Have just returned from this 2 night getaway to St Malo to celebrate my birthday having previously enjoyed a similar trip to the same destination in February. This time however, we decided to sample Brittany Ferries' gourmet cruise offering, which in addition to two nights accommodation on the ship, gives you a 4 course meal in the main restaurant onboard, as well as a great 3 course lunch in the Café l'Ouest, a 15 minute walk from the port
I have to say that the overall package is very hard to fault. We decided to book the gourmet cruise on the recommendation of other passengers we had spoken to on our previous trip and we weren't disappointed. In my opinion £115 per person represents outstanding value for 2 nights in an upgraded club cabin with a TV, window and tea/coffee facilities when you would struggle to get one night in a decent hotel in the UK for a similar price without food. The meal onboard was superb; with huge choice and great service it puts plenty of more expensive restaurants to shame and its quality alone made the trip worthwhile. Lunch in Café l'Ouest was also very pleasant served by friendly staff: making an effort to speak a little French to the locals seems to go a long way!
We travelled on a different ship this time, the Bretagne having previously sampled the Pont Aven. I understand the Bretagne is much older and was certainly smaller than its more modern fleetmate, but myself and my partner actually much preferred it. The slightly smaller size seemed to give the ship more atmosphere, (in our opinion) with a nicer restaurant and better show bar at the rear and just seemed more comfortable overall proving that newer doesn't necessarily mean better. It definitely didn't feel like an old ship and also seemed to handle a force 8 gale pretty well which is always a plus at this time of year!
So overall then a very enjoyable and good value couple of nights away on a clean ship in pleasant surroundings with great food. Its definitely worthwhile upgrading your cabin if you can as we found it to be much nicer having a window and a TV available; inside cabins we have had in the past have been slightly claustrophobic, although fine for just one night. The ship felt more like a mini cruise ship than a cross channel ferry and for the money its hard to fault the overall experience. St Malo too, is a very pleasant town although it would be even better in warm dry weather!
To be recommended...
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