Pont-Aven is Brittany Ferries' flagship and possibly the most luxurious ferry currently in operation. The ship itself boasts stunning features, including a superb pool and leisure area, a wrap around promenade for pleasant deck strolls, and a dramatic five deck high atrium with panoramic views from the lifts. Pont Aven of course also meets all of Brittany Ferries' high standards in dining and facilities, with an a la carte restaurant, cocktail piano bar and 2-storey lounge bar and entertainment area.
The Pont Aven boasts superb onboard cabin accommodation setting new standards in comfort and style. All 650 cabins have air-conditioning with individual temperature control, en-suite bathrooms, comfortable seating and a radio.
The ship also features around 50 reclining seats and for added comfort you can purchase a sleep pack with blanket, sleep mask, ear plugs, and a shower pack with soap and shampoo gel plus disposable towel.
Pont-Aven offers all the dining options you would expect on a cruise ship, from the à la carte Flora Restaurant to the self-service restaurants, La Belle Angèle and Le Café du Festival, with food freshly prepared by our skilled French chefs.
Pont Aven's main lounge bar ‘Le Grand Pavois’ serves a range of cocktails as well as beers and wines, hot and cold drinks plus snacks. With seating on two decks joined by a large sweeping staircase, the bar area has a real cruise ship feel. It is also the focal point for entertainment provided by magicians, singers and bands and there are a number of flat screen televisions showing big sports matches and news updates to ensure that you never get bored.
This stylish cocktail bar, adjacent to Le Flora Restaurant ‘Le Fastnet’, is the perfect place for an aperitif or a post-dinner digestif and the relaxed mood is enhanced by the pianist.
During the summer season and on busy off-season crossings you can enjoy Pont Aven's pool and leisure area bar ‘Les Finistères’ which serves wines, beers and soft drinks.
Pont Aven boutiques are on decks 6 and 7 and offer a fine range of spirits, wine, tobacco, perfumes & cosmetics, leather goods, confectionery, toys, fashion, decoration, souvenirs, newspapers, games, cameras, sunglasses, jewellery.
Purchases made on board may be paid for in Euros or Sterling. Payment can be made in cash, by credit or debit card. Prices are shown in both currencies and you can combine different payment methods.
In addition to the Cinema's, bureau de change, casino (slot machines) and live entertainment, there is a magnificent indoor pool area which offers guests the chance to unwind, relax on a sun lounger, sip a drink at the bar, or have a splash in the pool with its great sea-views.
For a stroll, the Promenade allows you to walk all around the ship, while the ship's top deck offers a calm spot to relax, while enjoying the sea air and incredible views, particularly when entering or leaving the port.
Pont Aven features a number of lounges onboard where you can relax including a reclining seat lounge (for those that aren't travelling with a cabin), Commodore lounge (an exclusive room for suite passengers, and includes access to two side patio areas) and a spacious lounge on the mezzanine level of the main bar with comfortable lounge chairs and sofas.
You can also take a free audio guided 21 stage tour explaining the decoration and art works aboard the ship.
Young children can enjoy fun and games in the playroom and the games room will keep teenagers entertained throughout the trip. Highlights include the latest video games and an air hockey table.
There are a number of cabins adapted for disabled passengers and all decks are accessible by lift.
Please note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Pont Aven 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.
98% of our customers recommended this ship
"Comfortable and Efficient Crossing"
We travelled overnight on the Mont St Michel from Portsmouth to Caen and returned the same way. Getting the car and ourselves on and off the ship was easy and beautifully managed by staff. The car deck is spacious - plenty of room between cars. We used the stairs but there is a also a lift to the upper decks. Interior is like on a cruise ship with shops, restaurants and viewing points. Our cabin - outside with en-suite facilities - had everything we needed and was very comfortable. We enjoyed an excellent meal on board ship - plenty of choice and very reasonably priced. We had a super night's sleep - smooth crossings in both directions - and were up and on the road by 7.30a.m. in France and slightly earlier - by 7.10a.m. back in the UK. Could not speak highly enough of all staff on the ship. Will definitely travel this way again.
Reviewed 29 July 2015 by Iain Duncan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Santander Portsmouth "
I chose this ferry to return to the UK from Portugal, just the eseay way to cross France.
Reviewed 27 July 2015 by Carlos Miguel Dionisio who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Everything that you could wish for and more.Ship extremely well designed,staff could not have been more accommodating .An excellent start to our golden wedding anniversary holiday.
Reviewed 04 July 2015 by Cliff who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Bon Voyage "
Everything went very smoothly. There were no delays. The loading and unloading went without a hitch. The ship was clean and well appointed. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was a great way to travel back to the UK. Very relaxed.
