History & specification of Armorique
History of Armorique
Armorique is the newest vessel in the Brittany Ferries fleet. In August 2005 Brittany Ferries placed an order with Aker Finnyards (now STX Europe) for an €80 million freight vessel. This vessel was named Cotentin. The order included provisional plans for another vessel, which was commissioned in January 2006. This vessel was to be a 1500 passenger state-of-the-art cruise ferry which would be identical to Cotentin up to deck 5, but with an extra accommodation block being added above and to the stern to include public and accommodation spaces for passengers.
This vessel was to be named Armorique. "Armorique" being the ancient name for the coastal north-western region of France meaning "the country which faces the sea." It is also the name of an outstanding national park in Brittany. Armorique is the second Brittany Ferries vessel to bear this name; the first being roughly a quarter the size of the current Armorique, and operating between 1976 and 1994.
The first sheet of steel was cut on the 30th July 2007 at the STX yards in Helsinki, Finland. The vessel was floated out on the 13th September 2007, before final delivery of the completed €120 million vessel to Brittany Ferries in January 2009. She first arrived in Plymouth for berthing trials on the 26th January 2009; making her maiden voyage outbound to Roscoff from Plymouth on the 10th February 2009.
|Launched||10th February 2009|
|Service Speed||25 knots|
|Freight Capacity||65 Lorries|
|Shipyard||Aker, Helsinki, Finland|
The modern design and décor capture the lights, colours and space of the Brittany region and its maritime heritage, as well as celebrate the Breton culture, its traditions, spirit and innovation. Three artists feature onboard Armorique:
- Philippe Plisson a photographer features on the public decks as well as in some cabins
- Alexander Goudie, whose work already decorates Bretagne, has created selected sculptures of Breton fishermen and 'bigoudenes' in certain cabins
- Matthieu Dorval's paintings will be on display in public areas of deck 6 and 7
Unlike aircraft, each ship has its own character and Armorique is no exception. We take great care with the design and décor to provide our passengers with an environment which is both comfortable and stylish, and our designers have followed a theme that reflects the 'colours and space of Brittany' to give this ship a very modern feel. One of the great luxuries when travelling nowadays is space and, whilst this commands a huge premium when travelling by air, it is something that all passengers on Armorique can benefit from.