More than just a ferry ... with the fastest crossing too!

Brittany Ferries' luxury cruise ferry, the £100m Pont-Aven, entered service on the Plymouth to Santander route on March 24, 2004, setting new standards in ferry travel.

Cruising on the Pont-Aven is like taking a holiday in itself, and it has dramatically improved sailing times to Spain and France. Crossing time from Plymouth to Santander is 20½ hours while Portsmouth to Santander is 24 hours and sailing times between Plymouth, Roscoff and Cork have also been reduced.

image The largest in Brittany Ferries’ fleet, the 41,000-ton vessel can carry 2,400 passengers and 650 cars. It boasts stunning features including a superb pool and leisure area, a wrap around promenade for pleasant deck strolls, a dramatic five deck high atrium with panoramic views from the lifts, and outstanding accommodation.

Crossing schedules allow travellers to enjoy dinner on board as they sail from British shores and wake up to a leisurely breakfast as she slides effortlessly into Spain.

The ship also operates on the Plymouth-Roscoff route, giving an improved journey time of just four hours for speedy entry to the gateway of Brittany.

This stylish vessel is the first northern European car ferry with facilities that would usually only be found on cruise ships. She boasts an open deck pool with retractable glass roof, with surrounding leisure facilities that offer the perfect relaxation zone that, come rain or shine, will ensure you begin your holiday as soon you step on board.

Other on board features include a range of scrumptious dining opportunities in elegant a la carte restaurants, bistros and tea rooms, a central atrium with panoramic lifts, stylish shopping malls, cocktail and cabaret bars, two cinemas and a special leisure area for younger clientele too.

Pont-Aven’s superbly appointed cabin accommodation sets new levels of comfort and style. All 650 cabins match any good hotel and are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities. Four classes of cabin are available: Standard, Club Class, De Luxe and Commodore.

All, apart from standard cabins, have a flat screen TV and comfortable seating. The luxurious Commodore cabins feature wide patio doors that lead directly onto you own private balcony. The Pont-Aven decor reflects the artistic influences made famous by the distinguished French school of painters bearing the same name.

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Vital Statistics

Operator: Brittany Ferries
Launched: 2004
Builders: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Gross tonnage: 41,700
Passengers: 2,400
Crew: 183
Cars: 650
Truck:s 80
Cabins: 652 including

  • Commodore Class
  • Deluxe Cabins
  • Club 4 cabins
  • Four Berth cabins (with and without porthole)
  • Two Berth cabins (with and without porthole)
  • Cots
  • Reclining Seats: 47
    Length: 606ft
    Width: 101ft
    Service Speed: 27 knots


    Main restaurant (Le Flora), Self Service (La Belle Angele), Cafe (Le Café du Festival), Main Bar (Le Grand Pavois), Piano & Cocktail Bar (Le Fastnet), Pool Bar (Les Finisteres Pool Bar), two cinemas, Video Games Room, Live band, DJ, cabaret & pianist,, Children’s Entertainment Programme (seasonal) Pool and leisure area and Mezzanine, Wrap-around promenade deck, Wi-Fi Internet Access, Bureau de Change

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