Spanish Minicruise 3 days 2016
The Spanish Minicruise is based around the sailing schedule of Brittany Ferries’ flagship, “Pont Aven” to Santander in Northern Spain. This is the ONLY minicruise available.
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 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 you will have to make your own way to and from the port. There is a £15 deduction per adult as no coach transfer is involved. There is NO availability between July and September other than the dates shown below.
Frequently asked questions:
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 request a specific deck- Yes but we can't guarantee this
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
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.
The ship sails from Plymouth on Sundays arriving at Santander on Monday.You'll have just under three hours ashore.
Now the ship sails to Portsmouth arriving on Tuesday. It then sails back to Santander later that day arriving on Wednesday. Again, you'll have just under three hours ashore.
Finally, it sails to Plymouth arriving on Thursday.
Thus the sailing schedule is a triangular rotation.
The respective sailing times are shown below. We provide a coach transfer between the two ports in order to get you back to your originating port if required.
No meals are included and no modifications to the deal are possible – i.e. you can’t take a car, bike, animal or obtain the highest grade cabins such as Commodore Class;De Luxe Class;Club Class though if they are vacant on the day of sailing you may be able to upgrade at a supplement.You cannot extend the visit. *
If no date is shown below it means there’s no availability. This page is continually updated to reflect the most current situation ,if the date you’ve booked and has been confirmed but is no longer shown it merely means that date is now full but your booking is OK. See Brittany Ferries’ video for comprehensive details on the ship, click here. Parking is available within the docks at both ports.
If you do not require the coach transfer between the two ports you may travel on any date you like even if it is not shown below (except between July 15-Aug 4th and Aug 19th -September 26th).
*If you'd like to stay longer, check out our Spain- Green Spain Breaks or Jazz in Spain which will offer you a super minicruise and hotel 5-day trip.
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 EX PLYMOUTH
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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 EX PORTSMOUTH
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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
2-berth cabin -
1 person £130;
2 persons £110 each
4-berth cabin - 1 person £170;
2 persons £130 each;
3 persons £100 or 4 persons £95 each
4-berth cabin with porthole - 1 person £200;
2 persons £140 each; 3 persons £115 or 4 persons £105 each
NB Some outside cabins have a restricted view - we have no control over their provision.
Children under 16 - £75 (any cabin)
Online Booking click here
A double minicruise is available any Sunday where we have a departure date indicated above. 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.
It can ONLY be done this way, it can’t start on a Tuesday from Portsmouth. No outside cabins are now available until mid-October.
Cost £220 one person in a 2-berth cabin :
£180 each for two persons in a 2-berth cabin :
£200 each for two persons in a 4-berth cabin:
£140 each for three or four persons in a 4-berth cabin:
£300 one person in a 4-berth outside cabin :
£220 each for two persons in a 4-berth outside cabin.
£160 each for 3 or 4 persons in a 4-berth outside cabin
NB It is only available from Plymouth.
Deduct £40 for child under 16.
Online Booking click here
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.
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.