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'No-frills' ferry service to launch

Brittany Ferries unveils its new “économie” service, offering crossings from Le Havre to Portsmouth from £79

A NO-FRILLS ferry service is set to launch next month.

Brittany Ferries’ new “économie” line will begin sailing on March 25. It will offer four weekly services between Le Havre and Portsmouth and one weekend service out of Santander in northern Spain.

There will also be one freight-only service to and from Le Havre each week.

One-way fares for the six-hour voyage to and from Le Havre are set to start at £79 (about €96) for a car and two people when the service begins at the end of next month.

Those travelling to and from Santander will pay £169 (about €206), and will have access to a reclining seat in the lounge for the 24-hour journey.

En suite cabins will be available, but they will not be carpeted, and animal owners will have access to 12 pet-friendly cabins. And there will be two specially equipped cabins for disabled passengers.

A limited French menu will be on offer, while entertainment will be provided by a movie lounge.

Brittany Ferries’ group commercial director Mike Bevens said: “We feel that there is an opening for a no-frills, great-value service which will appeal to those who are on a tight budget and may not have even considered travelling by ferry before.

“While Brittany Ferries économie will not provide the same high level of service and facilities with which Brittany Ferries has become associated it will offer something altogether simpler and with exceptional value.”

Bookings will open online at in a few weeks. Until then, they can be made by calling 0871 244 1400.

Photo:Mike Cattell

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