Reviewed 29 June 2015 by Paul who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Recent crossing from Plymouth to Santander "
Excellent service, very impressed. Will definitely use Brittany Ferries in the future.
Reviewed 21 June 2015 by Colin who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
3 of us travelled by motorbikes. Previously I have experienced a 'free for all' as everyone rushes to strap their bikes down. Not so on this crossing. Experienced staff carefully tied all the bikes down for us quicker and better than we could have done ourselves. We were disappointed with the buffet evening meal. We were booked in to 2nd sitting as that was all that was left. As soon as we had selected our starters all the rest of the food was cleared away, preventing us from choosing any more. Having said that all the food was of an excellent standard. Cabins were clean and well appointed, and the crossing was punctual. All in all a very pleasant experience.
Reviewed 16 June 2015 by Alan Rose who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Very pleasant journey. Well appointed ship and we were pleased to see some delicious healthy food choices.
Reviewed 15 June 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Smooth Journey but 11PM shutdown"
Comfortable spacious ferry with decent food. Shame you have to use vending machines after 23:00
Reviewed 01 June 2015 by Mark who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Pont Aven "
everything very good
Reviewed 25 May 2015 by Ivan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"My wonderful journey"
We had a great time while we travelled on the Pont Aven. Fantastic service and very pleasant the staff were very helpful.
Reviewed 27 April 2015 by Fernando who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"A great way to treacle to Spain"
We had a wonderful journey from Santander to Portsmouth. The Commodore class cabin was well worth the extra money and the Commodore lounge was an extra bonus, with great views from the aft end. We had a super dinner in the restaurant with helpful and efficient staff. The whole experience was like being on a cruise and not an overnight ferry.
Reviewed 16 March 2015 by Sharon who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Could be better"
This was my return trip from Spain. I had originally booked this as a seat only, but was upgraded to a cabin as I complained about the filthy cabin I had on the outward journey to St. Malo from Portsmouth. This cabin was a little cleaner, at least it had been vacuumed, but there was still tomato ketchup spilt up the wall, and other stains that could do with cleaning, in this cabin. At least the bedding was fresh and smelt clean. The rest of the experience was first class all the way. My large motorcycle was secured quickly and efficiently on the car deck, which is always of most concern. The food was excellent, and reasonably priced, certainly better than the Tenerife ferry. The staff were awesome and always had time to chat.
Reviewed 09 March 2015 by Keith who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
very enjoyable experience.travelling for business to southern spain,normally go via channel tunnel and drive down through france,thought i'd try this route and will definately use this again..a relaxing start to my business trip.
Reviewed 01 February 2015 by James Mark Dodds who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Far better than expected"
My and my son to the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander to shorten our way to Portugal. The ferry was far better than expected as the ferry seems quite new and the facilities were good. If you want to take a rest from driving from UK to Spain/Portugal I would highly recommend the ferry. A cabin was a must as we had a long decent sleep and felt ready for the 9 hour trip ahead of us.
Reviewed 23 December 2014 by Patrik who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
we sailed on a nice ship, plenty of public room and in good condition, Some entertainment in the bar plus 2 cinemas, so something to do to pass the time. The cabin was very small, but had bathroom with shower, and was clean
Reviewed 02 December 2014 by Eric who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"St Malo to Portsmouth on Port Aven"
Excellent onboard facilities!
Reviewed 24 November 2014 by Mark who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Hard times up-top"
Whilst the cabin was generally fine, both bunk-style beds were very hard on the anatomy and pillows lacking in support. There was only one thin one each. Climbing onto the upper bunk is proving harder with advancing years too so, if you are 70yrs+, be well warned! The morning came around remarkably quickly however, especially as it was supposed to be a rough passage! The food was excellent though and the restaurant particularly nice.
Reviewed 10 November 2014 by John Inman who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Returning home after touring Europe"
A most enjoyable and relaxed way to return to the UK.
Reviewed 06 November 2014 by Stuart who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
We had a very good trip sailing France with Pont Avon. The weather was superb, the accomodation was good and the food was excellent. We are looking forward to sail wih you again next year in spring.
Reviewed 21 October 2014 by R.j.j. who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Santander to Plymouth"
My wife and I usually travel to Calais for the hour crossing to Dover but this time she encouraged me to do the longer crossing hoping it may be a fore runner to go cruising, something I'd never wanted to do. This was a big mistake as the crossing was horrendous from about an hour after the ship left Santander it started rocking and bobbing around. It was difficult to walk around and almost impossible to sleep. This lasted for the whole journey and at one point mid morning everything on the tables in the cabin ended on the floor. It added almost 2 hours to our journey, my wife is disappointed as I will never agree to cruising, for me, but will possibly try Santander again as I cannot believe this was a typical crossing.
Reviewed 15 October 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven