If you follow me on social media then you probably noticed last week we were on a French adventure in the Dordogne. It's a part of France I haven't explored before and I was so excited to discover it with my kiddo and folks in tow. There are many ways to travel across to Europe but when embarking on a glamping trip it made perfect sense travel to France in style with Brittany Ferries, enjoying the journey and make it part of our adventure.
I've never really travelled on a ferry before, I can count on one hand how many times I've been on any sort of boat, and although my Grandad sailed around the world twice in his youth, providing excellent bedtime stories when I was a little girl, I can't say I've inherited his sea legs.
Being so close to the coast and embarking on our first Glamping experience with Glisten Camping, I knew it would be a good idea to take a car so we could load it up and not worry about the hidden add-on luggage fees that bump up air fare or the guilt over our carbon footprint.
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We opted to sail overnight with Brittany Ferries from Plymouth to Roscoff on the Pont-Aven, one of the many routes they operate to cross the English Channel, and my first impression of the ferry was its sheer size! It was enormous and certainly gave the feel of a cruise like crossing with its numerous decks and cabins situated on board.
Quickly dropping our bags into our four berth cabin, which includes your own bathroom, TV, hanging space and tea making facilities, we headed onto the outdoor deck to watch the sun set as we sailed away from shore. F could not have been more excited and it was such a beautiful moment watching him gaze out to sea on his maiden voyage as the last of the golden embers touched the horizon.
We decided to eat in the elegant Le Flora, one of the ships two restaurants, for our evening meal. Tables laid with white linen and silver cutlery gave us a cruise like experience rather than a ferry crossing and there was a huge array of dishes to choose from, you could even watch the chef's cooking up a storm. I opted for a glass of bubbly and fresh prawn salad while F had his eyes on the scrumptious desserts, and for those who weren't in the mood for fine dining there was a fab buffet bar available too.
I was worried that F might get bored and we would be stuck for things to do but with the choice of a spa treatment room, bar, cinema, games room, swimming pool, children's play area and shops there was plenty to keep us entertained during our journey.
We ended the evening at the Le Grand Pavious Bar watching a singer perform and a magician entertain the children as they boogied on the dance floor. I was thankful for a smooth crossing as it made for a restful sleep before waking in Roscoff and it felt great being able to relax while travelling. We woke feeling refreshed for our drive and we would definitely choose to travel by Brittany Ferries again. You can check out the other routes to France and Spain here so you can plan your journey too.
Have you ever travelled using a ferry?*We would like to thank Brittany Ferries for inviting us to travel on board the Pont-Aven and Armorique.