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Scenic sights of France and Northern Spain

Explore, savour, and embrace France and Spain’s treasures.

Ship: Ambition View 360° TourView 360° Tour
Departs From: Bristol Royal Portbury
Sets Sail: May 23, 2024
Duration: 10 nights
ORCA
Cruise Code: A22499BR

You might have been expecting our Round Britain & France Discovery itinerary; however, this departure date hasn’t been as popular as we had hoped. We have therefore been hard at work to create an alternative itinerary that we know guests will find more inspiring. If you're still looking for a Round Britain & France sailing, please click here.

Each port on this new sailing unveils captivating scenes and character. You will begin in Cherbourg, steeped in naval heritage and Renaissance charm, sailing onto Le Verdon on the west coast of France with sandy beaches and Gallic allure, a coastal haven to enchant. Getxo is a gastronome's paradise near Bilbao, offering culinary delights amidst vibrant Basque culture, followed by Gijón and its waterfront splendour, seamlessly blending history and modernity. Your final port of call in Spain will be El Ferrol, an off-the-beaten-path gem in Spain's northwest region, revealing unique architecture and a maritime legacy at the Museo Naval Ferrol. Explore, savour, and embrace France and Spain’s treasures before a final stop at St. Mary’s, the largest and most populous island of the Isles of Scilly, and then home.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Cherbourg
Cherbourg, one of the great Channel ports, has a remarkable maritime and naval history. Today, it is a vibrant, cultured, and quintessentially French city, with its Renaissance-inspired Italian theatre, art and history museums, basilica, Ravalet Castle, and the legendary Cité de la Mer, the second-largest artificial harbour in the world.

Le Verdon
The small resort town of Le Verdon-sur-Mer is legendary for its magnificent sandy beaches, which front both the Atlantic and the Gironde estuary. Meanwhile, the town itself is charmingly gallic, featuring some rustic restaurants, the beautiful 19th-century Church of Notre-Dame du Bon Secours et Saint-Louis, and the nearby lighthouse and museum at Pointe de Grave.

Getxo
Just 20 minutes from Bilbao, Getxo is a gastronome’s paradise, with countless fish and seafood restaurants, bistros offering traditional Basque cuisine, and bars serving tasty pintxos. Culture vultures will find plenty to savour too as they wander through a diverse and traditional town packed with varied enclaves bursting with colour and character.

Gijón
With a stunning waterfront on the Cantabrian Sea, Gijón offers a unique blend of maritime traditions, historic buildings, and modern urban design. Here you will find architecture dating back to the Roman era, including the Campo Valdés Baths, as well as many other attractions, including a Railway Museum, Bioparc Aquarium, Atlantic Botanical Garden and much, much more.

El Ferrol
Set amid stunning countryside in Spain’s north-west, the coastal city of Ferrol is far from the tourist trail. With its unique architecture, intriguing history, and delicious food, it gives you a glimpse into the real Spain and into the country’s remarkable maritime history via the absorbing Museo Naval Ferrol.

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Itinerary

Date Port Arrive Depart  
23/05/24 Bristol Royal Portbury (United Kingdom) - 1700
24/05/24 Falmouth (United Kingdom) 0845 1900
25/05/24 Cherbourg (France) 0800 1800
26/05/24 at sea (At Sea) 0000 0000
27/05/24 Le Verdon, for Bordeaux (France) 0800 1800
28/05/24 Getxo, for Bilbao (Spain) 0800 1800
29/05/24 Gijon (Spain) 0800 1800
30/05/24 El Ferrol, for Santiago de Compostela (Spain) 0800 1800
31/05/24 at sea (At Sea) 0000 0000
01/06/24 Land by launch or tenderSt. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom) 0800 1630
02/06/24 Bristol Royal Portbury (United Kingdom) 0700 -
Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

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Junior Suite

Cabin Info

Cabin category - JS Deck 10
2-4 Guests

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50% saver discount
£1479 per person
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£1861 per person
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Cabin Size 226-237sq ft/21-22sq m
Average Balcony Size 54sq ft/5sq m
Located on Ambassador Deck 10, there are 38 Junior Suites with a sitting area and a private balcony. They have twin beds, and the majority can be converted to double bed. These cabins are twin occupancy and have a shower only en-suite. Cabins on Ambassador Deck 10 all have a shower over bath while cabins on Sun Deck 12 have a dressing room.

