Sailing to Normandy with Brittany Ferries

Sailing to Normandy with Brittany Ferries


Pickle says… When we recently travelled to France we sailed from Portsmouth to Caen with Brittany Ferries. The crossing was about 6 hours, we have never been on a ferry for this long before – only sailing for 90 minutes from Dover to Calais.

Sailing to Normandy with Brittany Ferries

We sailed out on the “Normandie’ ferry.  It was so easy to find the dock and board, directions were clear to the dock, and when guiding us to the ship.

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I was VERY excited because on this crossing we had a Cabin (number 6131) which we could enter as soon as we boarded with our boarding card, given to us when we checked in at the dock.

The cabin had a private shower room with a loo too, USB points, free wifi  and 4 bunk beds, two of which were folded into the ceiling.

We could have bought a sleep or shower pack for a few pounds each, but we didn’t need them.

We visited Le Cafe upstairs with a children’s play area, lots of seats, drinks, pastries and snacks. There was a main restaurant which opened at 11am, with lots of hot meal choices and deserts as well as a kids menu with a fab goodie bag.

There were a few shops on board and a cinema too. It cost £6.50 for an adult and £5 for a child.

It was showing Beauty & The Beast and Boss Baby.

On board there was entertainment and crafts – so much to keep us little ones happy and busy.

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Self service restaurant- tables for 2, 4, 6, 8 

Our return crossing was on board the ‘Mont St Michel’ ship. Again we had a cabin (number 9209). It was virtually the same as the other one. The ships were virtually the same, with the same facilities.

This Le Cafe had a play area and a large TV showing CBeebies.

There was also the Blue Bar which had live music. 

Our Tips

Take drinks – water, OJ, pop and snacks with you to enjoy in your cabin. 

If you have a morning crossing and fancy some pastries for breakfast head straight to Le Cafe as they sell out quickly!

Book a cabin. It is definitely worth it. You can leave your bags safely in there, have a nap or just chill out.

Once you have left your car you cannot go back to it until you you are ready to drive off at your destination port.

Ships take euros or GBP cash and  credit / debit cards.

We thoroughly enjoyed sailing to Normandy with Brittany Ferries. It was a lovely break from driving for Mummy, and we loved being able to relax and explore. We highly recommend this way of travelling to France! You can check the sailing times and prices on the Brittany Ferries website – do you know they also offer holiday accommodation in Europe too?

Have you sailed with Brittany Ferries before?

 Thank you to Brittany Ferries for inviting us to sail with them in exchange for our honest review.


  1. This looks great we would love to go on a ferry its amazing touring to the next side of islands 🙂

  2. They look like they are having a wonderful time, I’ve never travelled by ferry but it looks fantastic and I might have to try it one day soon xxx

  3. I would love to do that too; looked like a lot of fun for everyone 🙂 only ever done the ferry ride from France to the UK which isn’t very long

    shelley xoxo

  4. Looks like a lovely ferry – plenty to distract from seasickness!

  5. what a wonderful way to travel to france! i’ve only ever been on the ferry to calais but ill deffo be checking this out!!

  6. It sounds like you had a great crossing. It’s been years since I’ve been on a ferry and it looks like a lot has changed
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  7. Sounds great. I’ve never been on a ferry with the kids but I think they would love the adventure

  8. I have never even heard of Caen before but this looks like a great way to travel.

  9. After our success on the ferry to the Isle of Wight, we are now discussing getting the ferry to Europe. Yay!
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  10. It’s been years since I’ve done the ferry crossing to France but the cabins look a lot nicer than when I traveled. Looks like it was a great trip!

  11. He looks like he enjoy it 🙂

  12. This is a ferry crossing I did many times as a child! Brings back good memories.

  13. I have some very happy memories of cabins on ferries starting our family holidays! And even more mod cons these days…

  14. I love travelling by ferry and we would love to visit Brittany next year. The cabins look fab!!

  15. I love having a cabin for long journeys! Brittany really are the best as well aren’t they? Had an awful journey on a competitor recently… Really didn’t compare!

  16. Sounds like you all had a great time! We’ve not travelled by ferry yet but we’ve just been to Brittany this summer and absolutely adored it. Such a stunning place. Planning on returning by ferry next time.

  17. What great facilities. I think starting a holiday with a ferry ride is the perfect way to get the good times rolling sooner 🙂

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