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About crechbleiz

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  1. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    I will ask my parents to take a picture of PA off St Quay Portrieux. That's if they fancy going out...
  2. St Nazaire to Gijon

    The choice of Montoir (not Montoire, a sleepy town on the Loir which saw the conclusion of the collaboration deal between Vichy and Nazi Germany in 1940...) is an obvious one with its direct access to one of the largest LNG terminals in Europe. Beside the extra costs for building a dual fuel ferry, are the bunkering costs lower with LNG?
  3. Baie De Seine

    I fully agree with your views regarding Etretat being inferior to BDS. I've had on BDS the best night sleep I ever had on a ferry. The standard cabins are amongst the best in the fleet. I personally think that she does not deserve her economie status. Or she does then other members of the fleet should be downgraded e.g barfleur.
  4. I am wondering what are BF obligations for maintaining Roscoff-Cork. After all, PA is not owned by BF but chartered to them. Some shareholders of the owning company (used to be SABEMEN), namely the local authorities in Brittany may have their word to say in case of a withdrawal.
  5. Disappointed Pont Aven

    A list of the cabins booked on the next crossing is taped on the corridor walks by BF crew members. Unless you request a particular cabin location when booking, the cabins on day crossings tend to be allocated to particular areas to speed up the cleaning ops. I got it from one the chefs of Bretagne who is a friend. I can only say that this particular morning discussions between the purser and the cleaning manager were not very friendly. I use BF on average 20-30 times per annum and I can definitely say that I experience more issues in Plymouth that any other port when it comes to the cleaning of the ships.
  6. A bit far fetched. Do we need to have the sempiternal wishes of revival of (sometimes failed but providing they include Poole) ferry lines competing with BF or others, not even remotely connected with the topic? apologies for being facetious but... The company "Le Passeur du Trieux" is now offering crossings between Pontrieux and Lezardrieux on their state of the art converted trawler. Do BF and IF need to worry about the launch of a competing service between Lezardrieux and Plymouth or Cork?
  7. Disappointed Pont Aven

    The cleaning of Arm cabins is also a frequent issue. I sailed on Arm's Thursday morning 24/08 departing at 08:00. Usual chaos on deck 8 & 9. One would think they would naturally concentrate on the cleaning of the cabins which have been booked for the next (day) crossing... But it would appear that they were cleaning all cabins rather than the above. Regarding the skills of the cleaning staff there's a lot to be said. On this particular morning, a chap was hoovering the table tops in the self service area, obviously the same he used for the floors!! Left me speechless...
  8. Disappointed Pont Aven

    Wasn't out trying to dispute your point. Apologies. We both agree in saying the cleaning ops in Plymouth are not efficient.
  9. Disappointed Pont Aven

    She does indeed sail at 20h45. However, early boarding is offered and passengers start boarding as early as 18h45 - 19h00. I use this crossing frequently and I have experienced on almost all occasions the situation described in the OP.
  10. Hi Chris. I sampled a Crozes Hermitage (half bottle) on board in June. Was it one of yours? It was very good.
  11. Disappointed Pont Aven

    Quite the opposite. PA only spends a few hours in Plymouth. On Thursdays and Sundays, there is approx 3 hours between docking and the boarding of the next passengers.
  12. Disappointed Pont Aven

    I agree with you. The cleaning of the cabins in Plymouth is the worst of all BF ports. Inefficient, consistently late with a rude manageress who sits on a folding chair and barks orders at the staff. This is embarassing. I don't blame the staff but it feels like they aren't enough and disorganised.
  13. Armorique green bows

    My parents live in Ploufragan, west of St-Brieuc, which is almost halfway between Roscoff and St-Malo. It takes about an hour either way. It's very handy.
  14. Armorique green bows

    The beach in question is in Morieux. The Communaute de communes collects them close to the shore only. Fortunately that's where the algae are concentrated and rot. Further on the beach, it's only a thin layer and it's not so much of a problem. We've lived with it for 3 decades now and got used to it. The algae is the Ulva Lactuta. It is not toxic (it's actually edible) and has always been here but excessive nitrate levels in the rivers and the rising sea temperature have conducted to its proliferation. The Ulva only becomes an issue when it is packed densely on the shore and rot. The gases emanating from the rotting algae, mostly hydrogen sulfide, are the real hazard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulva_lactuca
  15. Armorique green bows

    The green algae on armorique bow are not related to the ones you are mentioning. The algae on the bow are microscopic but the size of the colonies make them visible. Our holiday house is by the beach in the Baie of St Brieuc. The beach is covered with what looks like a 2 inch layer of wilted lettuce every summer for the last 30 years. The situation is improving though. A lot has been done to reduce the spreading of pig slurry on fields. Biogas plants have been built to use the slurry.