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  2. You are joking, someone lose their job? Only if they have pay off.
  3. If you book the lounge on the direction when the sun is the opposite side, saying you book a seat returing to Poole when the sun is on the port side - gonna be pretty dark in there. Maybe the walls are temporary, and just serving as a smarter screen than plain board.
  4. The lounge is on the starboard side.
  5. I think one can expect someone to lose either their job or at very least their council seat next time the elections come around. I doubt the locals will forget this fiasco in a hurry. Ed.
  6. Which side is the lounge? The sun will be portside in the morning and portside coming back in the evening.
  7. Yes - but the ship will have turned around. Once the ship gets out of Poole harbour and heads south, I don't suppose that there will be any sun in the mornings, either.
  8. Come on it's all funded by the public service and/or a quango and managed by a council. What more can one expect?
  9. Yesterday
  10. Not sure if they'll have the marshalls on board. About four or five walking around.
  11. Having served in and then worked with the military all my adult life myself and my family are quite used to 'enhanced' security checks and therefore perhaps have a higher tolerance for delays etc. These days seem to be heading back to the way we were in the eighties and nineties at the height of the IRA, and other, atrocities. So we will smile sweetly, answer questions politely and as we are asked/ told and get on the ship/ out of the port when we do. No point in getting wound up, it does nobody any good. John
  12. This is what I wondered, going by the artists impression, looked light and airy. That lounge will only get the sun on the outward crossing, that is the darker side coming back as the sun has moved across.
  13. I wonder if the walling off of the lounge is temporary while they carry out the installation work?
  14. It was - ton of chocolate to get through now...😊
  15. What they call a 'Good Day Out' then Brigitte. Glad you enjoyed it. Colin
  16. I stayed in the Premier Inn in Portsmouth on the Thursday night, caught the NEX at 09.00, but got to the port early at at 07.00. Lovely weather, and nice sitting in the terminal outside looking at the ships. All boarding and security checks went smoothly and I happily settled out the back outdoor area on NEX, where I spent most of the crossing. She behaved impeccably, the sea was a millpond and it was a lovely pleasant crossing. No marshalls on board her from what I could see. Foodwise, just had sandwich and coffees. Wifi proved impossible to use outbound because the log in screen did not load properly and stayed entirely blank, the box to type in the log-in code did not load. That aside, the trip was lovely and pleasant, the staff were all very polite and friendly. Arrival in Cherbourg wad pretty straightforward, there was the normal cursory check at the passport going through customs. I went upstairs as I had an hour to wait before being picked up so I could see Barfleur arriving, and use the port wifi to do a bit of catching up, before being picked up to go to Crisbeq (think I spelt that properly). Beautiful weather all day and spent a few hours poking around bunkers and admiring the lovely French countryside. It was nice to see my friend's children again, he brought them along. Crisbeq very interesting, could have done with another hour or so there, though, but time was limited due to having to get back for the return journey. Back at the terminal, customs checks and boarding were pretty straightforward, nothing more than usual, just a bag search. Armed marshals were walking about on Barfleur, they were just walking around and I didn't feel intimidated or anything, because I expected them to be there, and knew why they were there. Also passengers were being given a factsheet at the point where boarding cards were issued explaining the presence of these marshals. I felt indifferent to them to be honest, I wasn't worried or frightened of their presence. Something in this day and age that is unfortunately necessary. Barfleur, her usual impeccable self, lovely millpond sea again, went to look at the new lounge, but they have built/walled it in and there were closed doors so could no see in. I thought it was going to be glass walled, so possibly could be a little claustrophobic in there if it is completely walled in? Not sure about it at the moment and it isn't finished yet so probably too early to judge. Games planet has moved and that looks ok where it is now. Wifi not as bad as on NEX, where access was impossible, but very slow. Foodwise on Barfy, excluding the three Toblerones and biscuits I bought in the shop, went for the chicken tandoori with rice which was very pleasant, very enjoyable, thought it would make a change from my usual salads. Will have that again! All in a good time out, both ferries were great - nice to see the NEX again, I do like her. Taxi back to Bournemouth...🙂
  17. Last week
  18. Hythe Scene will be on the run tomorrow (Friday) I believe.
  19. An interesting move. I wonder if people are prepared to pay a premium for what is a very short passage? Time will tell. Perhaps in the height of summer to escape screaming kids? It looks very nice though and they seem to be copying some of Wightlink ideas by having more lounge orientated furniture such as sofas and armchairs. I think this works well on St Claire.
  20. Red Funnel have become the first Isle of Wight operator to offer a premium lounge onboard Red Falcon and Red Osprey, called the 'Signature Lounge' http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/signature
  21. Booked on Barfleur tomorrow. Just heard from BF that all pre arranged bridge tours are cancelled in light of recent events. Completely reasonable and rational. Wont lie - I am a touch disappointed....
  22. And a darn sight more interesting than going by air...Look forward to the trip reports. Enjoy
  23. Just come off NEX and the security for footies at Cherbourg and Portsmouth for us footies was just a basic normal check of passports and luggage through a scanner. Same as always for footies.
  24. I think that's called being misquoted!
  25. It's once again a good time to warn members and guests against booking a room at the Travelodge 'Chichester Emsworth' if heading to the Portsmouth CFT. This hotel is on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 and travelling to Portsmouth involves going first to Chichester and back, an additional journey of around 14 miles all told just to pass where you started. (A Round trip to Chichester and back is 22 miles.) Foot pax please note that there is no pedestrian access to Emsworth Station or indeed Emsworth itself. (This annual warning issued as usual after some poor soul ended up unable to reach their accommodation without an expensive cab ride.)
  26. Sounds like quite an adventure - look forward to hearing more
  27. As a result of a combination of family obligations and work commitments, I will use 4 different ferries from 3 different companies over next week. My trip will start with Barfleur bound for Cherbourg on Saturday morning. Not my first choice but all the overnight crossings to France are fully booked on Friday night. After spending one night in Brittany, I will head back to Cherbourg to catch the Stena Line crossing to Rosslare onboard Stena Horizon on sunday pm. I'm fully stocked with books and DVDs to avoid boredom on this long crossing. I booked a 4 berth outside cabin. After a few days on the emerald island, I will travel back to Brittany onboard the Oscar Wilde to Roscoff on Wednesday. I booked a 2 berth outside. Although this ferry is quite old now, it is a very pleasant ship. Finally, I will travel back to Plymouth with Armorique on the following sunday afternoon. I will report on my trip the following week.
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