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  1. I completely agree - would rather queue and get face to face service than using any self service check in. Also manually checking everyone in is an additional security measure
  2. Travelled to St Malo on the Bretagne and found she was still as great as ever. Boarding was a bit slow for us footies, of which there were quite a few, due to having to board via the garage. Think this was due to the berth Bretagne was on. Had received a text message from Bf advising of this so was prepared. Still we were on board well in advance of departure time. This time I had a commodore cabin which was very comfortable.Made use of the mini bar and fruit in the cabin, also managed one or two of the macaroons. Priority booking for Les Abers. Buffet was well stocked and excellent quality as per usual. I had the Monk Fish Oso Bucco style which was well presented and very tasty. Very pleasant crossing with hardly any movement. Wasn't sure what to expect for breakfast but there was more than enough and it was all fresh. Easy disembarkation in St Malo with only a cursory glance at passport by the immigration.
  3. Bretagne - benches to sleep overnight

    Not sure what time you are travelling but I caught the 15.04 TGV from Morlaix to Paris last week and that stopped at Le Mans
  4. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    I don't have an issue with the £40 deposit. £100 deposit wouldn't work for all bookings, I have booked as a foot passenger to Caen and back and the total cost is only £80. A fixed percentage would be better, but as stated earlier £40 is reasonable.
  5. Your Favourite BF Ship Name Destination

    New names for me would be St. Malo, Dinan and Quimper
  6. Your Favourite BF Ship Name Destination

    For me it would have to be Mont St Michel and closely followed by Honfleur
  7. Can I throw something else into the mix Normandie to replace Etretat Unknown vessel to replace Bretagne Bretagne to replace Baie de Seine
  8. Return crossing after travelling around Brittany for a few days
  9. Crossing to St Malo and trying a Commodore cabin for first time on Bretagne
  10. Bretagne to St Malo

    I enjoy travelling on Bretagne and I will be sad when she eventually leaves the fleet. She does belie her age. Am looking forward to sailing on her again at the end of August
  11. Budget hotels .

    Agree with the comments on here about Ibis but not about Premier Inn. I had my worst ever experience ever at a Premier Inn, sullen rude staff on reception. Very noisy in the hotel and the room could have done with a major refurb. This put me off and have never been back to a Premier Inn.
  12. Channel 4 Dispatches - cruise ships

    I have to agree. It was sensationalist and very much anti-cruise ships
  13. French supermarket favourites

    I like the Carrefour in St Malo as they do the most amazing hot chocolate for when shopping finished. I buy jars of fish soup, some milka chocolate bars and although can probably get them in UK I get some Bonne Maman biscuits, Madelines and Blueberry Jam.
  14. They did not appear to be very customer friendly. For example in the shop there were at least 3 till points but only one open but there were groups of staff stood around chatting amongst themselves and ignoring the queue. Also although I got to the restaurant about 5 minutes after opening I felt I was being rushed to finish.
  15. Travelled outwards to St Malo on Pont Aven, had booked a deluxe cabin which I found very comfortable. Not long after getting into the cabin I was contacted by the steward who booked my table in Le Flora and took breakfast order. Dinner in Le Flora was good, buffet was the usual Brittany Ferries offering and I had the duck which was excellent. The crossing was a bit bumpy at times but I managed to sleep. Haven't travelled that often on Pont Aven but found her to be a very comfortable ship with a very friendly and helpful crew. I enjoyed the facilities in the cabin and the macaroons and fruit were very nice. Breakfast next morning was good- in fact it was more than I was expecting. Disembarking was via the car deck as foot passenger gangway not available but this was really well organised and in fact we were off the ship before the car passengers. Travelled down to Paris on the TGV and spent a few enjoyable days there before catching the train up to Caen. Return crossing was on Normandie where I had a Commodore Cabin again which was well appointed. As I have never had a commodore cabin before wasn't sure what I got during the day but well stocked minibar (soft drinks) and again fruit and macaroons. No contact with any cabin steward. The crew were not as friendly as on the Pont and in fact there were groups standing around talking amongst themselves. Had dinner in Le Deauville, no buffet but the guinea fowl was good. Waitress in the restaurant not very pleasant (unusual for Brittany Ferries) and I wasn't impressed at having to order Dessert at the same time as starters and main, never had to do this before and didn't really know what I wanted until after I had finished my meal. Arrival in Portsmouth was slightly delayed but disembarkation was quite quick and I was soon through immigration. I wasn't too happy with the crew on Normandie so much so that I have changed my booking for the summer where I had booked a return crossing to Caen on Normandie to a return to St Malo on Bretagne.