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 |