A new high speed summer ferry crossing for Normandy to Portsmouth in the UK is due to start next month.
Brittany Ferries will begin the new service from Le Havre on 17 May and it will continue until 08 September. The boat, Normandie Express, will run on the route which will take three hours and 45 minutes and operate four days a week from Thursdays to Sundays.
â€˜Bookings have bounced back this year and we saw an opportunity to increase our range of destinations and therefore provide even greater choice for our customers,â€™ said Mike Bevens, Group Passenger Commercial Director.
The ferry company has also reinstate The Barfleur to its daily route between Poole and Cherbourg. The service was stopped in 2010 then reinstated on a trail basis in February 2011, before being withdrawn again in October 2011.
This summer will be a test for the ship and if bookings go well the plan is to keep the service running all year round.
This summer sees a lot of competition on cross Channel ferries. Brittany Ferries also has routes Caen to Portsmouth and St Malo to Portsmouth.
DFDS now has four routes from Le Havre to Portsmouth, Dieppe to Newhaven, Dunkirk to Dover and Calais to Dover while P&O has up to 46 daily crossing from Calais to Dover and newcomer MyFerryLink has 16 daily crossings from Calais to Dover.