7 June 2011

2011 Whale Watching in the Bay of Biscay

Spot whales in the Bay of Biscay with Brittany Ferries' on the largest whale-watching boat on earth!

This summer Brittany Ferries is offering wildlife lovers the opportunity to take a unique wildlife cruise to Spain, travelling through some of the best waters on earth for spotting whales and dolphins. Marine conservation experts from the School Of Whales will help passengers look out for all kinds of marine life from the best vantage points on board Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry.

Expert whale biologist and School of Whales guide Dylan Walker says: “Whale watching with Brittany Ferries is the perfect combination. The chance to see whales and dolphins in the wild onboard a ship that offers considerable luxury and comfort at a reasonable price. To be able to go whale and dolphin watching from the south coast of England is a treat that most people just don’t realise is possible. Within a day’s sailing of Portsmouth we regularly find ourselves surrounded by huge pods of dolphins and enormous whales – it’s a magical experience.”

“The Bay of Biscay is such an undiscovered wilderness that we are still learning more about the whales and dolphins that live there on every trip. By joining us you can help us to continue to record sightings and take photographs, as we begin to piece together the mysteries of some of the rarest and least known whales on earth!”

The cruises will be fun as well as enlightening. During the trip the expert guides from School of Whales will carry out whale and dolphin spotting watches on deck helping passengers spot these amazing animals in their natural habitat. There will also be a range of colourful wildlife presentations and activities. On-board passengers will enjoy a range of bars and lounges as well as shopping and entertainment and fine French dining. And on arrival in Spain the ship docks right in the centre Santander, and there’s just enough time to explore this vibrant seaside resort before getting back on board and heading back out to sea.

These two night trips depart from Portsmouth on 21st June; 5th & 12th July; and 2nd, 16th, 23rd & 30th August, with prices starting from only £155 per person, including comfortable en suite cabin accommodation.

After leaving Portsmouth, passengers will cruise through the English Channel before crossing the Bay of Biscay, a vast ocean landscape and one of the world’s most important habitats for whales and dolphins. Plunging to depths of up to four kilometres, this mysterious sea area has recently begun to reveal its secrets - including the fact that it is home to over twenty species of cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) ranging in size from the harbour porpoise, which is no bigger than a dog, to the mightily blue whale – the largest living animal on earth.

For more information visit the Brittany Ferries Whale Watching Page