"A pleasure to travel"
Reviewed 27 September 2013 by Reid and Rosemary Armstrong
My husband and I have been using Brittany Ferries since 1991, and we go from Cork to Roscoff return every September.Sometimes we have travelled in May using the same route. Now that we are both retired ,we look forward to the trip as soon as we have it booked! We had dinner on board and agreed that the food is wonderful, in fact as good as most meals we had in France during our month away. The staff are exceptional, very helpful and friendly, the boat is extremely well laid out and it is a pleasure to travel with Brittany Ferries. Already looking forward to next year !
'Reid and Rosemary Armstrong' travelled Cork Roscoff with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
"A good trip!"
Reviewed 14 September 2013 by Ludivine
Good trip, even if i was sea-sick.
'Ludivine' travelled Cork Roscoff with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
Reviewed 14 September 2013 by Ian
We were pleasantly surprised at how large the ferry was. It seemed more like a cruise liner than the expected austere ferries that we have experienced in the past. We took the cheapest basic cabin which was small but had a shower en suite and was fine for an overnight stop and with a 16 hour trip, was a place to drop off bags and retreat to early to get some sleep rather than walk the decks looking for a bench. The price of drinks in the bars was not excessive and there was live entertainment which was of a very good standard. We didn't eat on board as the restaurant was closed quite early but we went to the duty free shop which was large and very well stocked. It was more like a duty free lounge in a large airport, with a great choice of products. I was impressed with the variety of whiskies on offer and there was even a free sample desk. The check in and drive on and off the ship was quick and very efficient and my impression overall was that this was a massive step up from what I had been used to in the past. I would certainly recommend Brittany ferries to anybody considering travelling to France.
'Ian' travelled Cork Roscoff with Brittany Ferries on Pont Aven
|Dublin - Cherbourg with Irish Ferries - 1 Sailing Weekly / 18 hour 29 minute crossing|
|Rosslare - Cherbourg with Irish Ferries - 2 Sailings Weekly / 17 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Rosslare - Roscoff with Irish Ferries - 1 Sailing Weekly / 17 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Rosslare - Cherbourg with Stena Line - 3 Sailings Weekly / 17 hour crossing|
The second city of the Republic - is built on an island, the two channels of the River Lee embracing it either side while nineteenth-century suburbs sprawl up the surrounding hills. This gives the city centre a compactness and sharp definition. It's a place of great charm, with a history of vigorous intellectual independence, and approached from rural Ireland, it has a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel to it.
Evidence of Cork's history as a great mercantile centre is everywhere, with grey stone quaysides, old warehouses and elegant and quirky bridges spanning the river. Many of the city's streets were at one time waterways: St Patrick's Street had quays for sailing ships, and on the pavement in Grand Parade you can still see moorings dating from the eighteenth century. Important port though Cork may be, however, it doesn't feel overridingly commercial.
The opening of the deep-water port at Roscoff in 1973 was part of a general attempt to revitalize the Breton economy. The ferry services to Plymouth and to Cork are intended not just to bring tourists, but also to revive the traditional trading links between the Celtic nations of Brittany, Ireland and southwest England. In fact, Roscoff has long been a significant port. It was here that Mary Queen of Scots landed in 1548 on her way to Paris to be engaged to François, the son and heir of Henri II of France. And it was here that Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, landed in 1746 after his defeat at Culloden. Roscoff itself has, however, remains a small resort, where almost all activity is confined to rue Gambetta and to the old port - the rest of the roads are residential back streets full of retirement homes and institutions. One factor in preserving its old character is that both the ferry port and the gare SNCF are some way from the centre.