Launched in 1992, the Barfleur is named after a picturesque, small fishing village in Normandy, only 25 kilometres from Cherbourg. Smaller than the rest of Brittany Ferries fleet, she offers en suite cabin accommodation, self service restaurant, bar and reclining seat lounges.
Barfleur features around 60 ensuite air conditioned cabins, both inside and outside and all come supplied with fresh linen and towels. Soap and shower gel are also provided in case you want to freshen up and you'll also find at least 1 plug socket to use or to charge any electrical appliances that you may have. The ship also features pre-reservable reclining seat lounges.
The main restaurant on Barfleur is the self-service restaurant ‘Turquoise’ which offers a fantastic choice of foods from around the world, as well as French favourites such as minute steaks, cooked to your liking on the spot! There's also a salad buffet, great choice of desserts, and drinks, including wines and beers to accompany your meal. You can also enjoy special meals rates for children.
Situated towards the rear of the ship, Les Alizés Bar is a great place to relax during your crossing. Enjoy a great choice of beverages with everything from the finest French wines to delicious cocktails. Also on the menu are hot and cold drinks and snacks. There are also a number of flat screen televisions showing big sports matches and news updates.
Perfect for gifts, souvenirs, or just a treat for yourself, the onboard boutiques offer a fine range of spirits, wine, tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics, leather goods, confectionery, toys, fashion, decoration, souvenirs, newspapers, games, cameras, sunglasses, jewellery and much more! All are at great prices, and certainly worth a browse.
'Wi-Fi time' can be purchased from the information desk. Barfleur features plenty of deck space so you can stretch your legs and enjoy a calm spot to relax, while enjoying the sea air and incredible views, particularly when entering or leaving the port. Sun decks are on decks 7, 8 and 9. There is also a bureau de Change and a baggage room where you can leave your luggage.
There is a play room where children can enjoy fun and games whle the video games room on deck 7 features the latest video games.
Barfleur is wheelchair friendly. Disabled toilets are located on deck 6, 7 and 8 and all decks are lift accessible.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Barfleur 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.
99% of our customers recommended this ship
I have taken this ferry twice this year with my motorcycle. I have been impressed with the way the staff look after my bike in making it safe to travel. The on board facilities are excellent, the staff everywhere are very polite, friendly and helpful. I have come to spend most of my time aboard around the restaurant as the food is good and not bad value for money. This is a fast and efficient crossing and I highly recommend it...especially on a bike!!!
Reviewed 20 November 2016 by Kestran who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
We travelled from Poole to Cherbourg with our motor home, staying on the Port overnight. The boarding was easy and well managed and it was reassuring to see the security checks being carried out. Food on board was good and a reasonable price. The return from To Scott to Plymouth was equally as good with the French police thoroughly checking all vehicles. The crossing was really comfortable and again the food was good. Direct Ferries made the booking easy and were cheaper than booking direct with Brittany ferries.
Reviewed 09 November 2016 by Terence who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Good way of getting into France"
We travelled out to France early in the morning, on time. English breakfast was ok. There is a small kids corner with a few activities and TV for children. The unloading took quite long when you're used to the speed they unload in Calais. On the way back we took an evening ferry and had a cabin (very reasonably priced) - very clean & comfortable! The dinner meals were very tasty, if quite pricey. Again, ferry was on time, and unloading seemed a bit quicker. Good service all in all.
Reviewed 04 November 2016 by Steph who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Poole to Cherbourg via Barfleur"
We have travelled on the Barfleur ever since she came into service quite a few years ago and then had a distinctive French bright decor. She has since been fitted out very comfortably and tastefully. We have crossed in all seasons and even in gales is then quite stable. We have also travelled on other ships of the fleet, some much larger, but always prefer the Barfleur.
