Having made a success of weekly Portsmouth/Santander sailings operated during the summer of 2009, Brittany Ferries felt confident enough to invest in a second vessel for their fledgling route. Built as Superfast V for the Greek-owned Attica Group, this vessel comes from a series of exceptionally long and fast ferries built during the last decade for a variety of routes in Europe. She happens to be a half-sister of Seafrance Molière (formerly Superfast X) and there are some distinctive similarities such as the 'signature' Superfast funnel, and the design of the wheelhouse and bow end.
Having been overhauled in Brittany Ferries colours and renamed Cap Finistère, this impressive ship made her debut at Portsmouth in March of 2010. In addition to twice-weekly crossings to Spain, she was also earmarked for thrice-weekly trips to Cherbourg, which were partial compensation for the withdrawal of the conventional car ferry service from Poole.
Cap Finistère is quite a different offer to Pont-Aven. She was designed for Mediterranean service, hence featuring a glorious amount of sheltered outside deck space, in addition to facilities for camper van owners to effectively camp on her upper vehicle deck! Her passenger accommodation is not as extensive as her operating partner, but nevertheless is well-appointed.
With the cessation of P. & O. Ferries' rival Portmouth/Bilbao route it would be a reasonably safe bet that the market will sustain Cap Finistère for the immediate future at least.