Junior Suite Single

Cabin Info

Cabin category - JSS Deck 10
1 Guest

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50% saver discount
£2209 per person
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£2591 per person
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Average Cabin Size 237sq ft/22sq m
Average Balcony Size 54sq ft/5sq m
Located on Ambassador Deck 10, there are 10 Junior Suite Single cabins with a sitting area, private balcony, and a shower over bath. They have twin beds, and the majority can be converted to double bed.

Superior Junior Suite

Cabin Info

Cabin category - SJS Deck 12/10
2-4 Guests

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55% off
55% saver discount
£1559 per person
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£1941 per person
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Cabin Size 226-237sq ft/21-22sq m
Balcony Size 54sq ft/5sq m
Located on Sun deck 12 and Ambassador Deck 10, there are 36 Superior Junior Suites with a sitting area and a private balcony. They have twin beds, and the majority can be converted to double bed. These cabins are twin occupancy and have a shower only en-suite, cabins on Ambassador Deck 10 have a shower over bath while cabins on Sun Deck 12 have a dressing room.

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 12103, 12105, 12107, 12109, 12111, 12115, 12117, 12104, 12106, 12108, 12110, 12114, 12116, 12118

Most cabins in this grade have a separate shower cubicle, however cabins 1051, 1050, 1049, 1048, 1047, 1046, 1045, 1044, 1043, 1042, 1041, 1040, 1039, 1038, 1037, 1036, 1035, 1034, 1033, 1032, 1031, 1030, 1029, 1028, 1027, 1026, 1025, 1024, 1023, 1022, 1021, 1020 have a shower over bath. 

Premium Suite

Cabin Info

Cabin category - PS Deck 12/7
2-5 Guests

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55% off
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£2049 per person
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£2431 per person
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Cabin Size 280-398sq ft/26-37sq m
Balcony Size 54-248sq ft/5-23sq m
Located Sun Deck 12 to Boat Deck 7, there are 13 Premium Suites all with a lounge area and, with the exception of 12119 & 12121, a walk-in wardrobe. They all have double beds that cannot be converted to a twin bed configuration. All have a double sofa bed that can accommodate a third and/or fourth guest. Eight of these suites also comprise a separate bedroom with a single bed. 

Most cabins in this grade have a separate shower cubicle, however cabins 12122, 12102 and 12101 have a shower over bath. 

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 12101, 12102, 12119, 12120, 12122, 1126, 1129, 9216, 9223, 8214, 8225, 7147, 7146

De Luxe Suite

Cabin Info

Cabin category - DS Deck 8/7
2-4 Guests

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55% off
55% saver discount
£2389 per person
Full £5249 Save £2860

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£2771 per person
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Cabin Size 452-506sq ft/42-47sq m
Balcony Size 118-161sq ft/11-15sq m
Located on Ambition deck 8 and Boat deck 7, there are six De Luxe Suites with a walk-in wardrobe and a separate lounge area, as well as a second flat-screen television in the bedroom. They all have double beds that cannot be converted to a twin bed configuration, and all have a double sofa bed that can accommodate a third and/or fourth guest.

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 8216, 8218, 8227, 7149, 7148, 7150

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Premium Balcony

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 16 Deck 12/9
2-3 Guests

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50% saver discount
£1399 per person
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50% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1781 per person
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Cabin Size 161-183sq ft/15-17sq m
Balcony Size 43-65sq ft/4-6sq m
Located on Ambassador Deck 10 and Consulate Deck 9 are 12 Premium Balcony twin cabins, which can be converted to a double bed. They also have a sofa bed that can accommodate a third guest.

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 1128, 1130, 1132, 1131, 1133, 1135, 9218, 9220, 9222, 9225, 9227, 9229

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Standard Twin Ocean View

Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 6 Deck 7
2 Guests

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50% saver discount
£749 per person
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50% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1131 per person
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Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 39 Standard Ocean View Twin Cabins cabins with partially/fully obstructed views and the majority can be converted to a double bed.

