Operated by LD Lines
The Norman Asturias features a superb range of facilities including a bar, restaurant, cabins and comfortable lounges to relax in during the crossing.
You'll find a range of onboard cabin accommodation with something to suit all budgets and requirements with a mix of 2-berth outside and 4-berth inside and outside cabins. A cot is available upon request at the reception desk.
Standard style reserved seats are available if you want to travel without a cabin.
The Norman Asturias has a restaurant and a bar. The pub style bar is a great venue to start or end your trip with a range of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and tea and coffee on offer.
'Le Bistro du Norman' is the self-service restaurant and caters for all tastes in a relaxed and pleasant environment. With excellent Meal Deals, le Bistro offers value for money whatever the time of day as well as a children’s menu and vegetarian options.
The Norman Asturias onboard shop 'the Wave' offers a wide range of alcohols, tobaccos, perfumes, but also books, cameras, chocolates and many other gift ideas.
There is a cabin available for passengers with reduced mobility.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Norman Asturias 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.
95% of our customers recommended this ship
"Shame it's over"
A delightful crossing, but this route has now ended. Shame.
Reviewed 20 September 2014 by Eric who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Sorry to see it go."
Poole to Santander August 30 2014. Smooth crossing, left and arrived on time, room adequate and very friendly staff will miss the service.Terry
Reviewed 06 September 2014 by Terry who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"St Nazaire to Gijon and Gijon to Poole"
The St Nazaire to Gijon trip was fine and everything worked well for us. Very polite and helpful staff. Breakfast time could have been earlier for us. The Gijon to Poole trip was too long for us (24hrs) and the swell in the Bay of Biscay made it a rough journey which would have been more stable and comfortable in a larger boat. Sorry, but this wasn't a pleasant experience for us but we were just unlucky with the sea conditions which spoilt the trip.
Reviewed 05 September 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Santander and Poole with LD Lines"
Good service all round,even though delayed to Poole due to mechanical problems. However the crew handled the inconvenience with good professional expediency. There was no WIFI available,which really is a must these days. Consequently, personally, that was a negative for me. However the overall ambience of the voyage was in no way affected. Great meals, friendly helpful crew. Clean(spotless) cabins, together with very pleasant weather both ways.....you really can't ask for better! We have sailed with LD Lines a number of times and will gladly recommend them, although this was our first sail to and from Poole. We shall not use this particular route again as getting to and from the M4, especially in darkness, was an experience felt we could do without in future!
Reviewed 31 August 2014 by David who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
After driving for hours, we were able to relax and enjoy a good night’s rest on board. It’s like being in a hotel.
Reviewed 30 August 2014 by Michael who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Gijon to Pool"
Travelled from Portugal to Spain at the end of August to catch the ferry to pool in Dorset. The check in procedure was easy and uncomplicated. The cars go up quite a steep ramp to the top deck for parking it is advisable to wait for the car in front of you to leave the ramp before you start your ascent! Life on board for the 24 hours is a little bit boring but you can watch continuous films being played on a big screen TV and go to the restaurant bistro which serves decent food at less than airport prices and a full bottle of wine with your meal costing as little as 9 euros. There is also a bar for alcoholic beverages and they also sell fresh bean to cup coffee. The cabins are quite basic and small but clean and reasonably comfortable beds. The staff are very friendly and helpful and overall it was a good experience during the travel and certainly better than driving for another 18 hours across France and into England. When I worked out the price of what it would've cost me to drive all the way with food stops and also overnight stay in an hotel and then the price of the channel tunnel crossing it roughly worked out about £50 cheaper and was certainly less stressful. I would definitely travel with them again!
Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Michael who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Crossing Spain - England, recommendable"
Good meals. Very relaxed atmosphere. A perfect way to relax and unwind comfortably while you enjoy your trip, and enjoy the nature (dolphins). A great way to meet and talk to other passengers, including the English and Spanish.
Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Paul who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Cruising the Bay of Biscay"
As always a journey that is almost a cruise, good service and unforgettable experience
Reviewed 28 August 2014 by Jose Odilo who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
I think it's wrong that in a ship that travel between Spain and England the messages are not translated into Spanish and almost nobody speaks spanish. We ask for a pillow, since we realized in the evening that was missing in one of the berths, a person from staff who was supplying sheets answered: "Now?". We told him, he could do it as soon as he can, we told him our number cabin but he did not bring us the pillow never. One of us had to sleep with towels rolled up as a pillow. Otherwise the cabin well, punctuality good, and proper ship facilities.
Reviewed 27 August 2014 by Jose Angel who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Extremely satisfied with LD Lines"
We travelled by boat to Portugal, from Saint Nazaire in south East Brittany to Gyon in northern Spain. For the first time, we did not go by plane but decides to take our car with us to Portugal. The entire journey by car to Portugal was relaxed. This was because of this boat trip. We divided the trip and drove for a few hours then took the boat and rested for some time, a very pleasant way to travel, especially when you can spend the night on board. We arrived totally relaxed and well-rested. The stay on board was very pleasant. Hight recommendable!
Reviewed 26 August 2014 by Jan Coenraad who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
I enjoy ferries, but sadly what was advertised was not exactly what was available. As a child travelling to Ireland the ships would have a cinema, duty-free shop and lots of other facilities. On LD Lines to Gijon, the DVD room was a TV and DVD player in the corner of the lounge bar. The child area was a three-foot wide section of the bar with pens, paper and some sponge lego-shaped mats underneath a small table. The food was OVER priced - bring your own. Bar staff were often worked 24 hours whilst others seemed to be standing around whilst bins etc. needed to be emptied on the decks. The cleanliness was superb (obviously down to the army of cleaners who board the boat when it docks). The room was sufficient - simple, but clean and comfortable (bit like a budget hotel). For 25 hours, activities were very quickly exhausted - sit on deck, sit in the lounge bar (reading), eat, walk on deck, read some more,,,,,, etc. I love travelling by sea, but my fellow travelers were bored very quickly and vowed, "Never again!"
Reviewed 22 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"travel by ferry an alternative"
The cabins on this ferry are larger than others we have traveled before. Normal cleaning, overall good service, and well treated.
Reviewed 22 August 2014 by Carlos Jose who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Pleasant and quick trip"
This ferry with the car was reasonably priced and quick. The staff were extremely polite and helpful to my husband whio is disabled. We were travelling from Portugal so it is very convenient. I shall pass the information round in Porttugal because I know many of my friends will be keen to know about it. It I not well advertised in Portiugal and if it was many people would use it. It is a much smaller ship that the other ships which ferry in the area and therefore does not have so many facilities but quite adequate for 24 hr trip.
Reviewed 20 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Very good service"
Very pleased with our trip from Poole to Santander. Cabins clean and comfy, food reasonable and well priced and all crew/staff extremely pleasant and helpful. GREAT
Reviewed 20 August 2014 by Valerie who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
very nice travel, very kind crew , i recommend it
Reviewed 19 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"travel from gijon to saint nazaire"
Excellent travel and good customer service.we have to tell that the crew was very polite and willing to help.We had a problem and they helped us.thank you
Reviewed 18 August 2014 by Eva who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Trip to Spain"
We enjoyed our crossing to Gijon. The accommodation on board is great and the crew is very friendly and helpful. In short, it’s worth repeating.
Reviewed 14 August 2014 by Th.h.w.m. who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Poole - Santander 26/7/2014"
Very efficient booking through Direct Ferries. On the day the ship was loaded quickly and left on time.Cabin was very clean and pleased to have en-suite.Very glad we booked a cabin with window/daylight! Facilities on board ship very, very basic and given the length of the journey it seems wierd to make everyone eat (one school dinner hall style restaurant)at the same time.It was open for two hours for dinner, two hours for breakfast and two hours for lunch!Only other option is a small coffee bar which was constantly mobbed.Food acceptable but uninspiring.Shop on board ship is of no use at all-usually shut and the size of a garden shed with stock to match.We had sunny calm weather for the 26 hour journey but sadly seating on deck was at a premium and most people were obliged to sit on the floor so it looked like a refugee ship.Sighting of dolphins(lots) and a solitary whale were real high spots and the opportunity to sit(on the floor)in sunshine gazing at the wide blue yonder gave a very relaxed start to holiday. Not sure I would feel the same if the weather had prevented us from being outdoors! On balance it was worth the price saving over Brittany Ferries and we would use it again if someone could promise good weather!!! Next time I will arrange my own catering in advance and not rely on the ship's facilities.
Reviewed 11 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
A great wat to travel from Spain to the UK. Good beds, adequate facilities on board including a shop, restaurant and a bar. You arrive relaxed and well rested. Better than driving on crowded freeways and in traffic jams!
Reviewed 11 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias
"Journey to Santander"
Room clean beds comfortable in general happy with service and accommodation.
Reviewed 05 August 2014 by Peter who travelled with LD Lines on Norman Asturias