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  1. True enough but I don't suppose the ferry companies allow for that any more than they do for being able to fully open the side doors when parked in the lanes.
  2. The thing is, though, they can't really expect people to park in areas as low as 6'1"" as lots of people are taller than that these days so they would need to issue hard hats. There must be a reasonable margin for passenger safety so I suspect setting the bar at 6' is just a money making ruse.
  3. Thanks Gareth, I didn't realise we were benefitting from an anomoly last year as it was our first holiday in Spain at that time of year. cap fin 67, I don't know what the story is with Cap Finistere. When I was told that we wouldn't be able to sail back to Plymouth I thought was that we could maybe make the best of it with a chance to try Cap Fin for the first time but unfortunately the lady told me the only options for departures from Santander and Bilbao mid November were BDS and the Pont. Admittedly she was working with a provisional sailing schedule so not finalised as yet.
  4. Although next year’s sailing schedule hasn’t been released yet I fear we Plymouth ferry users need to brace ourselves for a poor service again this winter. Today I called the holiday reservations team to price up a winter sun break in Spain leaving Plymouth mid October and returning from Santander in mid November. Unfortunately I was told that there will not be any sailings on the Plymouth Santander route this November as the Pont will be covering for the Cap on the Portsmouth route. Not sure when the Plymouth Santander service normally ends for the winter but I know it was running on the 21st November 2016 as we were booked on it. Ah well, an extra 5 hours chugging up the channel followed by an extra 3.5 hours driving home.
  5. We have often boarded early with our motorhome on the Thursday evening Pont Aven sailing. Usually we are sent straight up the middle of deck 3 between the two bulkheads. A bit of a close fit but it does mean a speedy exit on arrival as it is one of the first spaces to be cleared.
  6. Sorry, I don't know about Hoseasons but I know that you did need a passport to visit France. However, a one year British Visitor's Passport could be used for western Europe at that time. You could buy one quite cheaply over the counter at a main post office providing you showed proof of identity.
  7. For an excellent view over Plymouth Sound, the city and across to Dartmoor for a small fee you may ascend the spiral staircase within Devonport Column to access the viewing gallery.. It can be quite bracing up there. Before climbing the base steps to the foot of the column remember to collect your entry pass from the community bakery in the Guildhall (next to the column).
  8. Perhaps the availability of shore-side staff, immigration officers etc to receive ferries at relatively short notice has a bearing on choice of port to divert to.
  9. All looking good, thank you. I like the advert with the "book now" button as it will remind me to book through this site, something I'd sometimes forget before when the booking facility was less obvious.
  10. Fair enough, but the wording on the website cabin description for the Armorique Club Plus regarding the complimentary breakfast offer is different to that for the MSM, Normandie and PA premium cabins. I wonder why that is?
  11. Excellent. I'll bear it in mind next time we book a morning crossing.
  12. Thing is though, Neil, will you actually get a complimentary breakfast? According to the Armorique cabin description on the website this perk is only available on overnight crossings. I'd be interested to know the answer to this as it would influence my own future bookings.
  13. Yes, but no outside 2 berths so if you want a window you have to pay for a 4 berth club cabin.
  14. My main observation is that while the general ambience of the ship is ok in daylight it takes on a very gloomy appearance at night with weary lighting levels in which the blue green colour scheme looks ghastly. Add in the chilly air conditioning and the uninspiring bar area and it isn't the best start to a holiday.
  15. Khaines, you are a tonic, I never thought I'd see Arm described as lovely. First time I clapped eyes on her my heart sank, I thought she was built like a brick outhouse but I must admit she's grown on me. I travel on her regularly and have come to appreciate her solidity; in rough conditions its nice to think there's nowt flimsy about her.