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 7040, 7042, 7044, 7046, 7048, 7050, 7052, 7054, 7056, 7058, 7060, 7062, 7064, 7066, 7068, 7070, 7072, 7074, 7076

Standard Single Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 6S Deck 7
1 Guest

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50% saver discount
£1089 per person
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£1471 per person
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Average Cabin Size 118sq ft/11sq m
Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 13 Standard Single Ocean View Cabins with partially/fully obstructed views and have a single bed.

Standard Twin Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 7 Deck 7
2-4 Guests

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50% saver discount
£819 per person
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£1201 per person
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Cabin Size 140-151sq ft/13-14sq m
Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 34 Standard Ocean View Twin Cabins with a picture window ocean view and they can all be converted to a double bed. Some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Standard Plus Twin Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 8 Deck 8
2-4 Guests

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50% saver discount
£849 per person
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£1231 per person
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Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Ambition Deck 8, there are 58 Standard Plus Ocean View Twin Cabins with a picture window ocean view. They can all be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Superior Twin Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 9 Deck 8
2-4 Guests

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50% saver discount
£859 per person
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£1241 per person
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Cabin Size 140-161sq ft/13-15sq m
Located on Ambition Deck 8, there are 49 Superior Ocean View Twin Cabins with a picture window ocean view. They can all be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Superior Single Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 10S Deck 8
1 Guest

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55% off
55% saver discount
£1169 per person
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£1551 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Ambition Deck 8, there are 13 Superior Single Ocean View Cabins with a picture window ocean view that have been allocated for single occupancy use.

Superior Plus Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 11 Deck 9
2 Guests

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50% saver discount
£869 per person
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50% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1251 per person
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Cabin Size 140-161sq ft/13-15sq m
Located on Consulate Deck 9, there are 57 Superior Plus Ocean View Twin Cabins with a picture window ocean view. They can be converted to a double bed.

Premium Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 12 Deck 10/9
2-4 Guests

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50% saver discount
£909 per person
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50% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1291 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located mid ship on Ambassador Deck 10 and Consulate Deck 9, there are 68 Premium Ocean View Twin Cabins with a picture window ocean view, and they can all be converted to a double bed. Some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Premium Single Ocean View

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 12S Deck 9
1 Guest

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55% off
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£1249 per person
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£1631 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Consulate Deck 9, there are 18 Premium Single Ocean View Cabins with a picture window ocean view that have been allocated for single occupancy use.

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Standard Twin Inner

Inside Cabin

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 1 Deck 7
2-4 Guests

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45% saver discount
£619 per person
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£1001 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 20 Standard Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Standard Single Inner

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 1S Deck 7
1 Guest

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50% off
50% saver discount
£829 per person
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£1211 per person
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Cabin Size 86-118sq ft/8-11sq m
Located on Boat Deck 7, there are six Standard Single Inner Cabins that have been allocated for single occupancy use and have a single bed.

Standard Plus Twin Inner

Inside Cabin

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 2 Deck 8
2-4 Guests

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45% saver discount
£679 per person
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45% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1061 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Boat Deck 8, there are 44 Standard Plus Twin Inner Cabins. They can be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Superior Twin Inner

Inside Cabin

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 3 Deck 9/8
2-4 Guests

saver Fare

45% saver discount
£689 per person
Full £1289 Save £600

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45% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1071 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m 
(205sq ft/19sq m for wheelchair accessible cabins)

Located on Consulate Deck 9 and Ambition Deck 8, there are 95 Superior Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed and most have a third and/or fourth upper berth. 9052 and 9051 are equipped for guests with specific mobility limitations and their companions.

Premium Twin Inner

Inside Cabin

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 4 Deck 10/9
2-4 Guests

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45% saver discount
£739 per person
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45% saver discount Includes our top Ambassador Expedition Drinks Package
£1121 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Ambassador Deck 10 and Consulate Deck 9, there are 57 Premium Twin Inner Cabins, and they can all be converted to a double bed. Some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Premium Single Inner

Inside Cabin

Cabin Info

Cabin category - 5S Deck 10/9
1 Guest

saver Fare

50% off
50% saver discount
£1019 per person
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£1401 per person
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Average Cabin Size 140sq ft/13sq m
Located on Ambassador Deck 10 and Consulate Deck 9, there are 18 Premium Single Inner Cabins that have been allocated for single occupancy use.

