Connemara ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Connemara ferry
|Year built||2007 / Age : 13|
|Builder||Cantiere Navale Visentini (Porto Viro / Venice, Italy)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Cork-Roscoff, Portsmouth-Le Havre|
|Owner||Stena AB Group (via Stena RoRo)|
|Speed||24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph|
|Length (LOA)||186 m / 610 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||27414 gt|
|Former names||Asterion, Borja, Baltic Amber, Norman Asturias, Stena Ausonia|
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Review of Connemara ferry
MS Connemara ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel operated by the French company BRITTANY FERRIES. The ship has a max capacity of 762 passengers and 195 cars plus 130 trucks (trailers). The vessel was launched in 2007 and currently operates on the Ireland-France ferry route Cork-Roscoff (crossing time 14 hours). Since January 2020, the cruise ship also operates on the England-France route Portsmouth-Le Havre (crossing time 5,5 days / 8 overnights).
As cruise ferry, Connemara has 120 cabins with a total of 424 berths. All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. The ship additionally has 36 reclining seats (available for pre-booking only on Cork-Roscoff crossings). One stateroom is wheelchair-accessible (adapted for passengers with disabilities).
The ship's staterooms are in the following categories:
- 44x 4-bed Outside Cabin
- 8x 4-bed Outside ("pet-friendly") Cabin
- 66x 4-bed Inside (Cabin
- 5x 4-bed Inside ("pet-friendly") Cabin
- 1x Wheelchair-accessible (handicap) Cabin
- Also available are reserved lounge seats (36) and cots (10).
- All cabins are furnished with 2 lower single beds (fixed), 2 upper bunk beds (wall-mounted Pullman beds), small writing table with chair, bedside reading lamps and power sockets.
All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
As facilities, the Connemara ship offers:
- (deck 6) Self-service/buffet restaurant (hot and cold meals)
- (deck 5) Le Cafe / Bar (sandwiches, cakes, pastries, hot/cold drinks, flat TVs)
- (deck 5) Reserved Seating Lounge (with reclining / Pullman seats)
- (deck 5) The shop sells gifts and souvenirs, alcohol (liquors, wines), tobaccos, perfumes and cosmetics, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, leather goods, clothing, electronics and gadgets, toys, confectionery.
- (deck 5) free Wi-Fi, ATM/cash machine (next to Information Desk / Reception), disabled toilets
- The ship has 3 stairways (accessing all decks) and 1 escalator (connecting decks 3-4-5).
- (deck 8) Sun Deck (outdoor area) doubles as Helideck (helipad) - helicopter landing platform used in cases of 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.
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The company offers regularly scheduled ferry services between England and France (travel time on cruise ferries 3-4 hours) and between France and Spain (travel time 20-36 hours). The high-speed UK-France service allows the ships to successfully target the UK's "mini cruise" and holiday travel markets.
As on cruise vessels, all BRITTANY FERRIES ships offer passenger cabins with modern amenities, individually controlled air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Cruise accommodations range from 2-bed "Inside Cabin" to "Commodore Suite" (with in-cabin dining / Afternoon Tea and Breakfast service). Some suites are with private balconies.
Onboard food is predominantly French cuisine and prepared by French chefs. All ships have a la carte priced restaurants, self-service cafeteria, selection of bars, live entertainment (singers, magicians, pantomimes for kids), at least one cinema, casino, arcade room, Bureau de Change, baby changing rooms, disabled toilets, Sun Deck areas, free of charge Wi-Fi.
Cruise ferries on France-Spain routes have swimming pools (open during summer months only), as well as kids' play areas with supervised activities (during holidays only). Spa treatment rooms on Spain-France cruise ferries offer facials (from ProCare), massages (by certified masseuses), modern massage chairs, pedicure and manicure services (OPI nail varnishes), treatments using skincare products by the French brand "Filorga Professional".
Ships' boutique shops sell at discount prices tobacco and alcohol (budget and premium wines and spirits), as well as luxury brand perfumes and cosmetics, designer jewelry, watches, sunglasses, souvenirs, toys.
Fun fact is that BRITTANY FERRIES serve annually around 22 tons of langoustines (Norway lobster), 15 tons of smoked salmon, 260 tons of meat, 240,000 English breakfasts, 333,000 liters of beer. By onboard sold perfumes, the company is ranked France's 3rd largest perfume retailer.
