History & specification of Bretagne

Bretagne was built at the Chantiers d'Atlantique Shipyard in St Nazaire, Western Loire. She was launched on 4 February 1989 and entered service on 16 July.

Bretagne was the first 'super ferry' to join the Brittany Ferries fleet and set new standards for ferry design and travel comfort.

Bretagne bears the most symbolic name in the fleet, being the French for "Brittany" itself; the region of North Western France where the company was started and is still based today. Over the years Bretagne has become a firm favourite with her passengers. She was originally designed for use on the Plymouth - Santander route to cope with expanding volumes of traffic but in 1993 she was transferred to the highly popular Portsmouth to St Malo route, where she remains today.

In early 2009 Bretagne underwent an extensive £5 million refit to bring her in line with the rest of the fleet; during which deck 8 was completely re-designed giving it a more modern and contemporary feel as well as adding a dedicated area for Internet browsing.

Technical specification for Bretagne
Feature Details
Launched 1989
Gross tonnage 24,534
Length 151.20 metres
Beam 26.00 metres
Max draught 6.20 metres
Service speed 21 knots
Crew 130
Passenger capacity 2,056
Car capacity 580
Berths 1,146
Cabins 376
Reserved seats 319
Shipyard St. Nazaire, France
Power 4 x 4440 kW