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New Ferry service from UK - Northern Spain

Tue 29th Mar 2011

Those travelling to and from Spain can enjoy a comfortable and convenient start to their trip, with the addition of a new route to Bilbao from Portsmouth International Port.

The Brittany Ferries service began on March 27th and offers a direct link from Britain's best connected cruise and ferry Port to Northern Spain. The 'Cap Finistère' has been refurbished to a high standard to commemorate this new service, where journey times are expected to take around 24 hours.

Mike Bevens, Brittany Ferries Group Passenger Commercial Director comments: "Bilbao has forged a reputation as a destination in its own right in recent years, not least due to the iconic Guggenheim Museum and Norman Foster-designed metro system. As the numbers of air travellers from the UK to Spain have declined, we've witnessed a surge in demand for direct UK Spain crossings. Our customers welcome being able to relax on a comfortable and spacious cruise-ferry and the freedom that having their own car brings."

For expats living here in Spain, and those wishing to explore further afield, Bilbao has an excellent network of motorways enabling easy access to the rest of Northern Spain.

The route operates twice a week, and complements an existing Brittany Ferries service to Santander. This is the company's first new port destination in 25 years and it means that passengers will now have the choice of four crossings a week to Northern Spain from Portsmouth International Port. Martin Putman, Port Manager, said: "We are delighted that there is now even more choice for passengers heading to Spain this year. We know that people love the convenience of starting their journey in Portsmouth. The new Brittany Ferries route combined with the Port's brand new terminal and passenger facilities should ensure a great start to any holiday."

Comment on this Story

Well, you mentioned standards!
J Turner - Wed, 16th Jan 2013
I did the Bilbao - Portsmouth run in May (with a Dog) and didn't have any complaints. In fact I was sursprised how much better the facilities were than on the Dover-Calais route. I am guessing that maybe I sailed on a new vessel, and you sailed on one of the older ones ? Either than or my standards are much lower than yours !
Mr Grumpy - Tue, 15th Jan 2013
We had the misfortune to travel recently on the Bilbao to Portsmouth run. The ship was dirty, the food expensive and choices poor. The dog kennels were certainly sub-standard. It was sad to see Brittany Ferries once high standards have slipped so badly.
J Turner - Tue, 15th Jan 2013

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