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Major changes as Brittany Ferries is to lay-up two cruiseferries among them Armorique (above) currently serving Roscoff-Plymouth, due to a slump in passenger demand notably arising from the UK's Covid-19 quarantine from France. AFLOAT adds Armorique is scheduled to boost capacity on the Cork-Roscoff route (albeit in 2021) running in tandem with flagship Pont-Aven currently maintaining 'seasonal' sailings linking Ireland and France and remains unaffected with these latest operational changes elsewhere. Also above in French waters is a pilot cutter.
Major changes at Brittany Ferries have forced the operator to introduce a reduction in services following the imposition of (Covid-19) quarantine on travellers returning to the UK from France and the effect this has had on existing reservations as well…
Solent Sisters: Brittany Ferries Connemara is of the same 'Visentini' built ropax class of Etretat (above AFLOAT photo) departing Portsmouth bound for Le Harve, is to return to Irish waters on a new Rosslare-Cherbourg route in 2021. This will be the ferry's first return to Rosslare Europort since 2008 as Norman Voyager of LD Lines inaugural Ireland-France (weekend) Rosslare-Le Harve service which was added to an existing Normandy link to Portsmouth but the short-lived Irish service ended with the French operator chartering the ferry to former Celtic Link Ferries albeit on the slightly shorter Cherbourg route to the Irish port where Etretat is to return following Brittany Ferries English Channel & UK-Spain services. Note: blue mid-hull 'wave' livery, a legacy of LD Lines which was adopted for Brittany Ferries 'no-frills' (économie) ferries except the Connemara and Kerry.
Operator Brittany Ferries this week announced plans to increase services out of two Irish ports in 2021 but the new developments may lead to further consequences for the ferry firm given fluidity of Brexit, Covid-19 and economies impacting ferry holiday-makers…
All Brittany Ferries routes between Ireland-France and Spain are operating to a 'full' service following Covid-19 government related restrictions lifted after ceasation of services for more than three months. Flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven recently resumed Cork-Roscoff summer sailings but AFLOAT noted that from next year (2021) the season is to be boosted with cruiseferry Armorique offering holidaymakers more options. The 29,468 gross tonnage cruiseferry currently operates daily Roscoff-Plymouth sailings on the English Channel in tandem with Pont-Aven which also serves Plymouth-Santander, Spain.
Brittany Ferries flagship began Cork-Roscoff seasonal service earlier this month following lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and notably another cruiseferry is to enter the popular Ireland-France route too but not until 2021, writes Jehan Ashmore Asides the current routine Saturday afternoon…
The Cork-Roscoff route is very popular with holidaymakers. AFLOAT adds Brittany Ferries other Irish services based out of Rosslare will also begin next week on the routes to Roscoff, France and Bilbao, Spain. Above seen last season is flagship Pont-Aven departing the Port of Cork with Cobh in the background.
Operator Brittany Ferries have confirmed that passengers will be able to travel to France from Cork via the high seas from (next) Monday, 29 June. The ferry service, writes CorkBeo.ie, will be running a limited service of five ships over the…
CGI image: The constract for Brittany Ferries newbuild LNG powered cruiseferry Honfleur has been confirmed as cancelled with the same German shipyard that ICG (owners of Irish Ferries) recently cancelled an order from for a second newbuild ferry based on the design of W.B. Yeats.
Operator Brittany Ferries and Somanor confirm the termination of the Honfleur shipbuilding contract. The ferry company and Somanor confirmed the termination, on 17th June 2020, of the shipbuilding contract for Honfleur, a ferry powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Somanor…
Passengers of Brittany Ferries are concerned about being offered vouchers instead of refunds for cancelled sailings. AFLOAT adds the flagship Pont-Aven is seen last season within Cork Harbour when bound for Roscoff, France
Holidaymakers of Brittany Ferries have expressed concern at the way the company is managing summer bookings. The ferry operator says it is working on the basis that Irish holidaymakers may be in a position to travel to France as early…
Brittany Ferries have been forced to 'cease' all services for the time being, across their route network including Ireland-France/Spain due to Covid-19 advise from governments among them Ireland. Above flagship Pont-Aven which otherwise operates the seasonal Cork-Roscoff route is seen last year arriving in Cork Harbour where on the left is Cobh Cruise Terminal (see blue pontoon) on to the right is the Irish Naval Service Base on Haulbowline Island.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and following advice given by governments in all countries in which Brittany Ferries operate the company have been forced to temporarily suspend passenger services connecting the UK, Ireland, France and Spain. All passenger sailings between…
Due to COVID-19 there is further widespread travel disruption and cancellations with changes to Brittany Ferries schedules on Ireland-France and Ireland-Spain routes and notably that the new Rosslare-Roscoff route will not open on 23 March, which Irish Ferries withdrew the seasonal service last year. AFLOAT also adds the ropax ferry Kerry berthed at Rosslare Europort for the first time (as when seen last month) prior to its maiden voyage to Spain and from the ferry returned this afternoon to the Wexford port with the last 'passengers' to use the service before it becomes freight-only.
There is further suspension of Brittany Ferries passenger services as a consequence of the on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis which Afloat adds the French ferry operator has posted on its website, so click for updates.  According to Brittany Ferries this is in…
COVID-19 has led to immediate changes for Brittany Ferries Ireland services to France and Spain as detailed below. Above the ropax ferry Kerry berthed on first day of arrival in Rosslare Europort from where the chartered ferry last month made its maiden voyage to Bilbao, northern Spain..
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries has outlined a series of immediate changes to its schedules, in response to the on-going Coronavirus crisis. On 12 March, the French government announced steps to protect its citizens. According to the company employing all-French crew,…
Brittany Ferries Group Freight Director, Simon Wagstaff; Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort; and Minister Paul Kehoe TD pictured this morning at the Co. Wexford ferryport. AFLOAT adds the ropax ferry Kerry berthed at the harbour's outer pier prior to departing today on the new Ireland-Spain route's ship's maiden sailing bound for Bilbao, northern Spain.
Brittany Ferries ropax ferry Kerry which completed a repositioning voyage to Rosslare Europort earlier today has since departed having embarked on an inaugural direct sailing to Bilbao in northern Spain. First Rosslare to Bilbao sailing today, Friday, 28th February First…
Kerry the ropax which currently serves on the Ireland-Spain route Cork-Santander is to cease as announced by French operator Brittany Ferries however a new service starting next month will be maintained between the countries but running between Rosslare Europort and Bilbao
In an announcement Brittany Ferries is to move its Ireland/Spain sailings from Cork to Rosslare Europort, with the first sailing due to take place on 28 February. The new Spanish arrival port from Rosslare will be Bilbao as Afloat also…
Rosslare Europort
Rosslare Europort has welcomed the announcement by Brittany Ferries that it is to launch its new Rosslare Europort to Bilbao twice-weekly service from 28th February 2020. In addition, the French-owned shipping line will also operate a weekly Rosslare to Roscoff…
Brittany Ferries ferry Kerry passes Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour
The Port of Cork have been informed by Brittany Ferries that the weekly Ro-Pax ferry service from Cork to Santander which includes a midweek Roscoff sailing is to cease operating. In a statement, the Port said: 'This surprising decision by…
Single Use Plastic: Brittany Ferries is in a drive to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single use plastics on board its fleet of ferries including AFLOAT adds the ropax Kerry launched recently onto the year-round Cork-Santander service.
French operator, Brittany Ferries is realising the benefits of its drive to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single use plastics on board its fleet of ferries by purging almost 5.7 million items of plastic per year. The operator…
Channel Islands operator Condor Ferries has been sold to an investment consortium involving Brittany Ferries, ending months of speculation. The French ferry operator reports ITV News, have acquired a 25% stake alongside new majority owner, Columbia Threadneedle Investments. The current owners,…
Replacing the ropax Connemara is the 1,000 passenger capacity Kerry (above), the latest addition to Brittany Ferries fleet. AFLOAT adds the 2,040 vehicle lane metre capacity Kerry is operating Cork-Santander sailings, that opened in 2018 firstly using the also Italian (Visentini) built Connemara which today was welcomed to the shipping register of France.
Brittany Ferries’ Connemara has been welcomed today to the shipping register of France, creating jobs for French seafarers and bringing to 11 the number of ships of the fleet sailing under the red, white and blue of the tricolour. Afloat…

