Brittany Ferries offers this no-frills but yet comfortable throughout ship travelling from Portsmouth to both Santander and Le Havre. Etretat can carry up to 375 passengers and 200 vehicles in its garages. On board facilities include a self-service restaurant, a bar, games room, boutique shop, movie lounge and there are 103 cabins of differing sizes to choose from for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
There is vast array of cabin choice available onboard, with the Etretat offering 4 berth inside and outside cabins, some of which are pet friendly and all are equipped with ensuite facilities and are air conditioned. Cots are available on request. Disabled cabins are also available. If you would prefer not to book a cabin there are seats available in the ships lounges.
The ship is wheelchair friendly with disabled parking available close to passenger lifts as well as specially fitted cabins. Please contact the operator prior to your departure if you need these services.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Etretat guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
97% of our customers recommended this ship
"Caring and helpful"
I arrived along with a colleague that had broken a leg and could not walk up stairs.. Britannia Ferries quickly arranged a cabin swap to a more accessible location. The staff were very competent and arranged the transfer with great efficiency.
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Peter who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
Portsmouth was easy to get to and had a straight forward boarding process and cabin allocation system. The cabin was clean and tidy with shower facilities. We used the bar area as we were travelling overnight which made a relaxing start to our two week holiday. All staff were friendly and approachable. The café area was available early morning for travellers wanting breakfast before docking which could be an added bonus. We did not use this facility but the food looked and smelt good. We sailed on time and arrived on time. It is more expensive travelling overnight but, bearing in mind the issues with the Dover/Calais crossings, this is well worth considering.
Reviewed 18 August 2015 by Michelle who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Easy crossing kind staff"
We enjoyed the facilities of the reading room during the crossing as well as the shop (rain ponchos, books) and the set meall to take away during the day crossing on the Baie de Seine Thanks to the much appreciated advice of a staff member we got seats and could buy blankets in order to be able to sleep during the night crossing. We will come again
Reviewed 03 August 2015 by Doris who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"first time and a most enjoyable experience"
Staff excellant, room and cleanliness also excellant, food far too expensive and not very warm.
Reviewed 04 June 2015 by Malcolm who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Sailing on the Armorique"
We sailed on the Armorique Bilbao on 4th march to Portsmouth,the ship was very clean,The cabin we had was very clean and comfortable the night was a little bumpy but the bay of Biscay is either flat or lumpy, The next day was like a boating lake a very good crossing, the on board staff were very helpful.
Reviewed 11 March 2015 by Brian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
before embarking there was a long delay, we didn't received any explanations while waiting! apart from this it all went well and the company was kind to give a free meal.
Reviewed 06 February 2015 by Hiday who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"GOOD CROSSING OVERALL"
WE HAD A BAD WEATHER CROSSING WITH A FEW DELAYS BUT THE STAFF WERE VERY CURTIOUS AND KEPT US WELL INFORMED AND WHEN WE EVENTUALLY GOT AWAY THEY TOLD US WE WOULD ARRIVE PORTSMOUTH 06-00 WHICH WE DULY DID.THE SHIP WAS SPOTLESSLY CLEAN, THE FACILITYS WERE ADEQUATE, THE FOOD LOOKED GOOD AND TASTY AT A REASONABLE PRICE ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT GET TO TRY ANY BECAUCE OF THE SEA CONDITIONS. YES I WILL BOOK THIS SHIP AGAIN THE ECONOMIE PRICE IS VERY GOOD COMPARED TO A DRIVE AND STOPOVERS IN FRANCE. I WOULD DEFINATLY RECOMMEND THIS SHIP TO MY FREINDS. BOOKIMG A CABIN IS A MUST DO
Reviewed 21 January 2015 by Stanley who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
We were due to sail on the Le Havre Portsmouth crossing leaving at 22:00 on January 2nd. We had taken our dog to the vet that morning as no vets were open the day before being a public holiday. To our surprise and dismay we were not allowed to board the ferry despite having a 4 year old with us as we were told that 24 hours would not have elapsed after seeing the vet and before we landed in the UK. I offered to take the risk that the dog would be quaranteened at my expense, or would stay on the dock in the UK for the 90 minutes that would make the 24 hours and was refused. We had to return to the office where after some time and £50 cost we were sent to catch the 08:00 crossing from Caen, an hours drive away and no where to sleep. We were fortunate to find a Best Western hotel by the port - another £85 for one room with three in a bed!
Reviewed 09 January 2015 by Ian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Economy but good"
This was our first trip on the Britany Ferry "Economie" service to La Havre. The ship was very clean and standard excellent. Although only one resturant, the food was very good and offering a wide choice and good value. I can recomend this service. Not really Econonomy but good value.
