes and as such the Brittany Ferry services to those areas as extremely popular especially with those wishing to avoid the drive from Calais. The routes operated by the line are as follows:
Portsmouth to Caen – crossing time approximately 6 hours day/7 hours night, 3 hours 45 minutes high speed – up to four crossings per day
Portsmouth to Cherbourg – crossing time approximately 3 hours high speed/5 hours 30 minutes cruise up to three crossings per day
Portsmouth to St Malo – crossing time approximately – 8 hours 45 minutes day/10 hours 45 minutes night – daily sailing
Poole to Cherbourg – crossing time approximately 4 hours 30 mins/2 hours 15 on high speed service – up to three crossings per day
Plymouth to Roscoff – crossing time approximately 6 hours day/8 hours night – up to three crossings per day
Cork – Roscoff – crossing time approximately 14 hours – weekly sailing
The company won an award last year – Which readers voted it the best ferry company in the magazine’s customer satisfaction survey. The French ferry company scored 74%, topping the customer approval table which reviewed nine major ferry companies operating from the UK.
As well as receiving the highest score from readers based on their overall levels of satisfaction and the likelihood they would recommend it to others, Brittany Ferries also received four stars for its ease of booking and onboard facilities, as well as the comfort and cleanliness of its ships.