(15 July 2020) Brittany Ferries is on sale for 2021. The company has opened reservations today, for most routes connecting the UK and France, excluding Portsmouth-St Malo and Portsmouth-Le Havre. Reservations can be made for crossings up to the end of October next year.
Customers are being encouraged to book now for the best choice of sailings, lowest fares and to take advantage of flexible ticket options. Next week reservations will open for routes linking Spain with the UK & Ireland.
The move is the first major step towards a brighter future for the ferry and holiday company. Passenger services re-commenced on 29 June, following a three-month hiatus from late March, however summer 2020 will be no more than a damage limitation exercise.
Brittany Ferries expects to carry around 240,000 passengers this summer. That compares with around 780,000 for a normal year, a consequence of lockdowns, restrictions on travel and capacity limits on ships. A €117m loan has been secured to carry it through a difficult winter ahead and into a five-year recovery plan.
“Today is the day when we really start to turn a corner and look forward to the future,” said company CEO Christophe Mathieu. “This year is a write-off. We are therefore opening next year’s books as early as possible to give holidaymakers something to look forward to, and to ensure our comeback is robust and successful. We are also making sure that those who have supported us through this difficult time, by accepting vouchers for sailings we were forced to cancel, are offered the first choice of available crossings in 2021.”
Passengers are getting used to Covid-safe procedures on ferries, following the resumption of services. As part of its Together & Protected campaign, Brittany Ferries is reinforcing the suite of measures it has taken to protect passengers, freight drivers and crew. This includes restricting capacity on vessels to less than 50% of normal passenger traffic, staggering embarkation and disembarkation and ensuring every passenger takes a cabin or is allocated to a limited number of reserved seats.
“We hope that ferries may continue to be more attractive to travellers than some other modes of transport post-crisis,” added Mathieu. “Our ships are huge and that makes social distancing easier. Furthermore, there are plenty of open areas with access to open-air decks, while fresh sea air pumped throughout the vessel including every cabin.”
“Looking to next year, we expect particularly strong demand for travel to destinations near our ports. Taking our British customers for example, Normandy, Brittany and the western Loire promise the exoticism of an overseas holiday – but with the security that comes from taking your own car while staying in a region that is not too far away from home. Psychologically, I think that will be very important for all travellers next year.”
For 2020 and 2021 reservations, holidaymakers should visit www.brittanyferries.co.uk. For a full list of sanitary measures and advice for those travelling this year go to https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus/sailing-safely