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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
  • To begin and end your cruise in Portsmouth, an optional coach transfer is available from Plymouth to Portsmouth on Day 3 (£28 per person)

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)
£185 per person
2 persons sharing an inside cabin
(1 upper and 1 lower berth)
£210 per person
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
For those wishing to start and end their cruise in Portsmouth, a coach transfer is available on arrival in Plymouth on the final day of your cruise (£28 per person fee, to be reserved with Brittany Ferries). Journey takes approximately four hours.
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 the June and August cruises 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.

2017 Travel dates
27 June - 29 June
With special guest Nigel Marven
11 July - 13 July
15 August - 17 August
With special guest Nigel Marven
12 September - 14 SeptemberCall to Book
19 September - 21 September
26 September - 28 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.

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How to book

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

If you require the coach transfer at the end of your cruise please call us once you have made your booking.

Disability and reduced mobility passengers

Our ORCA guides will be outside on deck 10. There is no lift access to this deck 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

Couple in Santander with beach in the background

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.