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Posted: 25.03.2018  ·  #81
Some information about the ship, from the brittany ferries website

About Connemara
Ship information and on board services
Connemara operates our simple but comfortable no-frills économie service between Cork and Santander in northern Spain as well as providing additional sailings between Cork and Roscoff.

Overview of Brittany Ferries économie
No-frills Brittany Ferries économie offers simple yet comfortable service
Self-service restaurant
Café/bar
Small shopping boutique
Public seating lounge
En-suite cabins
On board services and facilities are limited compared with our cruise ferries but the service is ideal for those who appreciate no-frills value when travelling to France or Spain. It is also possible to mix and match routes and sailings with our cruise ferry services to make the most of your time away.

Accommodation on board Connemara
Connemara offers a choice of en suite cabin accommodation which accommodate up to 4 people as well as dedicated pet-friendly cabins.
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Accessibility
Connemara is limited to having only one specially adapted cabin which can accommodate a wheelchair or a person with significantly reduced mobility. Please note there is an escalator from the vehicle deck but no lift. If you are unsure if this vessel is suitable for you, please contact us at 021 4277801 before booking so we can establish that it is possible to carry you in an operationally feasible and safe manner as set out in Passenger Rights legislation.

Connemara capacity summary
Passengers 500
Cars 195
Cabins 120
Reserved Lounge Seats* (available on sailings to and from France only) 36
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Posted: 25.03.2018  ·  #82
I've seen Irish Ferries check ins at Roscoff but never hear them mentioned wouldn't that be a shorter drive south. I have seen BF unloading from Ireland there
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Posted: 25.03.2018  ·  #83
Sounds as good as Stena ,Rosslare / Cherbourg
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Posted: 26.03.2018  ·  #84
Rosslare to roscoff is the route I use. However they only operate during summer. May until end September I think
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Waiting in the Aire at Cherbourg for tonights IF sailing I've had a look at the costs of the Spain/France border to here part of my route.
Toll as far as Bordeaux = €20.10
Bordeaux - Nantes (tolls end) = 40.00
I had the time so took non toll route for that section.
Total distance = 865kms
Fuel cost depends on mpg and price per litre.
Current average price in Spain = €1.16 (Cespa, Irun)
Current average price in France = €1.35 supermarkets, €1.45 ordinary service stations, €1.55 motorway services.

Do the sums and compare cost of taking ferry to Spain.

See screenshot of recommended camping-car route and toll cost below.
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Waiting in the Aire at Cherbourg for tonights IF sailing I've had a look at the costs of the Spain/France border to here part of my route.
Toll as far as Bordeaux = €20.10
Bordeaux - Nantes (tolls end) = 40.00
I had the time so took non toll route for that section.
Total distance = 865kms
Fuel cost depends on mpg and price per litre.
Current average price in Spain = €1.16 (Cespa, Irun)
Current average price in France = €1.35 supermarkets, €1.45 ordinary service stations, €1.55 motorway services.

Do the sums and compare cost of taking ferry to Spain.

See screenshot of recommended camping-car route and toll cost below.

For me it’s about the convenience, and pet friendly cabin, yep it’s more expensive to cross from cork to Santander but driving in France in Nov is no fun and we find it’s not just diesel that is more expensive in France food shopping is also a bit more. So we would rather save the 4/5 days it normally takes us driving in France and get straight to Spain.
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Posted: 29.03.2018  ·  #87
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Sounds as good as Stena ,Rosslare / Cherbourg


Exactly. And the entertainment on Stena is hardly very entertaining so don't think you'd miss it to be honest lol.
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Has anyone travelled this yet? Is the outbound journey a bit of a chore, being so long?
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Posted: 01.05.2018  ·  #89
not yet.the first sailing is the 9th may.i see the ferry is at the moment in dry dock in santander. www.marinetraffic .com
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Quote by baguette

Waiting in the Aire at Cherbourg for tonights IF sailing I've had a look at the costs of the Spain/France border to here part of my route.
Toll as far as Bordeaux = €20.10
Bordeaux - Nantes (tolls end) = 40.00
I had the time so took non toll route for that section.
Total distance = 865kms
Fuel cost depends on mpg and price per litre.
Current average price in Spain = €1.16 (Cespa, Irun)
Current average price in France = €1.35 supermarkets, €1.45 ordinary service stations, €1.55 motorway services.

