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David Williams

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  1. Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Yes you are right, however deck 7 only has 12 cabins so is pretty small itself.
  2. Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Lovely video, if the deck numbers are consistent with the Etretat, deck 7 is the small addon at the top. It will be interesting when next years timetables come out to see what happens, I have never believed that the Normandie will end up in Le Havre, it would make more sense to use it on a Spanish route and use Connemara to supplement Etretat to give up to 3 return crossings a day.
  3. BF Refits 2017-18

    There are more expensive things to bump into at Portsmouth and part of the problem in the Pride of Portsmouth crash was a dodgy bow thruster.
  4. BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Thanks, I did include a health warning as I was too lazy to look them up properly. However I believe that the point is valid as the Economie concept includes cut down facilities compared to the cruise ferries & I am sure that will make sense on some routes / circumstances, especially those that have a high percentage of freight as the people costs will be lower and the people are on French wages. On premium or long routes it makes sense to go for the cruise concept, on shorter routes or trucking routes it may not. That said I am happy for Portsmouth - Le Havre when I am asleep and Caen - Portsmouth when I am awake ! David
  5. BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Not sure. Etretat 38 crew Barfleur 185 crew That is quite a difference in cost. I personally like the Etretat overnight, however would not use Economie during the day ! Note that both crew figures came from wikepedia so should have a bit of salt added. David
  6. BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    And back on topic, it would be easy to order a few more eflexers as Stena have an option for another 4 http://www.stenaroro.com/activities/Pages/Stena-signs-contract-for-four-new-RoPax-ferries.aspx
  7. BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    I love off topic, Wikepedia shows the owner of the Barfleur as a company called Senamanche. This is based in St Lo in the Department of Manche, Normandy. La Manche as we all know is the French version of the English Channel. In 1992, Trucklines was owned by Brittany Ferries All fun facts, but not totally on topic
  8. Club Voyage

    I note that the CV membership fee will rise by £5 in March, however in the newsletter it said 'Our team is working hard to add more benefits for members to enjoy and I hope to be able to communicate those to you soon'
  9. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    They should be starting steel cutting soon, the schedule was meant to be:- Finalising the design theme (interior) Summer 2017First steel cutting February 2018Keel laying June2018Floating out November 2018Sea trials March 2019Delivery /naming ceremony 30 April 2019Entry into service Early June 2019 I imagine that we are looking at a keel laying in the webcam https://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/brittany-ferries-honfleur-press-pack-in-english/
  10. Newbuild for Biscay

    The stena boat is due in 2020 https://www.shippax.com/en/news/brittany-ferries-confirms-charter-of-chinese-built-e-flexer-from-stena.aspx , next year there will have to be a bit of Juggling with BDS going and Normandie taking over Le Havre.
  11. An interesting discussion. However it is a free market. There are two of us and we always get a 4 berth outside cabin whether day or night. We also bring our own kettle (and water as I don't trust the water in the sinks). Having 4 pillows on 2 beds makes it more comfortable & I gave up bunks many years ago. David
  12. Etretat

    Re <<Eventually the NORMAN VOYAGER was secured and the rollercoaster of what followed of a ship arriving at the point the economy crashed has been well documented.>> The Etretat is the Norman Voyager with a new lick of paint. I use it a lot overnight from Portsmouth as you get longer in bed than on the Caen route & the car on deck 5 is easy to get to ! I recall P&O sailing out of Le Havre using the Pride of Portsmouth(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_GNV_Atlas) which was a big ship, in fact I was sailing in her when she dented a new RN ship in Portsmouth in 2002 David
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