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About georgem7

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  1. St Malo Weekender

    How funny, we were in St Malo at the same time! Also had wondered why Pont-Aven had gone out to sea halfway through the day, now makes sense.
  2. Mont St Michel & Bretagne Trip

    Haha good spot. I meant to have said 'she never disappoints'.
  3. Just returned from a weekend trip in St Malo. Outbound Outbound, we travelled Friday overnight on the Mont St Michel to Caen, departing at 22:00. We wanted to try a new ship and dad was happy to drive down the following morning. We arrived in Portsmouth relatively early, and had to wait for check in. It was funny seeing the number of cars for the Pont-Aven to St Malo turning up last minute. By the time we had gone through security, Pont-Aven had departed. The crossing was as expected, rather busy being a Friday night and Etretat delayed from dry dock. Thus, there was a good number of Lorries waiting to board. We were parked on the mezzanine platform Deck 6. We had a bite to eat in the Self-Service, and had a quick explore before heading to bed. By the time we had booked the crossing, all 2 berths had been booked out so we had to book a 4 berth inside. However, this was better as we were on Deck 9 rather than Deck 7. We had a very comfortable quiet night sleep and at times, it didn’t feel like we were on a boat! Arrival was early, but this was a sacrifice we made. After a quick croissant (we didn’t use the new order night before service), we were soon off the boat and on the road. We contemplated having a look around locally, however it was dark and early, so we decided to hit the road. Return We enjoyed a nice day in St Malo on the Saturday having a walk around and a bite to eat in the Intra-Muros. Popped into E.Leclerc for some bits. We returned on the 10:30 day crossing on the Bretagne. We woke up early on Sunday morning to see her arrive. I thought the crossing was going to be quiet, but there was good number of cars waiting. In fact, Deck 5 was almost full. After some breakfast, we went for a sleep in our 2 berth inside cabin on Deck 8. Had a wander on the outside decks and sat in the bar. For dinner, I wanted the lasagne which was on the menu but unfortunately they didn’t have any left. However, the ‘plat du jour’ was Beef Bourguignon which I had enjoyed previously. I even treated myself to one of the desserts. Arriving in Portsmouth, the front deck was closed off, so we stood towards the front of the starboard side of Deck 9, just below the bridge. Disembarkation was swift, and we were soon off onto the M275 home. Thoughts We were very impressed with the Mont St Michel. The ship is modern, comfortable and as I said, it didn’t feel like we were on a boat. The cabin was quiet but then we were on deck 9! The ship is well laid out and nicely furnished. We would certainly travel on her again. I also really enjoyed the crossing on Bretagne, I always do, she never fails to disappoint! Noticed some new carpet in places and some new panelling around the ship including new panels to indicate what was on each deck. It was nice to see she is still being cared for.
  4. Ships nicknames

    How do you pronounce it? And how does one pronounce 'Bretagne'? I say 'Bre-tang' although its probably wrong!
  5. Disappointed Pont Aven

    My parents said that their cabin wasn't very clean on their recent trip. They also returned on Bretagne and made similar comments to the OP. PA's larger number of cabins may be a factor, especially during the summer when she runs nearly full
  6. St Nazaire to Gijon

    http://www.passengership.info/news/view,baleria-orders-two-new-gasfuelled-ferries-in-200-million-deal_46349.htm I think these are the new ships for Balearia. I'm led to believe they are being built at the same yard as, but they are different than the normal visentini ship.
  7. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    I was hoping to find the exact photo on twitter. Under #bfrefits Anyway, it was discussed in this thread, and I remember clearly seeing a photo of a proper ramp between Decks 3 and 5 on Normandie.
  8. Old Bretagne Picture, stairs in main shop

    Hiya. I asked this same question a few years ago. Here is a link to the thread...
  9. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    After Honfleur arrives, do you think that Armorique will continue to provide refit cover, or will Normandie take over this role until she retires?
  10. Breakfast in Roscoff?

    Off-peak, the Sunday morning arrival into Roscoff is 10:00 French time giving you a bit more time.
  11. Why do so many people hate the Armorique?

    It would be interesting to see which sees more complaints: no a la carte on the Armorique, or no self-service on Cap Finistere?
  12. BF Refits 2017

    Is there anything wrong with / any reason why they couldn't use the names: Trouville or Pont L'Eveque (BF had 2 'Ponts' for a while)
  13. Why do so many people hate the Armorique?

    I personally think that Armorique is a great ship, well-laid and almost perfect for the route she serves. If people want a meal in the a la carte, the Pont-Aven option is there. But a lot of people don't. They want a cheap meal from the self-service, a quick browse in the shop and then a comfortable lounge/sofa/cabin. The Armorique better caters for this than Pont-Aven which (as has been mentioned) lacks lounge seating. Personally, I quite like the decor on the Armorique. It's an attempt to have something a bit different (each ship is unique) and more modern. We have enjoyed many crossing on her and hope to continue so in the future. P.s. My avatar is the Armorique - so I'm certainly a fan!
  14. Portsmouth Berth 4 to be replaced

    Hi Chris. When I said twin ramps I was referring to what looks in the image two ramps which go up either side which connect to the upper level.
  15. Portsmouth Berth 4 to be replaced

    I'm guessing the image in the article is what the new structure will look like? Is there any advantage to having twin ramps?