Do the sums and compare cost of taking ferry to Spain.

See screenshot of recommended camping-car route and toll cost below.

For me it’s about the convenience, and pet friendly cabin, yep it’s more expensive to cross from cork to Santander but driving in France in Nov is no fun and we find it’s not just diesel that is more expensive in France food shopping is also a bit more. So we would rather save the 4/5 days it normally takes us driving in France and get straight to Spain.


We travelled down in late October.

The day the ferry got into Cherbourg we overnighted in the Aire at St. Brice en Cogles
Next night it was just north of Bordeaux at the Aire in Saint-Romain-la-Virvée
The third night we were at the Aire in Marcilla, Spain (150km south of San Sebastian)

The driving was not 'hurried' and we arrived before dark each day.
See my blog of the whole trip >>HERE<<
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The new brittany ferries ferry connemara just arrived today in cork Freeport.it will be interesting to hear back from anyone travelling on it.,to spain .sailings start on Wednesday.
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Has anyone travelled this yet? Is the outbound journey a bit of a chore, being so long?


Not from Cork but this year for the first time in 5 yrs of wintering in Spain/Portugal we sailed to Santander from Plymouth wouldn't think it was much longer than from Cork. But for winter travel it will be our choice from now on. We do 2 x 3 mths trips to France a year and enjoy it but driving thru in Nov or March isn't
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I'll be heading back on this ship sometime in June, I was supposed to be on the inaugural sailing out off Cork last week but it was cancelled. I'll let you know what she's like.
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Id be interested in feedback, sailing Rosslare-Cherbourg this year but for next year I'd be very keen on that route.
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We took the Oscar Wilde from Rosslare last Friday. Normally 2 days will run down France to the border of Spain.
This time we went to Nantes. Poiters. Limoges. Toulouse and straight over Pyreenes down to Salou and a bit further south. About 4 days driving non toll .
Booked out in August again but no return booked as Oscar Wilde is in for service next winter I think. 28 deg here today . Just glad of some warm.weather after our iffy winter and spring.
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Enjoy Robbie.......... wish I was there.
Keep the updates coming.
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Any update from anyone who has travelled the route?
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There is a post on FB from a person who came back from Spain.
In short; no lifts but there is an escalator to the 5th floor. WiFi poor and maybe chargeable (I could not understand what was meant) no TVs working for the journey, bar not well stocked, cabins only have 2 pin plugs, restaurant was self service and not open at all times.

So pretty much what I had expected.

The poster also made an allegation the MH was broken into during the crossing.
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The poster also made an allegation the MH was broken into during the crossing.


Bugger.
The rest I can live with, but that is concerning.
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Anyone know if there's a dog deck like they have on the Pont Aven?
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I’m not sure re dog deck but I’ve booked a dog friendly cabin so I’m guessing there is.
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The poster also made an allegation the MH was broken into during the crossing.


Bugger.
The rest I can live with, but that is concerning.

Yes it sounds strange entry via roof light, toilet used, small amount of cash taken, exit via passenger door, approximately €70/80 of damage.

It’s not a concern for me as security on vehicle decks is normally great.
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The poster also made an allegation the MH was broken into during the crossing.


Bugger.
The rest I can live with, but that is concerning.

Yes it sounds strange entry via roof light, toilet used, small amount of cash taken, exit via passenger door, approximately €70/80 of damage.

It’s not a concern for me as security on vehicle decks is normally great.


Was the van parked out on the open deck or on one of the car decks?
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