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Tried & Tested

Brittany Ferries

A cross-Channel ferry offers enough distractions for Pat Riddell and his family


Cabin: Our cabin wasn’t essential for the nine-hour daytime crossing but did prove to be a valuable way of varying our time onboard — the novelty of being on a ferry soon wears off for kids. The four bunks were also worth it for 40 winks as well as the TV, en suite and a bit of personal space to spread out in.

Entertainment: The onboard cinema was exciting for the kids, so immediate queuing for tickets and an hour or so wait until The Secret Life of Pets meant we’d already accounted for a significant portion of the journey. There are also quite a few children’s entertainment options, from play areas and games rooms to entertainers.

Food & drink: We grabbed coffee, juice and pastries early on from one of the cafes and had a quick lunch in the self-service restaurant. Quality and prices were generally reasonable and there was plenty of choice for the whole journey.

Service: Interaction was limited but staff were friendly, courteous and helpful and the whole experience was about as easy and straightforward as it could have been.

Route: Saint-Malo-Portsmouth
Journey time: 9h
Ship: Bretagne
Contact: brittany-ferries.co.uk
Verdict: 7/10

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