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Manxscorpio

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About Manxscorpio

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  • Birthday 29/10/60
  1. Stowaways

    The UK Tax payer of course....
  2. General Discussions on Brexit

    So I guess you are not a supporter of the Conservative Party?
  3. Queen Mary

    Lovely ship and I have been lucky enough to have been on her and also QMII
  4. Disappointed Pont Aven

    I have only once had the need to make a serious complaint to BF about a serious incident which affected us but we found that BF do not accept any responsibility whatsoever and just dismiss the matter as if it didn't happen. Sad state of affairs.
  5. General Discussions on Brexit

    Certainly there has been and still is a Scandinavian (and Russian) interest on the Spanish Costas
  6. Sailings disrupted after Manannan hits harbour

    Should be up and running by tomorrow (fingers crossed) for the insurge of tourists and riders for the MGP races (Manx Grand Prix) starting tomorrow....
  7. Friday, August 18th, 2017 Damage being assessed this morning This morning's sailings of the Manannan have been cancelled following an incident last night in Douglas harbour. A statement from the Steam Packet says the vessel "made contact" with the quay whilst attempting to berth last night. There were no injuries reported and all the passengers and vehicles disembarked. Damage is currently being assessed by Steam Packet engineers and an update on the situation is due this morning. This afternoon's Liverpool sailings are currently listed as subject to disruption with more information available at midday.
  8. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    Well perhaps any fares under £100 should be paid in full at time of booking ?
  9. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    Just for information I have reviewed some forty four of my bookings since 2002 - approx 75% which are Spain and 25% France. I have been a Club Member for all sailngs so as an example: 30/9/2006 for Oct 2006 sailng Ply/Sant on Pont Aven Car 2 adults small pet kennel £209.35 with breakfast allowance £5.50 each and a deposit of £25 taken at time of booking. Any amendment fee is £5 19/11/2006 sailing Bretagne Sant/Ply same as above £194.55 paid in full when booked. Three Escorted visits to car deck to walk dogs. All next sailings up to Jan 2013 mainly paid in full when booked - ie within a month of travel but outside this time £25 deposit still applies 2010 - breakfast allowance increased to £6.50 each Feb 2014 Deposit increased to £35
  10. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    As a pet owner and traveller on BF to/from Spain mainly but France as well for the last fifteen years the on line booking for pet friendly cabins or kennel availability has become extremely difficult and time consuming. I have found the simpliest solution is to telephone for available bookings on a weekly or even daily basis and sometimes if you are not restricted to specific weeks cancellations can be found. It would be interesting to know the stastitics for cancellations for pet travellers but generally a fairer system would be to increase the "non refundable deposit" to a more realistic figure where BF do not take the full payment at time of booking - say £100. Years ago it was only possible to visit your pet at regulated times with a crew mamber but now you can spend all day and night with your pet if you wish (and I have witnissed this on a number of crossings) - even if your pet is in a kennel. There are seating areas both inside and outside.
  11. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    Definately - As I have said previously
  12. Deposit increase from £35 to £40

    BF are the only ferry company or airline to take a minimal deposit that I have used. I think that full payment should be taken when the booking is made and any future changes to the booking should incur a small administration fee. It's so easy to pre book pet friendly cabins for months in advance (this is why it is so difficult to find availability) and the deposits are not significant enough to trouble those customers.
  13. Card surcharges.

    Best to have PayPal account linked to a Bank Current Account avoiding potential problems..
  14. Card surcharges.

    Yes it is....
  15. Card surcharges.

    I do know that smaller retailers have to be competitive and offer card tansactions and as has been said the Credit Card Company can charge the smaller Retailer 2 or 3% of the transaction and then a monthly fee relating to the number of card transactions. These days a direct bank tansfer is an option with no fees - well my bank doesn't charge me not even for foreign currency transfers. Of course fraud is another major factor when using plastic... as I have found two years ago and last month noticing three transactions £1,800 on my Credit Card for car hire.... !!! This money is refunded but once again I have to wait a week or so for a new card and the problems that this causes.
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