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Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

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Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

Has anyone used the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao? Heard some bad reports about the crossing, thinking of going late June and returning early August. Any reviews please?

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1. Re: Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

Hi,

Now are you on about the weather on the crossing (Bay of Biscay) or the service itsself.

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2. Re: Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

Have used both

I prefer Santander as I have always liked Brittany Ferries' boats (and service). Plus Santander is an easier town to get out of than Bilbao - it's much smaller - and has usually been a better place to land for where I've been going (Picos etc). But they're usually more expensive

You can get bad weather any time to be honest. Less often in summer than winter but the Bay of Biscay is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic so if there's a storm, you're going to feel it

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3. Re: Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

I was meaning in general, weather, service, price, best crossing etc. We are also looking at leaving from Plymouth but was just looking for peoples experiences of the best way to do it.

thanks in advance

Edited: 14 April 2011, 15:43
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4. Re: Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

There is no Portsmouth Bilbao ferry any more. Agree with everything that has been said about sailing to Santander though. Lovely place

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6. Re: Ferry to Santander/Bilbao??

quote "There is no Portsmouth Bilbao ferry any more "

There is a service, details below

Portsmouth to Bilbao Ferry Service

Ferries to Spain

New ferry service commencing March 2011

We are delighted to announce that Brittany Ferries will be sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao in 2011.

Commencing on March 27th, the twice weekly service will be in addition to our existing ferry services to Santander from Portsmouth and Plymouth and will be operated by mv Cap Finistère.

brittany-ferries.co.uk/routes/portsmouth-bil…

Edited: 16 April 2011, 13:32
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