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Whale and dolphin watching cruises with ORCA


Brittany Ferries, in association with ORCA, bring you an unmissable opportunity to discover and learn about whales and dolphins in one of the world's most renowned whale watching locations - the Biscay Triangle.

This cruise includes

  • Portsmouth - Santander - Plymouth Biscay Triangle cruise
  • 2 nights on board with en suite cabin accommodation
  • Expert whale watching and dolphin spotting advice
  • Wildlife presentations
  • Time ashore in the elegant port city of Santander
  • A coach transfer at the end of the trip from Plymouth to Portsmouth

The mini-cruise leaves from Portsmouth crossing the Bay of Biscay to Santander in Northern Spain before returning to Plymouth on our flagship ferry Pont-Aven. On the way you may see porpoises, dolphins, larger sperm or fin whales and other rarer species. Biscay is also home to an abundant seabird population so you're sure to have a memorable trip - we can never guarantee what you'll see, but you're sure to see something.

Our triangular cruises take you through the Bay of Biscay, a world hot spot for marine wildlife and birdlife, with 31 of the world's 85 whale and dolphin species having been recorded in the Bay. ORCA has been surveying the area for many years so you'll have the very best guides with you, making sure that you get the most out of your wildlife experience.

Cruise prices
3 or 4 persons sharing an inside cabin
(2 upper and 2 lower berths)
£210 per person
2 persons sharing an inside cabin
(1 upper and 1 lower berth)
£235 per person
Your cruise starts and ends in Portsmouth with an optional coach transfer from Plymouth on Thursday afternoon to round off your trip. The journey takes approximately four hours.

How to book

Book online or call our Reservations Team on 0330 159 7000 quoting SEA SAFARI

Your cruise starts and ends in Portsmouth. If you require a coach transfer from Plymouth, please select the option below:

Upgrades & supplements
Single occupancy of a standard inside cabin£30
2 persons sharing a larger inside cabin (2 lower berths)£30 per person
Outside cabin (port-hole). Larger cabins only£20 per cabin
Nigel Marven

Join our special guest Nigel Marven

Nigel Marven, producer and presenter of wildlife films for television, as well as ORCA patron will be joining us on an August & September cruise to support our whale watching team as a guest guide. Taking time out from filming a whole array of mammals, reptile, bird and insect, Nigel will be on board throughout the cruise bringing his passion and enthusiasm for cetaceans to the whole experience.

Matt Brierley

Join our special guest Matt Brierley

Matt Brierley is joining us on the 11th of September Sea Safari. As a wildlife cameraman, producer and director, Matt has been involved in many impressive projects including his recent filming of Save the Elephants in Samburu. Some of his TV credits include Blue Planet II and Spring watch and he is also in the process of completing his first comedy travel book about dinosaurs.

2018 Travel dates
26 June - 27 June
10 July - 11 July
7 August - 8 August
With Nigel Marven.
14 August - 15 August
11 September - 12 SeptemberWith special guest Matt Brierley
18 September - 19 SeptemberWith special guest Nigel Marven

25 September - 26 September

More about the cruise

This is the perfect introduction to whale watching anywhere in the World and all aboard our flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven. The Bay of Biscay is home to over a quarter of all the whale, dolphin and porpoise species known to man.

Cruise itinerary

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Disability and reduced mobility passengers

Our ORCA guides will be outside on deck 10. There is no lift access to this deck and passengers will have to climb a steep set of stairs to access the area, so please bear this in mind if you have a disability or reduced mobility.

Offer subject to availability. Promotional terms and conditions apply.  Bookings cannot be made within 24 hours of travel.

How to book

Book online or call quoting

0330 159 7000

Discover Santander

Relaxing in Santander

Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is an elegant city stretched across a wide bay with many stunning beaches.

About ORCA

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ORCA works to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats in UK and European waters. Together with governments, NGOs, research institutions, the shipping industry and others we help to create safer habitats for whales and dolphins.