A celebration of cinema at sea

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Cinema has long been a fixture of our onboard entertainment and service, and on 19th June a remarkable milestone was reached when our onboard cinema partner, Seachoice, sold its 25 millionth cinema ticket, on board Mont St Michel's 08.15 sailing from Portsmouth to Caen.

The ticket was bought by passengers Lisa Taylor and Will White and their children Boe, six; and Dexter, four, from Worthing in West Sussex. The family was travelling to France at the start of a week's holiday in the Vendée, and decided to pass some time on the six-hour crossing by taking in the latest Spongebob movie - Sponge Out of Water. To celebrate, Mick McNamee, of Seachoice and Elaine Dell of film studio Disney presented the family with tickets to a Leicester Square Disney premiere, a voucher for a Brittany Ferries return crossing, and a bottle of champagne.

To mark the occasion Mont St Michel's crew treated passengers to a special programme of cinema-themed entertainment in the ship's bar, with film-inspired quizzes, gameshows, and competitions taking place throughout the crossing.

And the celebrations continued on the afternoon Caen to Portsmouth crossing, when a randomly selected cinemagoer received another prize voucher for a return Brittany Ferries crossing. This time the lucky recipient was Rachel Holland, a teacher at Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Hove, East Sussex. She was returning from a school trip to France with her class, and decided to treat the children to a showing of Disney's recent romantic fantasy film, Cinderella.

The first cinema screen to grace a Brittany Ferry flickered into life in the early eighties, when Seachoice installed a 16mm film projector aboard the original Armorique. At the time this was something of a novelty for passengers, allowing them to enjoy films such as Chariots of Fire and Gandhi as they travelled to France and Spain.

The concept immediately proved popular with passengers, and today, watching a film is very much part of the way of life aboard a Brittany Ferries cruiseferry. And things have certainly not stood still over the past 30 years: film projectors have given way to advanced digital video projectors, and today seven Brittany Ferries ships offer a cinema, with a total of 12 screens across the fleet. Each year around 100,000 Brittany Ferries passengers take in a film as part of their crossing.

To find out what's showing on your crossing, visit our cinema listings page.

Christopher Jones

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