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Normandie Express

Operated by Brittany Ferries on the Portsmouth Caen & Portsmouth Cherbourg routes

Normandie Express is a high-speed catamaran capable of carrying passengers, vehicles and freight at a maximum speed of 42 Knots (about 78 kilometres per hour). On board you have space to relax and freedom to walk around this High Speed Ferry. For the short channel crossing you'll find comfortable seating, bars, café and a boutique making it an enjoyable experience.

Onboard Cabins / Reserved Seating

There are no cabins or reserved seats on this ship. Complimentary reclining seats are however included in your ticket offering a comfortable and relaxing environment with each seat having a fold-up tray.

Onboard Food and Drink

On board the Normandie Express you will find two bars and a café, serving sandwiches, salads, pastries, snacks, cold drinks, teas and coffees. There is comfortable seating and tables in an area dedicated to the café. The bars serve a range of drinks from fine French wines to continental lagers and cocktails.

The bars and café offer ample seating with great views, and are the perfect place in which to relax and enjoy time with your friends and fellow passengers as you speed across the channel.

Onboard Shopping

Perfect for gifts, souvenirs, or just a treat for yourself, the shop offers a range of spirits, wine, tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics, leather goods, confectionery, toys, fashion, decoration, souvenirs, newspapers, games, cameras, sunglasses, jewellery and much more! All are at great prices, and certainly worth a browse.

Purchases made on board may be paid for in Euros or Sterling. Payment can be made in cash, by credit or debit card, or by cheque. Prices are shown in both currencies and you can combine different payment methods.

Additional Onboard Facilities

Additional facilities include an open sun deck, slot machines, baby changing room, tourist information and a Bureau de Change.

Travelling with children

The Normandie Express features a children's play area.

Accessibility

Passengers with limited mobility will find the facilities and access more challenging to negotiate because of the size and design of this vessel.

Please note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Normandie Express guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.

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Onboard Normandie Express

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Normandie Express Reviews

4.0
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97% of our customers recommended this ship

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  • Catering:3.3
  • Punctuality:4.3
  • Cleanliness:4.1
  • "Such a civilised way to travel!"

    I will never get tired of this crossing between Cherbourg and Portsmouth. It's so comfortable, much faster than you can imagine and we always get looked after so well by friendly and helpful crew. There is no better arrival in Britain or France, than these long entries into fascinating, historic harbours. Long may it continue!

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    Reviewed 15 September 2014 by Gwenllian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Foot passenger."

    We were fortunately delivered to the ferry by a cousin in their car. It was a little difficult to determine where we were to go as most signs that we saw were for car travellers. When we did find where we were to go we had very friendly service from everyone we encountered. A shuttle bus took us out to the ferry and boarding was easy. Comfortable seats all the way, plenty to eat and drink if you wanted it. All in all a good experience.

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    Reviewed 10 September 2014 by Bruce who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Efficient and Pleasant Crossing"

    We sailed from Portsmouth to Le Harvre and back a week later in late August. On the way out we were on the Etretat which is Brittany Ferries 'budget' sailing; and on the way back it was the fast ferry - Normandie Express. I was a bit concerned about the fact the it was supposed to be a budget sailing, but in the end there wasn't any need to worry. The seating was comfortable and it didn't feel overcrowded, despite the car deck being full. There was a small cinema which was extra, but we put the kids in there to watch the film which seemed a cost-effective way of relieving the boredom of a long trip. Only a couple of small points - the car deck is open to the elements and our car was salt-encrusted at the end, and the family thought the food from the cafe was just OK (e.g. overcooked chips), but overall the time seemed to pass very quickly. On the way back the ferry actually left 10 minutes early despite being full - I think that must be a first for me! Again, plenty of room aboard and it didn't feel overcrowded. No queues at the bar but we didn't try the food (the sea was a bit rough!), but overall very pleasant and efficient.

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    Reviewed 04 September 2014 by James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Successful ferry journey"

    Efficient process relaxing journey

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    Reviewed 31 August 2014 by John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Quick and efficient"

    A speedy service. It lacks the feeling of excitement you get on a ferry boat, of starting the holiday with a little cruise, and the catering is merely ok. More like a train journey. But it gets you there quickly, in good time, left very punctually. Staff were good humoured and pleasant.

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    Reviewed 30 August 2014 by Kim who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Cherbourg/Portsmouth"

    I was a foot passenger and was satisfied with the service provided on rthe ferries. The only curious thing to mention was - the use of a bus to transport foot passengers to the Portsmouth terminal when in fact it was not far at all - in Cherbourg, on arrival, we were bussed a lot further East of the dock, away from the town so had to walk a significant extra distance with luggage to the town centre for my next connection. Regards

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    Reviewed 29 August 2014 by John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Portsmouth-Cherbourg route"

    I must say I preferred the ferries, even if the catamarans are quicker. You don't get the feeling of having been on a sea crossing, which is a loss. Also, the catering is poor, and very expensive. Can't you use the old boats again for the Portsmouth - Cherbourg route? Things like cleanliness and punctuality (even in bad weather) seem to be good.

