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.
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.
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.
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 facilities include an open sun deck, slot machines, baby changing room, tourist information and a Bureau de Change.
The Normandie Express features a children's play area.
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.
99% of our customers recommended this ship
Fast check in and helpfull personnel.
Reviewed 28 August 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"My Experience of the Service"
I was pleased. My booking was handled well and the vessel itself was modern, clean and departed on time from both Portsmouth and Cherbourg, completing the journeys very accurately in the times predicted. Due to a mechanical failure with my car I was forced to postpone my return journey twice, because the repair took longer than initially thought. The booking changes were expensive, but I was given a concessionary rate for the second postponement because of the nature of the reason for the change, for which I was very grateful. i would have no hesitation in using the service again as the need arises.
Reviewed 25 August 2016 by Anthony Ferrige who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Good experience. Punctual outward & inward crossings. Cars packed very tight but generally acceptable arrangements. Rather limited choice of snacks & sandwiches though reasonably priced.
Reviewed 19 August 2016 by John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Just as it says it is!"
I was travelling for the first time with my young son in an unfamiliar place and have to say that the ferry crossing was the least stressful part of the whole trip. The service was exactly as it sells itself to be; uncomplicated and efficient. I would definitely travel this crossing and this provider in preference to others now.
Reviewed 18 August 2016 by Tanya who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Normandie Express review"
Our crossing was fantastic - great service, great staff, great ferry! If there was anything that could be improved, I would suggest more facilities for younger children as they are often difficult to entertain! I appreciate there is little space on board the ferry so this request might be challenging!
Reviewed 18 August 2016 by Victoria Goodman who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"A pleasant way to start your holiday"
Highly recommended, very pleasant and smiling staff. One thing I would improve is the internet which I've never actually managed to get on board.
Reviewed 17 August 2016 by Timothy who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Simple and efficient service "
Brittany ferries offer a good service out of Portsmouth. Easy to find and quick to get through check-in/loading. Only thing with that is you end up with an hr on the boat before it moves which is only an issue because people tend to grab their seats. Overall the service was ok time the facilities on the boat are okay - for kids they run movies for example. Food is as you would expect. Overall I would recommend and would def use again. Much easier than Calais option etc,
Reviewed 14 August 2016 by Margaret who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
We normally us the tunnel this was every bit as efficient and much more relaxing
Reviewed 12 August 2016 by Martin who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Portsmouth to Cherbourg"
A very good convenient service. A quick enjoyable crossing.
Reviewed 07 August 2016 by Derek who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Quick Crossing Nice Ferry....."
I enjoyed a quick jump from Cherbourg to Portsmouth this July. The boarding was quick and simple, the terminal was very quiet and to be honest there isn't much there, but thats not an issue as all you need is a quick coffee if you are early. The fast ferry was great, nice sandwich, film for the kids and only 3 hours.
Reviewed 05 August 2016 by Simon who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Normandy Trip 2016"
We sailed on Brittany Ferries Normandie Express crossing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and had a great experience. All the staff were really helpful, the crossing extremely fast and we would thoroughly recommend.
Reviewed 03 August 2016 by Malcolm who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
We were very happy with the whole process. Non-formal and uncomplicated as always!
Reviewed 02 August 2016 by Thomas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
It was all very easy and efficient. From booking online - to driving off in Cherbourg. Food was OK but I would have preferred a bit more choice. However, we weren't on the ferry very long so it was no big deal.
Reviewed 01 August 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Everything was perfect, excellent crew, excellent ship, from a to z everything was excellent
Reviewed 31 July 2016 by Mario who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Staff were exceptionally courteous, boat was very clean and facilities provided great for the short crossing. The welcome by the staff as we parked on the boat was particularly lovely after a long days drive. We would definitely travel with Brittany Ferries again, and it was all topped by great value for money!
Reviewed 28 July 2016 by Jenefer who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Phew, made it!"
All went like Swiss clockwork. The only somewhat negative point was a lot of uncontrolled or noisy children, but thats hardly the fault of the ferry line. But perhaps an adults only area of reclining chairs?? Thankyou to staff we phoned that let us on at the very last minute!
Reviewed 24 July 2016 by Steven who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I found my trip with Direct Ferries a very pleasant one overall. Staff were all friendly and cheerful and helpful. The only down side I thought was that when we were parked on board we were extremely close to the next car in front of us (I understand that space is of a premium) but by doing this people were actually damaging our car by climbing across the front of it with their bags trailing across the bonnet of the car scratching it. Apart from that our trip was a most enjoyable one and I would definitely travel this way again.
Reviewed 21 July 2016 by Linda who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
we enjoyed our crossing it was fast and efficient
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Derek Arthur who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"A Quick Crossing "
Not been across the channel by ship for years . How things have changed . Never travelled by sea so quickly and in comfort . Facilities were very good, even a tv show for the kids . Will have no problem in using Brittany Ferries again.
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Geoffrey who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Had a good crossing (3 hours) Portsmouth to Cherbourg, and back, even though the sea was a little rough on the return. Motorhome drivers should be aware that they may (perhaps it is always) have to reverse up the ramp into position on the ferry - means first off at the other side. Plenty of staff around to give instructions. I would use this service again.
Reviewed 08 July 2016 by Frank who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express