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Fine Whine

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  1. Brittany Ferries Fleet Pics

    She looks great in the first 2, just like the good old days..... Chris
  2. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Yes St Malo would have been my preferred option but hey ho. At least it’s MSM as she can make up the odd 15 minutes when she wants to. So I’m hoping we’ll be away by midnight (23h00 UTC), and if I stuff a sock up the speaker system to dampen down the 30 minute getoutofyourcabinnow announcement I’ll manage 7 hours with luck. Yes it’s only 10 minutes to home from the terminal, but up to an hour from ship to M275 can cause some serious teeth gnashing.... Chris
  3. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Best get your camera out then Tony as you let us down so badly in August... Chris
  4. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham - Caen/Ouistreham to Portsmouth Monday 20 November Caen - Portsmouth (was 0830, now 0930) We have just been informed by the Royal Navy that Portsmouth Harbour will be closing temporarily on Monday afternoon to allow for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Your sailing will therefore depart at the later time of 09:30, arriving into Portsmouth at 14:50. Latest check-in will now be at 08:45. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and wish you a pleasant sailing. Monday 20 November Portsmouth - Caen (was 1445, now 1615) We have just been informed by the Royal Navy that Portsmouth Harbour will be closing temporarily on Monday afternoon to allow for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Your sailing will therefore depart at the later time of 16:15, arriving into Ouistreham at 23:00. Latest check-in will now be at 15:30. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and wish you a pleasant sailing. Monday 20 November Caen - Portsmouth (was 2300, now 0030) We have just been informed by the Royal Navy that Portsmouth Harbour will be closing temporarily on Monday afternoon to allow for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth. As a result of the sailings affected earlier in the day, your sailing will now depart at the later time of 00:30. Arrival into Portsmouth on Tuesday morning will remain unchanged at 06:45. Latest check-in will now be at 23:00. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and wish you a pleasant sailing. All other services are operating to schedule. And guess who’s booked on the overnight crossing back to Portsmouth on Monday evening ..... Chris
  5. Baie de Seine Seakeeping

    So to sum her up: Handles well, comfortable ride but brakes can be a bit dodgy.... Chris
  6. I know these are boring but here’s how she’s changed in 2 months, to the day. Chris
  7. BF Refits 2017-18

    Nice thought Gareth but if Plymouth -Roscoff doesn't pay out of season, then a Pompey departure stands no chance; plus it wouldn't get me there any quicker.... Chris
  8. BF Refits 2017-18

    Thanks hf_uk, As FW works in Roscoff and Mrs FW lives and works near Pompey, best that I use the services of BF on as regular a basis as possible.... I’ll leave it to you to start that new thread, but my personal view is all ships in the fleet are normally in a pretty decent state, even at the end of a long and tiring season. People moan at the prices they charge but maintenance both above and below decks has always been an integral part of company policy. Chris
  9. BF Refits 2017-18

    There’s still no explanation as to why she’s been off much longer than planned, and I’m sure BF would never deliberately hold up her repair as an “Économie” measure ..... Of course Caen/Portsmouth can handle the extra traffic, but Normandie arrived 40 minutes late at 13h50 today, and we left half an hour late (Ed, zip it!). She’s stuffed with freight, I’m the last car on deck 6 so in F1 parlance starting from the pit lane; will probably hit the hay around 02h30 in the morning....😤 Chris
  10. Ships nicknames

    Again the Breton for Quimper is Kemper, but Kampere seems spot on to me - we always ask customers where they’ve been and try not to laugh when they report back with Kwimper or Kwimperly. And we’ve just had the get out of your cabin announcement, arriving in Portsthmooth in sirty minutes....🤣 Back on topic, remember the H in Honfleur is silent too, so it’s onfleur; anyone who comes up with a decent nickname deserves a lifetime travel prize. My first thought was Honey Flower.... Or a Ronfleur in French means someone who snores but that’s not right either Chris
  11. Timothy

    And I’m queue barging too! Chris
  12. Ships nicknames

    Hi Trev, So while you are still shuddering the Breton for Roscoff is “Rosko”, pronounced Roscoe..... Caen is a difficult one and I sympathise with anyone who gets it wrong, especially BF staff in Portsmouth who refer to it as Carn. In reality it’s somewhere between Carn and Con (French for stupid) but I can’t at the moment think of an English word with the same sound (Ed, help please ....) Pont Aven is generally Pont Avenne as you say, with the emphasis on enne, but here in the shop it’s pronounced Pont Avan as in Arran. I never criticise Brits who at least make the effort to have a dialogue with the locals, even if it’s totally wrong they will try and help you, unlike some who strut into the local bar and order “2 beers and a coffee luv”. Ed is entitled to his rants, mine is about my fellow countrymen/women who call France their home and can’t even say oui or merci. End of rant ......
  13. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    SO the essential maintenance was one engine down, which doesn’t happen often to Monty. The self service manager who used to work on Barfleur told me all is repaired and working well, and Cherbourg is as grey and miserable as ever which I thought a bit harsh. The upper car deck is packed with freight, not surprising considering there’s nothing at Le Havre. Ouistreham is nothing like the Calais jungle yet, but the immigrant problem is much worse. Between the 2 roundabouts I must have counted a couple of hundred; it’s starting to look like the outskirts of Cape Town (we fly out on Boxing Day ....) Chris
  14. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    I suggest you take a look now Ed ..... Chris I’m booked on her Thursday afternoon so hopefully she’ll be back on schedule again. If the problem hasn’t been explained by then I’ll do a little digging
  15. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    So do they read this forum? Obviously YES and as Gareth says, bravo for expanding upon a very valid point Wortley raised. Chris
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