Whale & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise

This is the perfect introduction to whale watching anywhere in the World and all aboard the flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven. The Bay of Biscay is home to over a quarter of all the whale, dolphin and porpoise species known to man. Past trips have included sightings of fin whales - the second largest mammal on earth, sperm whales - made famous through the story of Moby Dick – as well as rarely spotted beaked whales and even hundreds of dolphins racing into the bow. On board ship the friendly and experienced ORCA guides will help you spot all kinds of amazing marine life, with deck watches and wildlife presentations to help you locate, observe and identify these sometimes elusive marine animals.

You'll sail aboard Brittany Ferries' flagship, Pont-Aven, enjoying a superb range of facilities and award-winning services. 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. You'll also of course find all of Brittany Ferries' standard of dining and facilities, with an a la carte restaurant, cocktail piano bar and 2-storey lounge bar and entertainment area.

(The ORCA guides will be outside on deck 10. There is no lift access to this deck so please bear this in mind if you have a disability or reduced mobility.)

This Cruise includes

  • Portsmouth - Santander - Plymouth Biscay Triangle cruise

  • 2 nights on board with en suite cabin accommodation

  • Expert whale watching and dolphin spotting advice

  • Wildlife presentations

  • Time ashore in the elegant port city of Santander

The mini-cruise leaves from Portsmouth crossing the Bay of Biscay to Santander in Northern Spain before returning to Plymouth on Brittany Ferries flagship ferry Pont-Aven. On the way you may see porpoises, dolphins, larger sperm or fin whales and other rarer species. Biscay is also home to an abundant seabird population so you're sure to have a memorable trip - we can never guarantee what you'll see, but you're sure to see something.

This triangular cruise takes you through the Bay of Biscay, a world hot spot for marine wildlife and birdlife, with 31 of the world's 85 whale and dolphin species having been recorded in the Bay. ORCA has been surveying the area for many years so you'll have the very best guides with you, making sure that you get the most out of your wildlife experience.


3 Days from just £249.00

Price

2 berth inside cabin (single occupancy) = £299

2 berth inside cabin - 2 people = £558

2 berth port hole cabin - 2 people = £648

4 berth inside cabin - 3 people = £747

4 berth indide cabin - 4 people = £996


Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven

Ship information and on board services

Carrying up to 2,400 passengers and 650 cars, the Pont-Aven is Brittany Ferries' flagship cruise ferry to France and Spain, and the largest within the fleet.

Regularly serving Plymouth to Roscoff, Santander and Cork routes, Pont-Aven offers superb crossing times to both France and northern Spain, reaching Santander from Plymouth in just 20½ hours.

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. You'll also of course find all of Brittany Ferries' standard of dining and facilities, with an a la carte restaurant, cocktail piano bar and 2-storey lounge bar and entertainment area.

Pont-Aven offer passengers a choice of 650 cabins - all of which are en-suite and air conditioned - plus a number of reserved lounge seats. There are also a number of cabins adapted for disabled passengers.

 

Accommodation

There's nothing better than arriving at your destination fully refreshed for the journey ahead. Whether you choose to sleep away the miles overnight, or enjoy comfort and privacy during a day crossing (when cabins are at a reduced rate) the range of on board accommodation offers the perfect haven.

All of the cabins are ensuite, air conditioned and have 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 continental plug socket  to use or to charge any electrical appliances that you may have.

Inside 2 berth cabin 

  • Ensuite
  • Air conditioned
  • Bunk style beds

Inside 4 berth cabin

  • Ensuite
  • Air conditioned
  • Bunk style beds

Travelodge Reading M4 East

If not disembarking at Reading you will require 1 night Hotel at Reading.

We will be using Travelodge on the M4 Reading East Services.

All rooms feature a comfy king size bed with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet, option of up to 2 single beds can also be added to the room to sleep a maximum of 4 people. 

Guests can enjoy a wide variety of food and drink choices within easy walking distance of this hotel.

Everything you need

  • Comfy king size bed
  • Cosy 10.5 tog duvet, 4 plump pillows 
  • One or two additional pull-out beds
  • Showers in all rooms
  • TV with Freeview
  • Set of fresh white towels
  • Spacious desk
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • WiFi* - 30 minutes FREE or £3 for 24 hours
  • Hand, hair & body wash

Itinerary

  • Day One

Pick up from select boarding points and travel to the port of Portsmouth ready for 17:15 Sailing. On this first evening you will have time to settle into your cabins and orientate yourself around the ship. Remember you are on holiday so enjoy the fine cuisine and entertainment this ship has to offer.

At 17:30hrs please meet the ORCA team on our exclusive whale watching platform outside on deck 10 (directly above the Pool Bar) as the ship departs for Spain. Here you will receive an introduction to the cruise followed by an evening wildlife talk with an optional deck watch until dusk. As we will be in shallow coastal waters during the first evening, cetaceans encounters are less likely, (although anything could happen at any time!) so it will be a chance for you to 'chill out' and enjoy the ambience of the ship.

  • ​Day Two

This is the main whale watching day and potentially the most exciting day of the trip! We would strongly advise maximising your time on our viewing deck until we reach the port of Santander in Spain, to ensure you have the opportunity to enjoy all of the encounters we hope to have. For the best part of the day we will be sailing through some of the richest waters for whales and dolphins in the world! The 'Bay of Biscay'. From 06:00hrs to 18:00hrs we will scour the deep ocean for giant whales, large groups of dolphins, tuna, sharks and seabirds. With luck we will be ending the day with a celebratory drink in the vast natural harbour of Santander with time to enjoy the tapas bars or take a stroll along the beach before the return sailing at 21.15pm.

  • ​Day Three

On our final day on our return voyage we sail through the rich, shallow waters of the Celtic Sea and Western Approaches in search of Minke Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Porpoises and Gannets before arriving in Plymouth at approximately 16.15hrs.

We will then travel from Plymouth dropping people off at Reading before spending the night at a hotel.

  • Day 4

Board the coach ready for drop off at your original boarding point.


Tours in this Itinerary

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Tue 18 Jun, 2019
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WHADOL 1
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3
Price From
£249.00
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Pickup Points
  • CONNECTIONS
  • Dereham - Market place (OUTSIDE BARCLAYS BANK)
  • London Victoria
  • Norwich
  • Reading
  • Swaffham - Market Place
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  • 2 Berth Inside Cabin - 1 Upper/1 Lower
  • 4 Berth Inside Cabin - 2 Upper/2 Lower
  • 2 Berth Outside Cabin - 2 Lower
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Tue 18 Jun, 2019
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£249.00
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  • 2 Berth Inside Cabin - 1 Upper/1 Lower
  • 4 Berth Inside Cabin - 2 Upper/2 Lower
  • 2 Berth Outside Cabin - 2 Lower