Bretagne ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Bretagne ferry
|Year built||1989 / Age : 28|
|Builder||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)|
|Class||cruise ferry (Ro-Ro ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Portsmouth-Saint Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff|
|Building cost||EUR 60 million|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||153 m / 502 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||24534 gt|
|Decks with cabins||4|
Review of Bretagne ferry
MV Bretagne ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel operated by the French company BRITTANY FERRIES. The ship has max capacity of 1980 passengers and 580 vehicles. The vessel was launched in 1989 and currently operates on the UK-France ferry routes Portsmouth-Saint-Malo-Portsmouth (crossing time 11 overnights, 8 days) and Plymouth-Roscoff-Plymouth (winter months only, crossing time 6 hours).
As cruiseferry, Bretagne has a total of 359 cabins, all of which are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms.The ferry company provides bed linens, towels and toiletries. The ship additionally has 454 reclining seats. Some staterooms are wheelchair-accessible (adapted for disabled passengers).
The ship's staterooms as categories (numbers) are 4-berth Outside (37), 4-berth Outside "Club" (49), 4-berth Inside (108), 3-berth "Commodore" (16), 2-berth Outside (14), 2-berth Inside (127), wheelchair-accessible (8). Also available are reserved lounge seats (319) and cots (15).
All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.
As facilities, the Bretagne ship offers:
- Les Abers (main / a la carte restaurant on deck 7, open kitchen, buffet, French wines)
- La Baule (self-service / buffet restaurant on deck 7, hot and cold meals)
- La Gerbe de Locronan Cafe (on deck 8 - sandwiches, cakes, pastries, hot / cold drinks, flat TVs)
- Gwenn Ha Du (main lounge bar on Deck 8 - French wines, cocktails, hot and cold drinks, snacks)
- Yacht Club (piano bar on deck 7 - fine French wines, cocktails, cold / hot drinks, flat TVs)
- 2 cinemas (both on deck 5) - tickets can be purchased from Information Desk
- Kids Playroom (deck 8 - children entertainment program is available during peak season)
- Games Planet (Video Games Room on deck 9)
- Baby changing rooms (decks 7, 8), complimentary Baggage Room (deck 6)
- Chance Planet (deck 8, casino / gambling lounge with slot machines)
- 2 Reserved Seating Lounges (decks 8, 9) with with reclining / Pullman seats
- plenty of sundeck / outdoor space
- Les Boutiques (shops on decks 6, 7 - gifts, souvenirs, spirits, wines, tobaccos, perfumes, cosmetics, leather goods, toys, confectionery, clothing, cameras, sunglasses, jewelry), shopping promotions
- free Wi-Fi, ATM / cash machine (deck 6, next to Information Desk / Reception)
- disabled toilets (decks 6, 7, 8)
- The ship has 2 elevators (passenger lifts) accessing all decks. Aft on deck 9 (in the sundeck area) there is a helipad used in cases of medical emergency.
All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In case of emergency, the use of elevators / passenger lifts is forbidden.
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specificassistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (deck 6, open 24-hours).
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number / stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger loungesis forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The shipowner Brittany Ferries (founded in 1972, headquartered in Roscoff France) is a French ferry company operating on the shipping routes France-UK and France-Spain. Brittany Ferries current fleet includes the ships Armorique, Baie de Seine, Barfleur, Bretagne, Cap Finistere, Etretat, Honfleur, Mont St Michel, Normandie, Pont Aven.