Whale and dolphin watching cruises with ORCA

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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 Bay of Biscay.

This cruise includes:

  • Plymouth - Santander - Plymouth Bay of Biscay 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

Your cruise starts in Plymouth, crosses 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 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.


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.


special guest Matt Brierley

Matt Brierley is joining us on the 17th 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.

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. Please bear this in mind if you have a disability or reduced mobility.