MV Bretagne

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MV Bretagne entering the port of Saint-Malo
Career
Name: MV Bretagne
Owner: SABEMEN
Operator: Brittany Ferries
Port of registry: Morlaix,  France
Route:

Portsmouth-Saint-Malo

Plymouth-Roscoff (Winters only)
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Cost: £55 million
Launched: 4 February 1989
Completed: 1989
Maiden voyage: 16 July 1989
In service: 16 July 1989
Identification: IMO number: 8707329
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Tonnage: 24,534 GT
Length: 152.8 m (501.3 ft)
Beam: 26 m (85.3 ft)
Installed power: Wärtsilä
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) cruising, 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) max
Capacity: 2,056 passengers
580 vehicles
Crew: 130
Bretagne

MV Bretagne is a ferry operated by Brittany Ferries. She was built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and has been sailing for Brittany Ferries since 1989. She was Brittany Ferries flagship until the arrival of MV Val de Loire in 1993.

Service history[edit]

MV Bretagne was ordered by Brittany Ferries in the late 1980s in order to increase capacity on BF's routes, and to set a new standard in on-board facilities. Bretagne was one of the first true cruise-ferries, offering cruise-type facilities on a ferry route. Built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Bretagne was launched on 4 February 1989 and entered service on 16 July the same year. Bretagne's interior was furnished in typical 'Breton' decor featuring original artwork by the Scottish painter Alexander Goudie.[2]

Bretagne was used on the Poole-Cherbourg route between 26 February 2007 and 10 March 2007. She then became the only current passenger vessel in the Brittany Ferries fleet to visit every port served by the company and to have operated on all the current routes. It was originally planned that she would return to Poole in January 2008 to cover for the absence of the Cotentin. In addition to sailing to Cherbourg alongside the Barfleur she would also have sailed between Poole and Santander at the weekend departing Poole on Friday night and arriving back on Monday morning. This plan was dropped shortly after the publication of the 2008 timetable and Bretagne instead covered for the refit on the Mont St Michel on the Portsmouth-Caen route.

In early 2009 Bretagne underwent a £5million refit. The work included creation of 50 'Club 4' cabins along with refurbishment of the rest of the ships cabins, refurbishment of the self-service restaurant, refit of the 'La Gerbe de Locronan Salon de Thé' to create a WiFi cafe area and rebuilding of the reclining seat lounges to create new lounge areas for business, reading and watching television.[3][4]

On Monday 22 June 2015, Jean-Marc Roue, president of Brittany Ferries announced that a new vessel is to be ordered sometime in 2016 replacing the MV Bretagne but will take on the routes currently served by the MV Pont-Aven. MV Pont-Aven will be transferred to the Portsmouth/St Malo route while MV Bretagne is rumoured to be scrapped in 2017.

Regular routes[edit]

Other routes served[edit]

Bretagne has seen use on Portsmouth-Caen (Ouistreham) as refit cover and also the winter only route of Plymouth-St Malo. She also sailed between Portsmouth and Santander during the winter in the mid-nineties.

Though generally found on the Portsmouth-St Malo route Bretagne will also operate on other routes, normally in Winter, such as Portsmouth-Cherbourg and Plymouth-Roscoff.

Bretagne has previously been used on Spanish routes, operating between Plymouth and Santander.

Onboard facilities[edit]

Bars and restaurants[edit]

  • Les Abers - A la Carte Restaurant - Deck 7.
  • La Baule Self Service Restaurant - Deck 7. Refurbished in 2009
  • Le Cafe 'La Gerbe de Locronan'- Deck 8. Rebuilt in 2009.
  • Gwenn Ha Du Bar - Deck 8.
  • The Yacht Club Piano Bar - Deck 7.

Shops[edit]

  • The Main Shop - Deck 7
  • The Travel Shop - Deck 7
  • La Vitrine - Deck 7
  • La Kiosque - Deck 6
  • La Boutique Parfums (Perfumes and Cosmetics Shop) - Deck 6

Other facilities[edit]

  • Cinemas - Deck 5.
  • Children's Playroom - Deck 8.
  • 376 Cabins - Decks 1, 2, 6 and 8 (Commodore Class, Club4, 2 and 4 berth cabins).
  • 454 Reclining Seats - Decks 8 and 9.
  • Commodore Lounge (rarely open) - Deck 9.
During 2006 the Commodore Lounge was used as a storage area for the ships entertainer's costumes and equipment.

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