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  1. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    She's due back in Portsmouth on Monday (weather permitting) between 1200 and 1400 with her commissioning set for the 7th December.
  2. Baie de Seine Seakeeping

    Haven't been down to Spain on her yet, but I was onboard during a very rough crossing to Esbjerg with @Phil Ka few years back which she handled well (cabin rattle aside!).
  3. VOYAGE: Magazine

    Its Winter Voyage time again! http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?eid=cad38f78-4907-4d50-b758-9d8c239cfa8f
  4. BF Refits 2017-18

    Some great photos of Armorique and Normandie Express together in Le Havre over at MeretMarine: https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/brittany-ferries-larmorique-au-havre-pour-quelques-semaines
  5. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    The winter schedule for the Caen and St Malo route starts today: - The Caen layover day switches from a Wednesday to a Friday - The Pont-Aven returns to the St Malo route, which will operate selected sailings up to the 7th December, after which she will replace the Bretagne until the Spring.
  6. Timothy

    The cakes in 'Timothy' have to be seen to be believed, and even put the buffet to shame! If you are visiting St Malo I would thoroughly recommend visiting this little gem. Timothy is a Creperie - Restaurant - Salon de The and is located in Intra Muros on 7 Rue de la Vieille Bouucherie.
  7. BF Refits 2017-18

    Not forgetting that the Pont-Aven will also be undergoing works whilst alongside in Santander between the 23rd November and 6th December. This will primarily be a technical refit with her engines, generators, scrubbers, mooring decks, cargo doors and LSA & FFA all receiving attention.
  8. Pre-order Breakfast

    It's always a trade off between getting up for breakfast or having longer in bed. The rush for breakfast usually starts once the announcement to vacate cabins has been made, and as you say large queues will tend to put people off, so the more options available the better. This is a similar initiative to that onboard the Armorique where it's possible to get breakfast from the bar. I agree that the P&O North sea cabin service is an excellent idea. Its a shame the Caen route doesn't have any Club4 cabins but with all cabins on the Honfleur having TV's I doubt we'll see them anytime soon.
  9. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Brittany Ferries have sent us the following statement in response to some of the concerns surrounding sustainability of the LNG fueling system:
  10. Parking in St Malo

    Parking in Ouistreham is now chargeable: Duration Fee Up to 2 hours FREE 2-6 hours 1.50 Euros/hour 6-14 hours 0.80 Euros/hour 14-24 hours 5 Euros Additional 24 hours 5 Euros 7 days 25 Euros After 7 days 3 Euros/day 30 days 75 Euros After 30 days 1.50 Euros/day Lost ticket 100 Euros
  11. From the IF booking engine it already appears that the first sailing has slipped back from the 6th July to the 12th July.
  12. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Press Release No greener fuel storage in ports? No problem for Brittany Ferries’ LNG powered ferry Brittany Ferries is setting sail for a sustainable future, led by an LNG-powered ferry called Honfleur. To be delivered in 2019, she will come with an innovative fuel delivery and storage system to help navigate a way around the absence of LNG storage in ports. In doing so Honfleur will address a question common to companies throughout the transport sector: can you deliver a vehicle powered by a cleaner fuel without the refuelling infrastructure? When delivered Honfleur will be the first passenger ship in the world to be equipped with on board cranes that allow 40 feet (ISO standard) LNG containers to be lifted into a fixed position. These containers will be transported by truck to Ouistreham(Caen) from an LNG terminal at Dunkerque. Driven on board, they will be hoisted into position alongside a fixed LNG storage tank located at the rear of the superstructure. Upon the next call at port, empty containers will be returned to waiting trucks by crane and replenished with full units. See YouTubefor animation. Power delivery will also be a step forward in fuel efficiency. Honfleur’s four main engines will feed electric generators and two electric shaft propulsion motors with two fixed pitch efficient propellers. This is a standard known by the collective name “diesel-electric-propulsion” – and is a configuration applied extensively on large cruise vessels. As well as optimising fuel consumption at reduced speeds, passengers will hear less noise and feel little vibration, making the voyage a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. “Refuelling infrastructure is key to the uptake of cleaner fuels like LNG, throughout the transport sector,” said Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries CEO. “But we cannot wait for widespread storage in ports to deliver the next generation of cleaner vessels. Our team has addressed this problem in an innovative way and combined it with more efficient power delivery. For this reason, I believe Honfleur will be the most environmentally friendly ship regularly operating in the Channel upon delivery in 2019.” Compared with diesel fuel, LNG emits less carbon dioxide during combustion and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulphur and produces very low emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. Honfleur will carry up to 1,680 passengers and will come with 257 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, boutique shopping and expansive passenger lounges. She will operate alongside Brittany Ferries’ Mont St Michel on three daily return sailings. Construction begins at the Flensburger Schiffbaushipyard in Germany in February 2018.
  13. Gremlins on forum

    Will take a look!
  14. Cork..end of season.

    Great photos! Just where has the season gone? It will be interesting to see how BF will respond to the increased challenge of Irish Ferries next year on the Ireland/France routes.