Brittany Ferries to resume Western Channel fast ferry sailings for 2022

French ferry company Brittany Ferries has said that it is restoring its fast UK to France cross-Channel ferry route for 2022.

Starting from late May until early September 2022, the Normandy port of Cherbourg will be linked with the south coast ports of Portsmouth in Hampshire and Poole in Dorset, with weekend departures linking the UK and France in two hours and 30 minutes. The summer service, which was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic, is aiming to resume to meet post-lockdown travel demand.

The fast service is to operate from May 27 to June 5, and from July 15 to September 4, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It will depart from Portsmouth at 07:00, arriving at Cherbourg at 11:00. A return service will depart Cherbourg at 11:45, arriving at Poole at 13:15.

The sailings will be operated on Brittany Ferries’ behalf by Condor Ferries using its fast ferry Condor Liberation. The service will complement Brittany Ferries’ conventional car-ferry sailings from Poole to Cherbourg which will resume on March 28, 2022, having also been suspended in 2020 following reduced demand during the initial pandemic.

Paul Acheson, sales and marketing director, Brittany Ferries said: ‘As we emerge from Covid-19, we’re delighted to restore choice and flexibility for our customers as they make their cross-Channel travel plans for 2022.

‘Demand is now roaring back, and we’re ready to meet it. Condor Liberation will offer passengers on our shorter routes to Cherbourg additional flexibility and choice.

‘This will complement our conventional service operated by Barfleur on the Poole-Cherbourg route, and our overnight sailings from Portsmouth to Cherbourg with our newest ships Galicia and Salamanca.’

Condor Liberation carries 850 passengers and 200 cars, and comes with a range of onboard facilities as standard. The ship offers several spacious open seating lounges, meanwhile for an extra fee, Club Lounge is available offering reclining seats, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary hot drinks. Condor Liberation also offers an extensive duty-free shop, bistro cafe and bars.

P&O Cruises announces summer 2022 holiday programme

P&O Cruises, Britain’s leading cruise line, has announced a range of early booking offers alongside its new summer 2022 programme.

The company has put on sale more than 150 holidays both from the home port of Southampton and Mediterranean fly/cruises, with offers including a five percent low deposit on all cruises. P&O cruises is also offering a 10 percent discount for past guests, as well as a five percent discount for new guests making a Select Price booking. Child places are available at £49 for off-peak holidays and £199 for peak holiday periods. Pre-registration for summer 2022 holidays has started with all holidays on sale from Wednesday November 11, 2020. All offers are available until December 14, 2020.

The cruises range from four night breaks to Amsterdam through to a 30 night itinerary to North America and Canada.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: ‘As so many of us have missed out on summer holidays this year, we know our extensive range of cruises for summer 2022 will be eagerly anticipated. We are already delighted with the demand for holidays in 2021 and we are confident that our guests will be looking forward to further opportunities to sail with us the following year.

‘All our summer 2022 holidays are available with a 5% low deposit, plus generous discounts if taking advantage of our launch offers and the opportunity to spread the cost monthly at no additional cost. Additionally, our flexible booking conditions allow guests to move their booking as many times as they like before paying their holiday balance.’

Highlights of the summer 2022 programme, which runs from April to October 2022, include:

The new Iona’s seven night Norwegian fjords holidays offering scenic cruising and calls including the UNESCO World Heritage site Geiranger as well as Olden and Alesund.

Aurora’s Arctic Circle cruise including an overnight stay in Reykjavik plus North Cape cruising.

Azura’s fly/cruises from Malta with itineraries including Trieste, for visits to Venice, and Kusadasi for visits to the ruins of Ephesus. Azura will also sail to Taranto in Southern Italy – the first time P&O Cruises is taking tourists to the historical city.

Britannia’s cruise to the Mediterranean with destinations including La Spezia (for Florence and Pisa) plus overnight calls to Barcelona. Britannia will also offer Baltic holidays including two day calls to St Petersburg while also visiting Helsinki and Tallinn.

Ventura’s cruise holiday to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands featuring calls to Lisbon and Bilbao.