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  1. Sounds like quite an adventure - look forward to hearing more
  2. Quite often 'rather a lot' is down to paying for the handset itself. My previous bill was 37 GBP a month, 20 of which was for the handset and the remainder for the plan. That equated to 480 over 2 years for the phone, which was a saving on the 550 recommended retail price of the handset if I'd bought it outright. I'm now using the same phone elsewhere and paying 17.50 a month for unlimited calls, texts and 24 GB data and Spotify (worth 9.99 a month) is included. Everyone has different usage levels and reasons - but it's always worth shopping around.
  3. The legislation has been a long time coming - but yes, you're quite right there. It does help the parent company has interests in a lot of networks worldwide and can facilitate reciprocal arrangements.
  4. Ah pants... well, one would still hope that consumer expectations will hold quite some sway or our government (whoever that might be) introduce parallel rules themselves. Three leveraged in a number of cases where their parent company had interests in specific networks or individual deals with partners. Three offered the ability to take your plan with you, EE included an amount on some plans, and Vodafone/O2 offered to take your plan with you for a small daily charge (that of course adds up over a 2 week holiday and gets triggered if you send even a single text). The mobile market has changed quite a lot, and people will expect these services to continue. Gone are the days when you paid £25 a month for the latest subsidised handset and 120 minutes, these days you're more likely to pay for the phone in full at nearer £50 a month with much larger allowances that cost the networks only a little more to provide.
  5. I'd have thought it would only become a two ship route at the expense of Caen, and that Normandie alone would be sufficient. I expect Etretat will either be released or transferred elsewhere (replacing MN Pelican?)
  6. For Vodafone, inclusive roaming applies from 11th June. Some plans sold up until recently had a separate roaming allowance or already include roaming in the main allowance. They'll text when you get to a foreign country to confirm the charges. Although this is a result of an EU Law, remember that a) at the point of Brexit we're set to inherit EU laws until such a time as they may get repealed and b) You can bet there'll be consumer outcry if they take it away. As hf_uk says though, switch data roaming off when onboard ships as marine networks will undoubtedly not be included in the inclusive allowance due to the routing through other countries.
  7. Can't comment on the footie checks, but there are no doubt reasons for the multiple checks. BF, for example, are obliged to provide passenger lists and passport information to the authorities. But it's not their job to enforce the law - that's the job of the Frontier Police and Customs, both of whom will have their own things they are looking for (eg BF can't check for wanted criminals, who may be suspected of drug smuggling etc etc). An added factor is the need to ensure that the person in possession of a boarding card is the same one who checked in and no swapping, malicious or otherwise, has occurred. The same applies when flying, with passports and details being checked at multiple stages - right down to matching boarding cards, passports and people at the point of boarding the plane.
  8. Calais and Dunkerque both have inspections of all cars. Calais prior to check-in, Dunkerque after check-in. The checks are relatively quick and dont make a difference in Dunkerque. In Calais, it's UKBF who cause delays before check-in that mean you should allow a little more time to check-in. Dunkerque at 16.00 on a Sunday the security check took 2 minutes Calais at 16.00 on a Sunday took around 2 minutes for security - plus another 20 for UKBF who only had two lanes open. Check-in was easy as P&O had 8 lanes open after that. Go figure. I can't comment on BF ports, but will be going through Cherbourg next month.
  9. The railway was good - some stunning views. We'd actually caught the train up from Oslo to Myrdal (approx 4.5hrs) and gone from cityscape and low-lands to snow covered mountains over the course of a couple of hours - to completely reverse that in 45 minutes was quite a sight to behold. It was part of the "Norway in Nutshell" tour that you can do, although in hindsight with the bus and train after the cruise taking 3.5hrs to get to Bergen, we'd have been better off taking the catamaran which would have meant more time on the Fjords and arriving earlier in Bergen.
  10. This is a Brittany Ferries Enthusiasts website and not that of a shipping provider- please check out and ask your questions in the 'Forum' section.
  11. This photo was a short 2hr cruise from Flam to Gudvangen
  12. It's lovely - a full size cruise ship must be quite a sight in those waters!
  13. It's a P&O habit - on the Dover ships the areas outside crew cabins tend to be roped off to give them peace and quiet leaving only a small part accessible to the public.