Whale and dolphin watching cruises with ORCA

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Brittany Ferries has once again teamed up with the wildlife experts at the conservation charity ORCA to bring you eight opportunities to take advantage of a guided whale and dolphin spotting cruise for next summer. 

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. 

The mini-cruise leaves from Portsmouth crossing the Bay of Biscay on Brittany Ferries flagship Pont Aven to Santander in Northern Spain before returning to Plymouth at which point you will be met by a coach transfer back to you starting point in Portsmouth. 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.    

This cruise includes:

  • Portsmouth - 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

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.

Join our special guests


Nigel Marven

Nigel Marven, producer and presenter of wildlife films for television, as well as ORCA patron will be joining us on the 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.


Lizzie Daly

Lizzie Daly is a wildlife biologist and broadcaster, previously working on BBC2, CBBC, National Geographic and now is a host on the BBC Earth Unplugged YouTube Channel. Lizzie has a wonderful obsession with the ocean, leading her to film bubble net feeding humpback whales in South East Alaska and swimming with short finned pilot whales in the Canary islands. 


Terms & Conditions

Brittany Ferries conditions of booking and carriage apply together with  additional conditions specific to these offers including full payment with booking by debit or credit card only. No charge for debit cards. No refund when cancelled by client. Amendments charged at £25.  New bookings only. Bookings/amendments cannot be made within 24 hours of travel. Fares are valid for travel as described and as shown per ticket.  If either portion is not used or travel is not as booked then, the applicable single or return fare shall apply and the difference collected from the credit/debit card used for the original payment. Availability is from a limited and variable allocation. Certain peak dates may be excluded. A passport is required for travel and visas where applicable for non-EU citizens. Time ashore is subject to schedules and weather conditions.