Wessex Continental Travel

Spanish Mini Cruise 3 days 2017

The Spanish Minicruise is based around the sailing schedule of Brittany Ferries’ flagship, “Pont Aven” to Santander in Northern Spain. The ship sails from Plymouth on Sundays returning to Portsmouth on Tuesdays. It then sails back to Santander later that day and returns to Plymouth on Thursday. Thus the sailing schedule is a triangular rotation. The respective sailing times are shown below. We provide a coach transfer back to the original port of departure on the dates shown below and this is included in the price. Additionally,we provide a coach transfer from Plymouth to Portsmouth to catch the Tuesday sailing from that port.If you prefer to make your own way to and from the ports and not use the coach transfer the price is reduced by £20 per person.
If you wish to travel on a date other than those shown below you may do so, subject to availability, but you will have to make your own way to and from the port. There is a £20 deduction per adult as no coach transfer is involved. (Does not apply to Back to Back cruise) There is NO availability between June and September other than the dates shown below.

Frequently asked questions:

Is food included - No
Do we need a passport – Yes
(but if your passport is not from the EU you must to check if you need a visa).
Can we take a car, bike or motorbike – No
Can we extend the trip and stay in Spain – No,
(but see our Spanish Superbreaks programme).
Can we book meals in advance – No
Can we have the superior cabins – No,but if they are available when you board you can request one and pay the difference.
Can we request a specific cabin - No
Can we take an animal – No
Are towels provided – Yes
Do cabins have a separate bathroom – Yes
Is the entertainment free- Yes,
but you have to pay for the cinema.
Do we have to get off the ship at Santander – Yes
Can I take a wheelchair? - Yes, but you MUST inform us in advance
I have walking difficulties, can I have assistance boarding the ship?
- Yes, but you MUST inform us in advance
Do we have to travel on the dates shown below- No,
see final paragraph, highlighted , above
See Brittany Ferries’ website for comprehensive details on the ship, follow this link. Parking is available within the docks at both ports , it cannot be booked in advance.

Ex-Plymouth

The “Pont Aven” sails from Plymouth on Sundays at 1545. We reach Santander at 1215 (Spanish time) on Monday and you may leave your belongings in your cabin when you go ashore. The ship berths in the heart of this charming city and the main square is an easy 10-minute stroll. Just a few steps away from the Terminal there are various bars and shops which will give you the authentic feel of real Spain.
The ship begins its return crossing at 1515 and once again, the amenities are there for you to enjoy. The award-winning Le Flora silver service restaurant offers a unique and very attractive opportunity to dine in style and watch the ocean glide by. The cruise continues next day as we enter the English Channel and sail eastwards to Portsmouth where we dock at 1415 on Tuesday. After clearing Immigration and Customs formalities you board the coach or minibus waiting to bring you back to Plymouth. The drive takes about 4 ½ hours dependent upon traffic conditions.

Departure Dates

MONTH 2017DATES
July 9th 16th 2-berth cabins only available on these dates*
August 6th13th 2-berth cabins only available on these dates*
October 1st 22nd

* If you require a 4-berth cabin on these dates we will give you 2 adjacent 2-bereth cabins at the 4-berth rate.


Ex-Portsmouth

On Tuesdays we will arrange a coach to take you from Millbay Docks, Plymouth to Portsmouth Ferryport. Alternatively you make your own way to the port. The “Pont Aven” sails at 1715. We reach Santander at 1815 on Wednesday. The ship begins its return crossing at 2115 and once again, the amenities are there for you to enjoy. The cruise continues next day as we enter the English Channel and sail eastwards to Plymouth where we dock at 1615 on Thursday. After disembarkation we’ll take you back to Portsmouth by coach or minibus.

Departure Dates

MONTH 2017DATES
June   27th
July 4th 11th 2-berth cabins only available on these dates*
October 3rd 24th

* If you require a 4-berth cabin on these dates we will give you 2 adjacent 2-berth cabins at the 4-berth rate.

CABINS - All 2-berth cabins have bunk beds atop each other and have a shower and WC; 4-berth cabins have two ground beds and two beds above which stow away into the ceiling; shower and WC)

(NB There are no 2-bedded cabins on the ship or 2-berth cabins with porthole; we cannot obtain Commodore Class; De Luxe or Club Class cabins for minicruise passengers.

The Cost - ex-Plymouth or Portsmouth

Berth1 Person2 Persons 3 Persons4 Persons
2 Berth£139£119 each--
4 Berth Cabin-£139 each£119 each£109 each
4 Berth outside cabin-£149 each£129 each£119 each

Children 4- 15 years - £85 (any cabin) Child under 4 - £15

NB: An outside cabin is one with a porthole.
NB: Some outside cabins have a restricted view (i.e. lifeboats, stormguard etc)
- we have no control over their provision.


Online Booking click here


Double MiniCruise

A double minicruise is possible (subject to availability) any Sunday except during the period July 17th-September 18th. It sails from Plymouth to Santander and returns to Portsmouth then sails from Portsmouth to Santander and returns to Plymouth on a Thursday. It is in fact two successive minicruises back to back. You are on the ship for four nights making for a 5-day cruise. You will have the same cabin throughout. It can ONLY be done this way, it can’t start on a Tuesday from Portsmouth.

NB There are no more 4-berth outside cabins(i.e. with a porthole) available this year.

Cost

£238 one person in a 2-berth cabin
£199 each for two persons in a 2-berth cabin
£219 each for two persons in a 4-berth cabin
£179 each for three persons in a 4-berth cabin
£159 each for four persons in a 4-berth cabin
£249 each for two persons in a 4-berth outside cabin
£209 each for three persons in a 4-berth outside cabin
£189 for four persons in a 4-berth outside cabin

Child under 16 - £170. Under 4 is free.
NB: It is only available from Plymouth

Online Booking click here


Pont Aven

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Full payment is required is required at time of booking. No charges are made for credit or debit cards. If you wish to pay by cheque or postal order please make the booking and then send the payment within the next 5 days. N.B. When you make your booking we need the full names of all passengers,date of birth and nationality. Also, please advise if anyone on the ticket is disabled or has walking difficulties.
Cancellation.
If you have to cancel more than 15 days in advance we will refund 85% of the cost. If you cancel after that there is no refund and if you fail to show up there is no refund. There is no charge to amend names and these can be amended up to 4 hours before departure.