- Ferry fares are based on departure dates, routes and time (season).
- GBP 35 deposit is required to secure bookings during the peak summer season.
- Summer prices are usually higher. Same goes for the weekends and overnight crossings.
- Departures in the mornings, afternoons and overnights are offered throughout the whole year.
- Overnight France-Spain crossings are 7 in a week.
- Mix and match route deals are also available.
Follows the list of all BRITTANY FERRIES routes with crossing times and frequencies.
- Portsmouth-Caen (6 hours) - 3 daily
- Portsmouth-St Malo (11 hours / overnight) - daily
- Portsmouth-Cherbourg (3 hours) - 10 return (in the period late April - early September)
- Portsmouth-Santander Spain (24 hours / overnight) - 3 crossings weekly
- Portsmouth-Bilbao Spain (24-36 hours) - 2 crossings weekly
- Portsmouth-Le Havre (5 hours 30 min) - daily return crossings
- Poole-Cherbourg (4 hours 15 min) - daily return
- Plymouth-Roscoff (6 hours) 2 return
- Plymouth-Santander Spain (20 hours) - direct weekly crossings
- Cork Ireland-Roscoff (14 hours) - weekly, return crossings in the period April-November)
- Cork-Santander (26,5 hours) - 2 weekly return crossings
The ferry has 4 garage decks (for cars and trucks). Car decks 1, 2 and are accessible via stairs (forward). Car decks 3, 4 and 5 are connected via stairs and an escalator (aft). Aft on Deck 5 is located Open Air Garage Deck (with Disabled Access), Car Ramp (down to deck 4) and stairs from garage decks 3 and 4. The covered passenger gangway allows access to decks 5, 6 and 7. All car decks are not accessible during crossings.
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (deck 5, 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 lounges is 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 ship operator 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, Connemara, Etretat, Honfleur, Mont St Michel, Normandie, Pont Aven, Galicia, Salamanca.
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The vessel is a passenger and freight ferry owned by STENA LINE and since 2018 chartered by BRITTANY FERRIES for operations in Celtic Sea and Bay of Biscay. In the period 2007-2010 (as "Borja") the ship was chartered by BALEARIA. In 2010-2011 (as "Baltic Amber") it was chartered by DFDS SEAWAYS. In 2011-2016 (as "Norman Asturias") it was chartered by LD Lines, Inter Shipping and AVE Lines. In 2016-2018 (as "Asterion") it was chartered by ANEK Lines.
The vessel was ordered by Visemar Trasporti and chartered (while under construction) by STENA LINE under the name "Stena Ausonia". However, Stena re-chartered it to BALEARIA for the route Barcelona-Palma de Mallorca. Its inaugural cruise (maiden crossing) was on May 20, 2007.
In June 2010, under the AVE Lines charter, Baltic Amber was deployed on the Germany-Latvia route Travemunde-Riga. In October 2010, it was chartered by DFDS Seaways for the Germany-Lithuania route Kiel-Klaipeda.
In June 2011, Norman Asturias was chartered by LD Lines for the France-Tunisia route Marseille-Tunis but soon redeployed on the St Nazaire-Gijon route. In November 2013 was deployed on the UK-Spain route Poole-Santander. The weekly service UK-France (Poole-Gijon) was started in February 2014
On January 16, 2018, BRITTANY FERRIES chartered Norman Asturias for the new twice-weekly service Cork-Santander - first-ever Ireland to Spain direct ferry link. Alternatively, the ship serves the Ireland-France route Cork-Roscoff.
Connemara ferry charter was for 2 years (2018-2020). Ship's inaugural cruise for BRITTANY FERRIES (maiden crossing Santander-Cork) was on May 6, 2018. The maiden crossing Cork-Santander was on May 9. Departures from Spain were at 12-noon. Departures from Ireland were at 11 am. The Cork-Santander line (crossing time ~26 hours, 2 weekly return-crossings) was terminated in January 2020 as "financially unviable due to lack of use". Company's customers prefered the alternative Ireland-Spain route Rosslare-Bilbao.
On November 6, 2019, the vessel (BRITTANY's 11th) was reflagged from Cyprus (MMSI 209236000) to France (MMSI tba). The first French-flagged crossing was scheduled for November 13 (Santander to Portsmouth)
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