Reviewed 06 January 2015 by Malcolm who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"First trip on Ferry"
Very nice trip. Cabin was large and comfortable. Quiet. No problems.
Reviewed 26 September 2014 by James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Le Havre -Portsmouth"
Good crossing, comfortable cabin and adequate resources on board. They describe themselves as no frills, but they're no better and certainly no worse than Belfast Liverpool or rosslare Cherbourg. All very satisfactory.
Reviewed 26 September 2014 by Noel who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Clean ship, helpful crew, rubbish wifi"
Perfectly pleasant and efficient crossing, save for the (in my experience) dreadful wifi. I would prefer no wifi or great wifi to 'will it won't it' wifi. Frustrating. But in every other respect a good quality service for a fair price.
Reviewed 24 September 2014 by Adrian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Great night's sleep"
We had to book a ferry back to the UK at short notice. It was midweek and we opted for the overnight Le Harve to Portsmouth with a cabin. The price was reasonable, the staff at all points friendly and helpful and the cabin was much better than we've experienced in the past. We were lucky to have a calm sea that night and slept well as a result. The booking process was very easy.
Reviewed 16 September 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Good ship out , basic one back "
The ferry out from Portsmouth was mostly good, the wifi signal is quite poor, and the evening entertainment was very limited, but otherwise is was good. More choice of films would be good. Would be good if the smokers were restricted to just one area of the ship, as there were a lot of smokers at the deck bar, some with cigars. The ferry back was economie, we booked based on time and date , hadn't realised it was such a basic ship, it was overall fine, but we didn't realise the shop would be just a kiosk. Would have been good to know ahead of the trip so we could shop before we boarded . Thr economy ship is ok for a couple but would be awful with children. It remains a very expensive option compared to flying, but was overall fine . Difficult to do score below as both ships varied significantly
Reviewed 14 September 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Totally Fine for the Price"
Have a feeling this ferry used to belong to LD lines because it was identical to the one I traveled on in February. It's pretty basic inside, but that's why it's cheap. The food actually looked pretty decent, cooked by the French staff, though we only bought chips. On a clear day you can enjoy the helipad deck and sit on chairs in the sun. On a rough voyage - as per my LD lines february - you may be wishing you had a more luxurious boat feel sorry for yourself in!
Reviewed 11 September 2014 by Sailor Jim who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Efficient and Pleasant Crossing"
We sailed from Portsmouth to Le Harvre and back a week later in late August. On the way out we were on the Etretat which is Brittany Ferries 'budget' sailing; and on the way back it was the fast ferry - Normandie Express. I was a bit concerned about the fact the it was supposed to be a budget sailing, but in the end there wasn't any need to worry. The seating was comfortable and it didn't feel overcrowded, despite the car deck being full. There was a small cinema which was extra, but we put the kids in there to watch the film which seemed a cost-effective way of relieving the boredom of a long trip. Only a couple of small points - the car deck is open to the elements and our car was salt-encrusted at the end, and the family thought the food from the cafe was just OK (e.g. overcooked chips), but overall the time seemed to pass very quickly. On the way back the ferry actually left 10 minutes early despite being full - I think that must be a first for me! Again, plenty of room aboard and it didn't feel overcrowded. No queues at the bar but we didn't try the food (the sea was a bit rough!), but overall very pleasant and efficient.
Reviewed 04 September 2014 by James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Portsmouth to Le Harve overnight"
Great trip and definitely worth getting a cabin. This is a fairly basic ferry in terms of facilities but does everything that matters well. We would use it again.
Reviewed 26 August 2014 by Andrew who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Perfectly fine. "
Surprisingly good food, not much to do there, but perfectly fine. Very long journey, but I am happy I took the car instead of the plane.
Reviewed 24 August 2014 by Ana who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"travelling with Brittany Ferries"
We sailed on the Etretat out to France, and the Normandie Express home, both daytime crossings Portsmouth/Le Havre. Excellent service, everything very clear, and clean. The staff were lovely, catering was good both ways. We had delicious crevettes as a proper lunch on the way out, with wine... and a lighter salad lunch in our seats on the return - because I was very happy sitting in the chairs right by the bow-windows for a great view! I don't remember the drive on and off being so fast before, so I was impressed.
Reviewed 21 August 2014 by Gabrielle who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat
"Very punctual and well organized"
The organization to embarkation and disembarkation was excellent as well as the punctuality. It was good to have the seat assigned in the boarding card. (DFDS Seaways says that you have a seat assigned but it's not true) also the wifi password.
Reviewed 08 August 2014 by Oscar L. who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Etretat