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
"The way to Spain and how to start your holiday!"
This was my first ferry trip to Spain, I am fortunate enough to be able to spend several weeks away this winter and sadly not wealthy enough to hire a car for that long so decided to take my own. What great idea, the additional insurance costs and roadside assistance upgrade were very inexpensive and the ferry cost not much more than the flight costs. The Brittany ferry Pont Aven was a treat to be on. Every member of staff I dealt with was pleasant and helpful nothing seemed too much bother and they seemed happy to be there which was infectious. Spotlessly clean it had an excellent restaurant and we enjoyed a fine dinner in the evening. The piano bar was really relaxing and the pianist very good indeed. Sailing out of Plymouth in the sunshine did make me wonder why I was going at all but waking up and going on deck after a good breakfast answered my question as sailing into Santander with sun and warmth was even better! The cabin was small but had everything you needed for a good nights' sleep. I don't think I'll travel to Spain any other way from now on except perhaps going from Portsmouth and shortening my journey in England.
Reviewed 10 October 2016 by John Flynn who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Excellent voyage "
Really pleased with the overnight accommodation and efficiency of getting on and off the boat. Staff were really friendly too.
Reviewed 09 October 2016 by Kieran who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
The logistics of the transfer was fantastic. Good quality if food in the restaurant.
Reviewed 05 October 2016 by Elizabeth who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Another fab trip to Spain on Brittany ferries "
We have done the 24 hour crossing from Portsmouth to Santander twice now and it is a great way to start the holiday. We take our motor home and the crossing gives us a 24hr reprieve from driving. The facilities have been excellent each time and service great. The cabins are nice and comfortable and food in the al a Carte restaurant is as good as many top restaurants we have visited. Staff very attentive and A good price for a 3 course meal.
Reviewed 01 October 2016 by Michael who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Would highly recommend using Brittany Ferries on the Santander to Portsmouth route. Although we departed later than scheduled due to a medical emergency on the inbound route, Brittany Ferries had already notified us of the delay before we got to Santander ...... and we made up the lost time overnight so arrived back in Portsmouth on schedule. The ship is absolutely immaculate and our inside cabin was clean and functional (even with bunk beds!).
Reviewed 19 September 2016 by Paul who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
I,with my Partner and her son, travelled from Roscoff to Cork on the nght of June 3rd with the Pont Aven and returned with the same on June18th. I found the staff to be friendly and very helpful (with the exception of one bartender who had not enough experience to know his job does not entail being a smart-ass. But no doubt he will learn or be taught.) I was annoyed that ships prices were in Sterling and at a ruinous exchange rate to €uros, which currency is that of both France and Ireland not GBP. But I am sure that will soon change with the brexit and the debased british pound ( buy sterling while it iis cheap or pay by card). Ships punctuality is good but as a foot passenger you will not get off the boat before 10:00. Everybody else seems to have precedence ,so do not expect to arrive in Cork city before 11.30 (Ringaskiddy is 20km. outside of Cork) so plan your further travel accordingly.
Reviewed 28 August 2016 by Liam O'Loideoin who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Both journeys were really enjoyable experiences for both of us. The cabin was clean and although the bunk beds posed no problems for us personally perhaps they would others.
Reviewed 12 July 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
We found the Pont Aven to be an excellent ship with good food, plenty of space and it was a very smooth, comfortable crossing. Although we started a little late, time was made up during the trip and we arrived early. Most convenient.
Reviewed 12 July 2016 by Michael Cooper who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
From our arrival at Portsmouth to the docking in Santander every thing was pleasant and made very easy. We were greeted by friendly staff who´s smiles made our particular disappointing trip down from the east Midlands a thing of the past (3hrs sat on the M3). The ferry was loaded and on its way in no time, plenty of space available for watching the UK disappear from view. In fairness our crossing was made on a sea that was like a mirror so no nasty bumps or swells, but that aside the adequate cabin with plenty of hot water for showering was comfy. The food served was more than acceptable in standard, again my pallet prefers food that is very hot but the micro waves that are on hand made this possible in a few seconds. Getting off the ferry was an easy task and the road ahead was clear to go.
Reviewed 12 July 2016 by Kevin who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Sailed from Portsmouth to Santander and once bike was safe in the hold, processed to have a very enjoyable 23 hrs, enjoying the food, drink and general ambience. my only critism is the length of time it took to disembark on my return to Portsmouth.
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Matthew who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Great way totravel to France"
Great start to our two day break in Roscoff. Evening entertainment on board, cinema, bar & ok food. Spotless cabin & able to get a good nights sleep before arriving. Really good service whilst on board & highly recommend.
Reviewed 19 June 2016 by Katharine who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
good corssing and comfy and not a rip on the on board, pity about being stood for 90 mins in race leathers waiting to disembark in the heat
Reviewed 14 June 2016 by Stephen who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"A pleasant trip in both directions"
We enjoyed the overnight journey on Pont Aven, the cabin being clean, comfortable and quiet. Smooth sea was a bonus!
Reviewed 02 May 2016 by David who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Around the bay of biscay - the calmest crossing ever"
An excellent crossing. Pont Aven is a fine ship.
Reviewed 26 April 2016 by James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Perfect Holiday Launch"
Relaxing start to 2 weeks in France with new XK8 Jaguar. Had not gone by boat before and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Had a tasty dinner with a glass of wine and later a good night's sleep. Docked on time and off we went refreshed and ready for the drive to Cannes.
Reviewed 18 January 2016 by Mark who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Clean, quiet, efficient"
We were struck by the cleanliness in all areas. Uncrowded and plenty of quiet places to sit. Helpful and efficient service. Would choose to pay onboard in UK pounds not euros next time - better value.
Reviewed 23 December 2015 by Catherine who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Santander sailing December 2016"
All satisfactory although our particular cabin had not been properly cleaned, bits of tissue and waste paper on the floor.
Reviewed 22 December 2015 by Jeff who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Portsmouth to Santander -Portsmouth "
Excellent trip staff polite helpful nothing was too much trouble . My daughter and granddaughter was sea sick and the staff had no issues with cleaning up after sudden accident . Best boat journey ever and we do many to all over Europe
Reviewed 14 December 2015 by Brian John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"Great crossing "
We upgraded to a 4 berth outside cabin with TV and coffee and tea facilities. This cabin crew as very comfortable and the crew were very helpful. Would be using the ferry services again.
Reviewed 28 November 2015 by Sharon who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Problems at Santander on 4th November meant we set off 2 hours late but time was made up on journey and we docked in Portsmouth exactly on time, Port Aven, lovely ferry, more of a cruise ship really, all good.
Reviewed 12 November 2015 by Keith who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven