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"The old dear did us proud."
I believe the new boat is delayed, which is how we came to be on the old ferry that is due for retirement. If that is the case, then kudos to the team that run and operate her. Smooth, relaxed, pleasant, both the boat, the operation and the staff. It was a rough crossing on the way back but the experience was made more pleasurable by having our own cabin and the boat clearly being in good repair. Some channel crossings feel like a bearing has gone and vibrate throughout, but not those, even the eldest ship, on Brittany Ferries it would seem. Keep doing what you do guys, it's more expensive and takes longer than Dover- Calais but it saves us 2 or 3 hours on both sides of the channel coming from middle England. Splendid jobRead More Read Less
"Better than UK traffic"
Rather than slog across the UK< we decided to cross for longer. This proved very effective. we were lucky that there were few travelling and there was a lot of room and seating available. Time went rather well. we had a couple of meals and spent some time exploring the ship.Read More Read Less
"Good company good trip"
Everything about our trip from Portsmouth to Le Havre and back was really good. All very easy , staff very professional. No problems even though it was a rough crossing over.Read More Read Less
Great crossing, clean cabin. Self service cafe is not self serve as main meals are served by staff. Service quite slow. Food excellent.Read More Read Less
The Portsmouth St Malo ferry route connects England with France. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing duration from around 11 hours.
If you want to travel by ferry to France, Portsmouth St Malo sailing duration and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
Portsmouth is one of the best connected ports in the United Kingdom, serving nine different destinations across Europe with operators including Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries. To the south of the naval base, you will find the Isle of Wight (Ryde) Passenger Ferry Terminal, while the Continental Ferry Terminal serves Le Havre in France and Bilbao in Spain. There are also daily crossings to Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo in France, St Helier in Jersey and St Peter Port in Guernsey.
Located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire, Portsmouth is the UK's only island city, situated around 100 km to the south west of London and 30 km to the east of Southampton. The city's long history is inextricably linked to the sea, hosting to the oldest dry dock in the world still used today and also to famous ships such as HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship; the Mary Rose, and HMS Warrior.
Le Havre is a French city and port that was founded by King Francis I in 1517 after the ports of Hornfleur and Harfleur, on the Seine estuary, silted up. Le Havre was enlarged during the first part of the 19th century by pushing back the city's ramparts and then later in the century by demolition them totally. The city's fast development and demography has been influenced by a number of events that occurred in the town's relatively recent history. First, during the 17th century Le Havre was a war port, then it was a successful trading port during the 18th century and during the 19th century many people emigrated to America. The city's industrialisation that commenced in the 1920's made it an important town and port for the Normandy region thanks to its global trade in coffee and cotton and in 2005 Le Havre's city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the works of architect Auguste Perret. He was labelled a "concrete poet" and an innovator and managed to successfully combine modern architecture with traditional architecture.
Le Havre is a deep-water port which can be accessed 24/7 unhindered by the tides and welcomes ships of all sizes. Ferry services operating from the port depart to Portsmouth on the south coast of England.