"Portsmouth to St Malo ferry"
Reviewed 28 June 2014 by David
Nine of us were traveling to St Malo for a holiday celebration - all a little bit apprehensive at the thought of 11 hours on the sea! (We had overnight berths) The ferry was excellent in every way - well organized, extremely clean, child friendly, plenty for the children to do. The food in the self serve cafe was extremely good, and sensibly priced. The Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend Brittany Ferries and hopefully will be using them again in the future.
'David' travelled Portsmouth St Malo with Brittany Ferries on Bretagne
Reviewed 03 June 2014 by Anne
I was very impressed with the service I received on board. Everyone was very helpful and the journey was very enjoyable.
'Anne ' travelled Portsmouth St Malo with Brittany Ferries on Bretagne
"Superb service yet again"
Reviewed 26 May 2014 by Anonymous
Superb service yet again from Direct Ferries and Britanny Ferries.
'Anonymous' travelled Portsmouth St Malo with Brittany Ferries on Bretagne
Reviewed 24 May 2014 by Graham
My wife and I loved this two way crossing on the Bretagne (got confused with Britannia sometimes) The crew are polite, efficient and welcoming, without being intrusive. We had a cabin for the night crossing (Portsmouth - St Malo) which was spotlessly clean and comfortable with simply adjustable air conditioning that worked! There are so many different facilities on this ship that you can simply find where you feel most comfortable. We especially enjoyed some time in the Piano Bar, next to the most beautiful lounge (I have a picture of that as my screen saver now). The food was excellent in the self service restaurant, our gigot of lamb being griddled on the spot. We were sorry to hear that the Bretagne is due for replacement in a few years time, we just hope many of the fine features of this craft are replicated! Even a special word for the captain who had to effect an emergency stop for an obdurate and very incorrectly skippered sailing boat that insisted upon a collision course outside St Malo on the return trip, despite proper sound signals from the Bretagne.
'Graham' travelled Portsmouth St Malo with Brittany Ferries on Bretagne
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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.
St-Malo is a port city in Brittany northern France on the English Channel. Walled and built with grey granite stone, modern St-Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by saints Aaron and Brendan early in the sixth century. In later centuries it became notorious as the home of a fierce breed of pirate-mariners, who were never quite under anybody's control but their own; for four years from 1590, St-Malo even declared itself to be an independent republic. The corsaires of St-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. Jacques Cartier, who colonized Canada, lived in and sailed from St-Malo, as did the first colonists to settle the Falklands - hence the islands' Argentinian name, Las Malvinas. Now inseparably attached to the mainland, St-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany - thanks to its superb old citadelle.