TonyMWeaver

Normandie Express - Summer 2017

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Remind me, Has BDS had any dry dock time this past winter?

Apart from the discolouration from tying up her paintwork looks spotless considering she's been up and down the Bay.

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13 minutes ago, jonno said:

Remind me, Has BDS had any dry dock time this past winter?

Apart from the discolouration from tying up her paintwork looks spotless considering she's been up and down the Bay.

Yes, I'm pretty sure she was off for refit last Autumn jonno.  (Apart from a week for Barfleur afloat in Cherbourg, As far as I can remember BDS was the only member of the fleet to receive refit attention before Christmas last year).  Etretat is next, this coming Autumn.

Edit: Yes, found a link.  BDS was drydocked in Santander between 7 November and 4 December last year.

Edited by Gareth

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That she does, press contact at BF (he who gives me permission to use their name) has mentioned that all the Spanish crossings are enjoying a booking uptake compared to the same period in 2016. 

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We've booked 10 days in July travelling to and from Plymouth on PA, leaving on the 16th. As has been mentioned by others before on the forums 4 of us, 2 couples, are staying in a Casa (house) and Parador, we booked the complete package through BF and I thought it was exceptional value. I've been to most of the popular Spanish Costas over the years but never Northern Spain and the Picos; I love the Basque Country so am expecting it to be at least as scenic, hopefully quieter and I would imagine cheaper, and we're really looking forward to discovering a bit of real Spain.

Fingers crossed the weather behaves ....9_9

 

Chris

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I am so glad to have booked up my trip on NEX, am staying overnight in Pompey to get the sailing out and returning via Barfleur. Should be a good day out.  Would have done it the other way round as Barfleur out is more convenient (and no hotels needed) and NEX back, but she leaves mid afternoon so would have basically no time ashore.  NEX would do good on a schedule like Barfleur, leaving at 10 in the morning and sitting in Cherbourg till around 5-6 in the evening.  She only does the one rotation at the moment so maybe in the future that could be tweaked.  

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45 minutes ago, Khaines said:

I am so glad to have booked up my trip on NEX, am staying overnight in Pompey to get the sailing out and returning via Barfleur. Should be a good day out.  Would have done it the other way round as Barfleur out is more convenient (and no hotels needed) and NEX back, but she leaves mid afternoon so would have basically no time ashore.  NEX would do good on a schedule like Barfleur, leaving at 10 in the morning and sitting in Cherbourg till around 5-6 in the evening.  She only does the one rotation at the moment so maybe in the future that could be tweaked.  

Whilst that would be good for day trips, the appeal of the faster crossing is for those with a longer journey to get cracking and get to their destination. NEX does do two rotations on the weekends which have a later departure back from Cherbourg.

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23 hours ago, Gareth said:

She (BDS) certainly looks well-loaded in Tony's photo.

She was, she was full to the brim!

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Nearly as fresh-faced as you looked on Saturday hf_uk.....:D

I'm assuming you made it to the terminal on time, you cool dude - bring a bicycle next time!

Chris

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2 hours ago, Fine Whine said:

We've booked 10 days in July travelling to and from Plymouth on PA, leaving on the 16th. As has been mentioned by others before on the forums 4 of us, 2 couples, are staying in a Casa (house) and Parador, we booked the complete package through BF and I thought it was exceptional value. I've been to most of the popular Spanish Costas over the years but never Northern Spain and the Picos; I love the Basque Country so am expecting it to be at least as scenic, hopefully quieter and I would imagine cheaper, and we're really looking forward to discovering a bit of real Spain.

Fingers crossed the weather behaves ....9_9

 

Chris

You won't be disappointed Chris, the Picos are spectacular and if places like Potes, Santillana & Altamira are too crowded on an initial visit there are ample nooks and crannies off the beaten track to enjoy before returning. Santander is an easy place to navigate around and has good underground parking opposite the ferry as an alternative to the terminal if visiting before your return sailing.

We're heading back at the end of August.

Enjoy!

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36 minutes ago, Fine Whine said:

Nearly as fresh-faced as you looked on Saturday hf_uk.....:D

I'm assuming you made it to the terminal on time, you cool dude - bring a bicycle next time!

Chris

LOL - yes, just about thanks Fine Whine! Very good to see you guys as ever :) My dad and the golf contingency are departing tonight!

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To get back on topic the advantage of NEx to BF is that it allows them to operate a service from Ports to Cherbourg without taking too much business away from their primary route of Ports-Ouistreham thereby, hopefully, discouraging the emergence of competition.  This policy of "covering" routes I'd guess is a rather more important feature of BF's overall business strategy than some seem to realise.

Edited by Hawser Trunnion

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Was there a reason why the NEx was switched from Caen to Cherbourg, as it just the ending of the Condor collaboration? BF have seemingly tried a lot of routes with her from Portsmouth, now settled back to just Cherbourg.

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Trying to remember which vessel did the Cherbourg route before NEX - did another ship operate it or has it been only her?  I thnk she was moved to Cherbourg because possibly there was over capacity on the Caen route and they were starting up the Le Havre service - too much in the mists of time!!

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