The Spanish Minicruise is based around the sailing schedule of Brittany Ferries’ flagship, “Pont Aven” and only on that ship. It sails from Plymouth to Santander on Sundays returning to Portsmouth on Tuesdays. It then sails back to Santander later that day from Portsmouth and returns to Plymouth on Thursday. Thus the sailing schedule operates as a triangular rotation. The respective sailing times are shown below. We provide a coach transfer between the two ports on the dates shown below. If you wish to travel on a date other than those shown below you may do so, subject to availability(but not available between mid-August and October), and 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. There is NO deduction for children.
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
Parking is available within the docks at both ports.
See Brittany Ferries’ website for comprehensive details on the ship
Can we have the superior cabins - 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
Do we have to travel on the dates shown below - No, see final paragraph, highlighted above.
A double minicruise is possible (subject to availability) on any Sunday except during the period July 22nd - September 29th. 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. Early booking is essential for June, July, and October departures.
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 4½ hours dependent upon traffic conditions.
|March – 31st|
|April - 21st|
|May - 5th ; 26th|
|June - 16th|
|July - 7th|
|September - 29th|
|October - 20th ; 27th|
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
|March – 26th|
|April - 2nd ; 23rd ;|
|May - 7th ; -28th|
|June - 18th|
|July - 9th|
|August - 6th ; 20th (only 2-berth cabins are available on August departures)|
|October - 1st ; 22nd ;|
29th (**Featuring the Devon & Cornwall Rock Choir**)
|1 person||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|2 berth cabin £149||£129 each||-||-|
|4 berth inside cabin £199||£149 each||£129 each||£105 each|
|4 berth outside cabin £239||£159 each||£135 each||£95 each|
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.
Children 4 - 15 years - £90 (any cabin)
Child under 4 - £15 (free if no coach transfer is required)
Full payment is required at time of booking. If you wish to pay by cheque or postal order please make the booking and send the payment within the next 5 days.Or you can pay directly to our Account-details on request. NB When you make your booking we need the first and last names of all passengers(as they appear in the passport), date of birth and nationality. Also pleae advise if anyone on the ticket has walking difficulties.
- 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. There is no charge to amend names and these can be amended up to 4 hours before departure.
If you wish to travel on a date other than those shown above 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, i.e. does not apply to the Double Minicruise.There is NO deduction for children.
Disabled cabins are occasionally available and are based on the 4-berth outside cabin price. They cannot be booked more than 3 weeks in advance and are for wheelchair-bound travellers only (and their Carers). Passengers using a wheelchair even if not requiring a Disabled Cabin must contact us to make a booking as places are limited.
All 2-berth cabins have 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.