Reviewed 03 November 2016 by Terence who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Painless Travel Experience"
From booking the ferry to completing the return journey we had pleasurable and painless trip
Reviewed 29 October 2016 by Thomas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Back to France "
Once again a great trip back after seeing friends and family in the UK . Nice smooth trip , went down a sneaked at the dog ( sleeping soundly ) half way into the crossing , good bottle of wine and a nice meal ......bliss :O)
Reviewed 20 October 2016 by Stephen who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
Poole Cherbourg is a good choice of crossing. It is longer than Dover Calais but so much less stressful to get to Poole than negotiate the M25! Barfleur is clean, spacious with sufficient faciities. Not luxury but then you don't need that if you are just crossing. Quick loafing and unloading. Nice staff.
Reviewed 12 October 2016 by Mary who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Escape to France with no stress"
We were very surprised and delighted with our cabin on our return to Poole. We were were tired after a long drive and slept like logs and showering facilities in the morning were excellent. We found snack and drink in the evening and breakfast in the morning reasonably priced and good. See you again in February. Thank you
Reviewed 12 October 2016 by Kenneth who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
We found the staff to be really good. Helpful, friendly, even tried to understand our dreadful attempt at speaking French. Lovely journey. We had a great cooked breakfast and really enjoyed that together with a few cups of really good coffee. All told excellent.
Reviewed 11 October 2016 by Maurice who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"A pleasant sail"
We really enjoyed our sail on the Barfleur from Poole to Cherbourg. The ship was fabulous, so clean and tidy and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. It was particularly helpful to be given a card with our parking deck and stair number on!
Reviewed 11 October 2016 by Jean who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Poole to Cherbourg"
8.30 am sailing Sunday 18th Sept wasn't crowded so there were plenty of comfortable seats to choose from. Good selection of food and drinks with cheerful helpful staff. Everywhere was spotlessly clean . A pleasant start to our holiday .
Reviewed 11 October 2016 by Patricia who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
A very pleasant journey to France with my car, made even better by the efficient & calm way that BF dealt with my booking when I missed an earlier ferry. The facilities were clean and excellent. Particularly good food at a very reasonable price - fab when it is an evening arrival.
Reviewed 10 October 2016 by Rebecca who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
Good crossings out and return
Reviewed 06 October 2016 by Lionel James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
From checking in to rolling off , a smooth passage hosted by charming crew members , a pleasure
Reviewed 05 October 2016 by Anthony who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Return to England"
Direct Ferries website easy to use and the crossing from Cherbourg to Poole was one of the smoothest we had ever experienced.
Reviewed 28 September 2016 by Alan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Business day trip"
Last minute arrangement for a business trip to Cherbourg and was not able to book a cabin for the return trip. Went to information to request if a cancellation became available and was placed on a list. 45 minutes into the return journey I was paged and offered a cabin. Nice and clean with shower . took all the stress out of the travel compared to flying and train - also less expensive .
Reviewed 27 September 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
Punctual and efficient, friendly staff. Wouldn't bother booking a reserved seat again, several families seemed to think it was ok to use the area as a creche, rendering it useless as a place to relax, either go for a cabin or save your money and stay in the lounge areas. boarding was quick and easy, although getting off was a bit of a bottle neck, all in all ok though.
Reviewed 27 September 2016 by Kenneth who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
It was a fast ship which arrived in good time at our destination. There were a lot of people on board. So I suppose it is to be expected that there will be limited space for a hot breakfast despite the early start. However the distribution of what food there was - croissants and sandwiches - was very haphazard between the different food stations. Consequently ours was continuously running out. Not a big thing but kept us waiting unnecessarily. Otherwise an excellent experience.
Reviewed 24 September 2016 by Malcolm who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Trip back to england"
Found the ferry very clean and the personal were very helpful found the duty free to be quite expensive some of the drinks were cheaper in Spain the wifi wasn't very good but considering we were out at sea on a ferry we couldn't ask for more.
Reviewed 23 September 2016 by Brian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur
"Check out the reserved seats!!!"
All was well until we tried to get to our paid for seats and there ws another couple in them who pretended to look for their tickets of which we knew they did not have any and then watched them move around the area.....These tickets are only £5 but some prefer to do this and no person comes in to ask for their tickets!!! So our trip was marred by this.
Reviewed 22 September 2016 by Andrew who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Barfleur