Spent a happy afternoon in the Mary Rose attraction in the dockyard - well worth a visit and much enhanced since I last saw it a few years back, even interested Mrs Nottingham!
Could not persuade Mrs N to sample BFs food outlets after the previous experience in the PA self service - we dined very well in the Loch Fyne restaurant in Gunwharf Quays
Outbound early boarding worked for us - got put on deck 3, loads of room although we were parked between 2 pillars.
Cabin 6465 (a basic inside 4-berth) spotlessly clean and provided a very comfortable nights sleep (a relief after our last experience on Pont Aven from Plymouth)
Evening entertainment was ok, we watched 'Cover Duo' over a few drinks in a very quiet main bar
Disembarkation next morning seemed 'slow', weather was grey and damp, contrary to the BBC weather forecast!
After visiting Intermarche at Le Decouverte and Carrefour at La Madeleine to select wines for home we spent most the day walking in the Intramuros, thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Le Castello under the ramparts - a really authentic Pizzeria with a French twist, and a drink in the 'Coin' bar, looking at the sign and toy doll displays.
As the weather brightened we drove over the barrage to Dinard and had a bracing afternoon promenade along the beaches, collecting 'sandwiches' for supper later from a local boulangerie.
Early boarding worked for us again, this time put on the ramp near the bow doors - the furthest you could be from our 6465 cabin, which was retained for our return trip - we thought this very convenient
Entertainment was a repeat of the previous night, with the addition of a soloist called Kenny J. I'm afraid we thought him a bit dire by BF standards
Docked next morning to the belated schedule of 8.45, passing MSM on the way out. Good views of the dockyard and HMS Queen Elizabeth. Disembarkation and unloading was slow, 9.30 by the time we cleared the under-staffed, stressed Border controls
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable day trip, thanks to the BFE offer!