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  2. jonno

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    There's no difference in the schedule, both ships alternate. All modern RoPax are built larger now to accommodate more freight. Honfleur has less pax capacity as the route has seen a drop off of nearly 200,000 over the past few years whereas others have seen a increase.
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  4. hf_uk

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Normandie has a passenger capacity of 2123 - which is a joke. PA is limited to 1800 even for comfort!!
  5. georgem7

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    That reminds me of a question I've been wanting to ask. MSM does her present timetable (including the Friday night Portsmouth to Caen sailing) because she is the larger vessel. Do we assume that Honfleur will take on MSM's schedule with MSM taking up Normandie's schedule? MSM will still have a bigger passenger and car capacity despite Honfleur's bigger physical dimensions.
  6. neilcvx

    Forum Content

    It’s certainly more informative and accurate than reading Wikipedia. I find some of it boring of it intresting and some of it just plain daft but that’s just my own posts, I like the travel reports and like @cvabishop says the onward leisure reports are interesting, wasn’t sure where to put this one.
  7. Cabin-boy

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Jack85, it may be that you choose the Normandie specifically because you like the vessel or more likely that she is running on the crossing at the time you need to travel. I believe there is a logic to which vessel does which crossing ex-Portsmouth due to their relative cabin/passenger ratios and that then affects your trip back from France. Gareth will probably be able to set me straight on that. Ed.
  8. David Williams

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    For a July booking, it will probably be safer picking an MSM sailing.
  9. hf_uk

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Mont St Michel or Honfleur, as long as she has been delivered on time... When the season is on sale - just use the BF website to pick a sailing which has Honfleur in the booking panel...
  10. Jack85

    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Hello, I always travel home from France on the Normandie in July every year. Does that mean that when I book my ferry travel for 2019, the booking would be for the Honfleur? Sorry if this question has already been asked.
  11. hf_uk

    Forum Content

    Renewing the fleet. Investment more than 100% of annual turnover. Sounds rather bleddy exciting to me all round!
  12. Annual holiday to the Vendée. Hoping to catch a bit of the opening stage of Le Tour de France as it appears to be going along the road behind the holiday parc we are staying in. Crit Air sticker fitted (to passenger side) just in case!
  13. jonno

    Forum Content

    Well yeah, received and understood Colin, I've been known to don the odd sou'wester from time to time! Maybe the BFE bods could begin a new sub title named "The Anorak Angle"?
  14. David Williams

    Forum Content

    In my view this forum is actually quite a good mix of details about the ships (current and future) and information about where to eat at the ports, French pollution stickers etc. Activity in the last 24 hours include:- Forum Content Replacement of Bretagne French Ctit'Air certificate le Boat / Canal du Midi It is quite an eclectic mix of subjects & does not seem too anoraky.
  15. nottingham

    Replacement of Bretagne

    Over the next few years, as some of the fleet favourites are 'retired', it would be a nice gesture from BF if they allowed an exclusive booking period for their last sailings with BF, for BFE and possibly Club Voyage members - a bit like season ticket holders get early booking priorities for football games? Jim/Admin - do you think their would be a 'demand'? - would it be rude to ask BF?
  16. cvabishop

    Forum Content

    To be perfectly honest, not a great deal - but that's just me I guess. No doubt BF have their plans in place for maintaining services until Galicia and Salamanca arrive. Its probably a moving feast anyway with the practical implications of Brexit remaing unclear. What prompted my original post is that this website is probably looked at by a lot of people doing Google searches concerning Brittany Ferries and they would like to find independent practical information, reviews and advice as potential or returning customers. And since most of it would be very positive then one would hope they are encouraged to use the company. But if much of the recent activity revolves around discussions of Irish Ferries and arcane debate about E Flexers (which sounds like a type of ticket) then it is proably rather offputting as we give the impression of being more of a cliquy chat room instead of a source of useful up to date information. OK, there is TripAdvisor but there is a tendency to use their reviews to voice complaints, often where the reviewer has not understood the problem and maybe holds BF responsible for things like immigration delays or French port worker strikes. I think voyage reports are good as they give an up to date picture of how things are and they are usefully extended by describing the experience in France for leisure travellers. I know I have said this before but I think it would be good to move away a bit from the anorakish impression this site can sometimes give. Just my pennyworth anyway...☺️
  17. cvabishop

    French CRIT'Air Certificate

    It's also one less excuse for an awkward minded Genderame to pull you up on. ☺️
  18. Jim

    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    It is a little bit overkill - but at the same time probably quite helpful to novice hands for tight spaces and not using other vessels as fenders. We found it more fun for nautical doughnuts.
  19. Paul

    French CRIT'Air Certificate

    That was my feeling. I've also got my car now for at least three years, and areas are only likely to increase as times go on, so I thought I'd get one now, as the area I'm off to at the end of the week is classed as a 'weather dependent zone'
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  21. jonno

    Forum Content

    How are the E-flexers peripheral to Brittany Ferries when they are having at least two of them in order to expand their Spanish services? Apart from Honfleur it's the only factual news regarding BF there is. It seems there is a greater appetite for rumour regarding a sale of Cap finistere and Pont Aven switching to St Malo. I also think that the interest with Irish Ferries is more to do with FSG and the dogs dinner they are making of their new build which has obviously created a bit of concern regarding BF's Normandie replacement. Aren't you interested in whether the two UK based charters which are critical to BF's sailing schedules and capacities are to be extended or not?
  22. neilcvx

    French CRIT'Air Certificate

    Mines is on the passenger side I doubt we will need it unless things go extremely wrong direction wise but got it just incase.
  23. cvabishop

    Forum Content

    News - or simply speculation?
  24. cvabishop

    French CRIT'Air Certificate

    Mine is on the RH side of the windscreen. That said, on our recent visit to the Loire Valley I didn't see another car with the sticker!
  25. Cabin-boy

    Condor Rapide in Cherbourg

    Water jet maintenance. Liberation is replacing her until Friday with an amended timetable. I was on her yesterday and she seemed to be running fine but about 10 minutes late on each leg. It's been planned since April: https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://guernseypress.com/news/2018/04/21/condor-revises-june-sailings-due-to-rapide-repair-work/&ved=2ahUKEwj79OLpi97bAhWE6xQKHdyTA2g4ChAWMAl6BAgHEAE&usg=AOvVaw1nvxQOV6UgaYuEO-vIzyFo Ed
  26. jonno

    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    I've always felt that the idea of "easydock" and a stern thruster as a bit of overkill on a hire boat. The bow thruster makes a big difference especially guiding a 44ft flying bridge job into a tight stern on mooring. The pressure pad variant tend to break far easier than the joystick type.
  27. Khaines

    Condor Rapide in Cherbourg

    Condor Rapide is out of the water in Cherbourg. Am going over on Thursday so guess she will be still there to get a few shots of her. Any reason why she is there?
  28. Paul

    French CRIT'Air Certificate

    Going back to the original discussion of the CRIT'Air sticker, got mine for my trip next week, but it's supposed to be mounted on the left side of the windscreen (from outside the car), which is fine for LHD cars, but could be classed as an obstruction in RHD cars. Has anyone else with a RHD vehicle mounted it elsewhere on the screen? I did contact them after receiving the sticker but their reply wasn't really clear.
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