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    Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "The staff make the effort"

    Lovely bar staff, smartly turned out and great to speak with. Microwave Italian food was very poor taste and value.

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    Reviewed 28 August 2014 by Nicholas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Worst Ferry Ride Ever"

    Apparently the boat was defective before we even set out, I'm told it had a broken stabilizer and one of the engines wasn't working. I think I can speak for everyone aboard when I say this was the worst experience of all of our collective lives. And I've been bedside on multiple occasions to watch people that I love die. The boat rocked violently for the entirety of the 4+ hour ride. We all thought it was going to capsize and, to be honest, there were plenty of times that I wished it would've. At least the English Channel wouldn't be completely covered in vomit like the boat was. I would compare the experience "Titanic" but there wasn't nearly enough puking in that movie for it to accurately capture what we went through. The staff, who I genuinely sympathize with, had to slide through the cabin (often falling over in the process) disposing of used vomit bags and replacing them with new ones. Even still, they couldn't keep up and the floor was covered in vomit, blood, and broken glass. At one point they asked any doctors or nurses to come to the back of the boat. I never found out what that was about, but I have to just assume that someone, or multiple people, died of either cardiac arrest, choking on vomit, or suicide. After the "ride" mercifully came to an end no apology was given, nor was an offer for a refund or even a voucher...not that anyone aboard would dare use Brittany Ferries again. No one, under any circumstances, should ever use Brittany Ferries again. If there's a hell for ferry companies, I look forward to Brittany Ferries riding the Normandie Express all the way there.

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    Reviewed 25 August 2014 by Greg who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Good service"

    Well we did not end up going to Portsmouth. We were notified by text on the morning of the trip that our ferry would be delayed by at least 90 minutes. Anyway, as we were nearby we went to Cherbourg to see if we could get an earlier ferry. Thankfully they put us on an earlier ferry to Poole. not ideal, but appreciate it was the best they could do. Also, the ferry left at 5pm and we boarded the ferry at 4.55pm so thankful that they got us a=on at late notice. Only gripe with the actual ferry was that on departure the toilets were dirty.

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    Reviewed 24 August 2014 by Nicholas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "travelling with Brittany Ferries"

    We sailed on the Etretat out to France, and the Normandie Express home, both daytime crossings Portsmouth/Le Havre. Excellent service, everything very clear, and clean. The staff were lovely, catering was good both ways. We had delicious crevettes as a proper lunch on the way out, with wine... and a lighter salad lunch in our seats on the return - because I was very happy sitting in the chairs right by the bow-windows for a great view! I don't remember the drive on and off being so fast before, so I was impressed.

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    Reviewed 21 August 2014 by Gabrielle who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Portsmouth to Cherboutg"

    I am very happy to say how well I was treated on this trip in July (2014). It's the first time I've travelled without a car and was unfamiliar with the normal protocols for foot passengers. I was helped at every level, both going and returning; at the ports and on board ship. Thank you very much.

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    Reviewed 11 August 2014 by Jennifer who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Trip to Cherbourg on Brittany Ferries"

    We had a good trip. The boat was clean and the service ran on time. Thanks for a good crossing.

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    Reviewed 04 August 2014 by Jacqui who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Newhaven to Dieppe - Côte d'Albâtre"

    Very comfortable ship, efficiently run. Staff were polite and helpful and everything ran smoothly and on time. Just one small niggle - all the bars closed for several hours in the night (this was the night-time crossing) and it would have helped to have had somewhere to buy a bottle of water perhaps. Other than that - no complaints.

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    Reviewed 31 July 2014 by Richard who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "experience"

    Lack of choice of food, poor quality, nothing ' french' all 'english' style and quality.

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    Reviewed 26 July 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Commodore class :)"

    We have without knowing commodore class and it was a really pleasant trip. On time, punctual and easy. The ferry station in Portsmouth is really new clean.

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    Reviewed 21 July 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Cherbourg - Portsmouth on Normandie express"

    This was a very comfortable and pleasant trip, helped no doubt by the calm sea. The boat is superbly designed and fitted out with excellent amenities on board.It is a route I will use again.

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    Reviewed 15 July 2014 by David who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Family vacation"

    Portsmouth to Cherbourg on June 21, 2014. Easy to book passage via internet. Luxurious accomodations on board. Good selection of dining choices. Brittany ferries' employees, both at Portsmouth and on board were very polite and helpful. It was a smooth crossing and relaxing voyage. I highly recommend Directferries.co.uk Should be 5 stars.

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    Reviewed 13 July 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Quick & Friendly"

    We had scheduled to take the ferry at 6 p.m. on Saturday 21st of June. Due to the strike of the French railway workers we arrived only one day later in Dieppe. The friendly staff changed our bookings without any problems and without additional costs! The crossing to Newhaven was convenient. The only wormwood: the TV life from the world cup in Brazil worked only once in a while (there is maybe a technical reason behind).

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    Reviewed 11 July 2014 by Klaus who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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  • "Good speedy ship"

    Left on time arrived early an excellent crossing

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    Reviewed 04 July 2014 by Rodney who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express

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