About Brittany Ferries

In 1967 a farmer from Finistère in Brittany, Alexis Gourvennec, succeeded in bringing together a variety of organisations from the region to embark on an ambitious project: the aim was to open up the region, to improve its infrastructure and to enrich its people by turning to traditional partners such as Ireland and the UK. In 1972 BAI (Brittany-England-Ireland) was born.

The first cross-Channel link was inaugurated in January 1973, when a converted Israeli tank-carrier called Kerisnel left the port of Roscoff for Plymouth carrying trucks loaded with Breton vegetables such as cauliflowers and artichokes. The story, therefore, begins on 2 January 1973, 24 hours after Great Britain's entry into the Common Market (EEC).

From these humble beginnings however, Brittany Ferries as the company was re-named quickly opened up to passenger transport, then became a tour operator.

Today, Brittany Ferries has established itself as the national leader in French maritime transport: an atypical leader, under private ownership, still owned by a Breton agricultural cooperative.

Eighty five percent of the company’s passengers are British.

Key Brittany Ferries figures:

  • Turnover: €202.4 million (compared with €469m in 2019)
  • Investment in three new ships, Galicia plus two new vessels powered by cleaner LNG (liquefied natural gas) arriving in 2022 and 2023
  • Employment: 2,474 seafarers and shore staff (average high/low season)
  • Passengers: 752,102 in 2020 (compared with 2,498,354 in 2019)
  • Freight: 160,377 in 2020 (compared with 201,554 in 2019)
  • Twelve ships operating services that connect France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain (non-Covid year) across 14 routes
  • Twelve ports in total: Bilbao, Santander, Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Cork, Rosslare, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Saint-Malo, Roscoff
  • Tourism in Europe: 231,000 unique visitors, staying 2.6 million bed-nights in France in 2020 (compared with 857,000 unique visitors, staying 8,7 million bed-nights in 2019).

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