" Le Havre to Portsmouth & return"
Reviewed 28 July 2014 by Robert
One of the best cross-channel ferry experiences we have had in a number of years. From the moment of boarding we found the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Despite a late departure from Portsmouth on the return journey we arrived at Le Havre on schedule.
'Robert' travelled Le Havre Portsmouth with DFDS Seaways on Seven Sisters
"Very good service overall"
Reviewed 28 July 2014 by Benjamin
We had a very pleasant trip with DFDS. All staff was very nice, boat was perfectly on time. Even the restaurant staff was super nice and food was good ! We had a cat with us and we really appreciated how everybody dealt with it nicely. We had a cabin, very clean and useful. I strongly recommended as it made the crossing much smoother and pleasant.
'Benjamin' travelled Le Havre Portsmouth with DFDS Seaways on Norman Voyager
"Relaxed sail from Le Havre to Portsmouth"
Reviewed 19 July 2014 by Anonymous
The sailing from Le. Havre to Portsmouth is five and a half hours but the time passed quite quickly. We shopped for wine in the duty free, sat in very comfy seats and read or watched TV and had a meal. All in all it saved a lot of driving to Calais and was a much more civilised journey for us. We booked a simple ie not expensive hotel near Portsmouth for when we landed on Saturday night and had a leisurely drive north on Sunday. It worked really well for us and the ferry was the key to it.
'Anonymous' travelled Le Havre Portsmouth with DFDS Seaways on Norman Voyager
"le havre to portsmouth a week ago"
Reviewed 19 July 2014 by Neil
very pleasant trip and super efficient and friendly crew on the ship. great value for money to get to normandie and back! normandie a great place to visit
'Neil' travelled Le Havre Portsmouth with DFDS Seaways on Norman Voyager
|Caen - Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries - 3 Sailings Daily / 5 hour 45 minute crossing|
|Cherbourg - Poole with Brittany Ferries - 7 Sailings Weekly / 4 hour 15 minute crossing|
|Cherbourg - Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries - 7 Sailings Weekly / 3 hour crossing|
|Cherbourg - Portsmouth with Condor Ferries - 1 Sailing Weekly / 5 hour crossing|
|Dieppe - Newhaven with DFDS Seaways - 14 Sailings Weekly / 4 hour crossing|
|Roscoff - Plymouth with Brittany Ferries - 10 Sailings Weekly / 5 hour 15 minute crossing|
|St Malo - Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries - 7 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour 50 minute crossing|
|St Malo - Plymouth with Brittany Ferries - 1 Sailing Weekly / 12 hour 30 minute crossing|
|St Malo - Weymouth with Condor Ferries - 7 Sailings Weekly / 6 hour crossing|
|St Malo - Poole with Condor Ferries - 8 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour crossing|
Le Havre is a city in Normandy, northern France, at the mouth of the Seine. The city was founded in 1517, when it was named Franciscopolis after Francis I of France, and subsequently named Le Havre-de-Grâce. Le Havre simply means the harbour or the port. Its construction was ordered to replace the ancient harbours of Honfleur and Harfleur whose utility had decreased due to silting. The history of the city is inextricably linked to its harbour. In the 18th century, as trade from the West Indies was added to that of France and Europe, it began to grow. During the 19th century, it became an industrial center. Devastated in the Second World War, the ferry port has been rebuilt into a lively, bustling town that is France's largest foreign trade port, and the fifth biggest European port. It's not only a large commercial port or an industrial centre; the city also has a yachting harbour and a beach that has been awarded the Pavillon bleu label.
Britain's foremost naval station, Portsmouth occupies the bulbous peninsula of Portsea Island, on the eastern flank of a huge, easily defended harbour. The ancient Romans raised a fortress on the northernmost edge of this inlet, and a small port developed during the Norman era, but this strategic location wasn't fully exploited until Tudor times, when Henry VII established the world's first dry dock here and made Portsmouth a royal dockyard. It has flourished ever since and nowadays Portsmouth is a large industrialized city, its harbour clogged with naval frigates, ferries bound for the continent or the Isle of Wight, and swarms of dredgers and tugs.
Old Portsmouth, based around the original harbour, preserves some Georgian and a little Tudor character. East of here is Southsea , a residential suburb of terraces with a resort strewn along its shingle beach, where a mass of B&Bs face stoic naval monuments.