Please note the following cabins have fixed double beds which cannot be converted to twins: 12112, 12121, 12124

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Priority for complimentary cabin upgrades

Cruise passage onboard Ambience • Cabin accommodation in guest’s chosen category • Full board cuisine • Welcome and farewell Captain’s cocktail party (6 nights or more) • Captain’s gala dinner • Evening entertainment • Daytime activities programme • Informative guest speakers (6 nights or more) • Wide range of entertainment and daytime activities including • Fitness, dance and wellness classes • Use of gym, swimming pools and hot tubs • Spa access • Porterage of luggage between the port and cabin • All port taxes. • GBP sterling is the currency onboard. • Flexible cancellation policies.
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Speakers & Acts

Shaun Wallace

Speaker

Shaun Wallace, renowned as The Dark Destroyer on ITV's THE CHASE, is not just a quizmaster but also a successful barrister with notable cases. Having won Mastermind in 2004 and ranked 286th in the World Quizzing Championships in 2012, Shaun is a senior criminal defence advocate and part-time lecturer, specializing in environmental law and safety regulations. A member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Jamaican Bar since 1999, Shaun published his autobiography, CHASING THE DREAM, in 2018, sharing insights into his life and determination. Despite successful tours promoting his book, he remains dedicated to his legal career and is currently working on his next publication.

David Winpenny

Speaker

David Winpenny is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and has been a regular tour guide for Historic Houses Association Friends and other special-interest groups. His fascination with architectural and garden history has always encompassed the odder and quirkier aspects – his book ‘Up to a Point’ is about pyramids from the 17th to the 21st century in Britain and Ireland. He has recently added a talk on the history of Country House visiting to his portfolio. He is also interested in other matters - among his other talks are one on the tragedy of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, another on 19th-century scientist and eccentric Charles Piazzi Smyth, one on the history and music of British coronations and another on literary hoaxes. He has written guide books and books of walks for the AA, and has also written for the BBC Countryfile magazine. David graduated in English at the University of Birmingham and worked as a teacher and as a campaign co-ordinator and press officer for both central and local government. He now works as a writer and lecturer. He lives in Ripon in the North of England, where he is a Vice-President of the Civic Society and where he and his late wife Sheila founded a music competition for young people. David has been a contestant on BBC Radio's ‘Brain of Britain’ quiz and has twice taken part in BBC's Mastermind quiz, reaching the final in 1999. 

Irene Hilsdon

Irene Hilsdon

Craft - Mixed Craft

Irene is well known for her paintings of animals and birds and has made a successful career as an animal artist, completing commissions for individuals as well as exhibiting at The Alnmouth Arts Festival and The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art on the Wirral.  Her other passion is teaching and for many years has been teaching beginners the joys of pastel, pastel pencils, ink and watercolour painting through weekly classes, workshops and demonstrations.   After many years of crafting as a hobby and always looking to gain more skills, Irene began teaching Art and Craft on cruise ships in 2015. 

ORCA

ORCA is one of the UK’s leading whale and dolphin conservation charities, dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the world. Ocean Conservationists will be showcasing the incredible diversity of wildlife that can be spotted from the deck, helping everyone learn more about the marine environment around them whilst collecting vital data about whales, dolphins and porpoises to contribute to their protection. Whilst on board, the team will be delivering activities to help guests learn more about these amazing animals as well as the threats they face, including the Ambassador & ORCA pledge and the first ever cruise "Anti-whaling" campaign.

What to expect... The Bay of Biscay is an incredibly productive area for a variety of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The voyage will take us through the productive waters of the continental shelf edge in the northern Bay, and important area for migrating fin whales, and across the deep-sea trenches off northern Spain, an area particularly important for elusive and deep diving beaked whales. 
 
This is also an important area to monitor for the impacts of ship strikes - one of the biggest threats to large whales in the area.

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