It’s full steam ahead for Brittany Ferries’ link between Ireland and Spain: the ferry company has just released next year’s timetable, meaning customers can plan ahead and book sailings year-round from now, right up until November 2024.
The service will operate year-round twice per week in each direction between Rosslare Europort, County Wexford (just over 2 hours’ drive from Dublin) to Bilbao in the heart of Green Spain’s Basque Country, for passengers travelling with their car or motorhome, on their bike or motorbike, or on foot.
However, from 7th November 2023 until 25th March 2024, the Spanish port will temporarily switch from Bilbao to the Cantabrian capital Santander, to allow work to take place to port infrastructure in Bilbao.
Brittany Ferries’ Ireland-Spain ferry link has been operated since November 2022 by one of Brittany Ferries’ most modern ships Salamanca. The ship has proved a hit with Irish customers, and so far this year reservations are up by around 100 per cent compared to the previous vessel. But in a change for 2024 the Salamanca will be joined by its two equally modern sister ships Santoña and Galicia, with the three ships sharing the sailings to Spain.
Paul Acheson, Brittany Ferries’ Director of Sales and Marketing said: “Spain remains by far the top overseas holiday destination for Irish holidaymakers, but what’s clear to us is that an increasing number of people are choosing the ferry as their preferred means to get there, both for its convenience and the relaxed onboard experience.
“We’re delighted to make our 2024 sailings available, with our newest cruise-ferries Galicia, Salamanca and Santoña, allowing customers to put their travel plans in place, and by booking now they’ll also enjoy the best choice of sailings, fares and cabins.”
On board all Brittany Ferries’ long-haul sailings to Spain, passengers enjoy a choice of high-quality French and Spanish dining options, duty-free shopping, bars with entertainment for all the family, and in the summer months there’s even whale and dolphin watching with expert wildlife guides from Brittany Ferries’ conservation partner ORCA.
The new Spanish timetables are available now at www.brittany-ferries.ie