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  2. cvabishop

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    I'm not so sure. St Clare has plenty of life left in her yet and with the reduced timetable and increased individual ship capacity it looks like she and VoW will do all the heavy lifting with some backup from a Wight class. The problems from a customer viewpoint are that the convenient half hour service has been lost which will inconvenience a lot of people and Wightlink are left vulnerable if one of the two big ships is hospitalised due to a breakdown as capacity will then be severely compromised while it is out of service. No doubt VoW will be pleasant to travel on which is a plus point but the underlying policy seems to be cost cutting in reducing the number of operational vessels and thus the need to pay their crews and other costs. Shareholder interests therefore trump customer interests by a significant margin. In these circumstances why would Wightlink add another high capacity ship to the route? Wightlink's priority will be to fill the vessels thay have as far as possible. There is no incentive to add extra capacity for customer convenience if three vessels would be frequently running below full capacity and it is hardly likely that the IoW Council would subsidise such a policy. So overall, we are seeing some modernisation but the underlying service standard is probably falling.
  3. adicat

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    I am sure if all things go well and performance is as expected, then with St Faith's age at nearly 30 it would be a reasonable to assume another. With all these things I guess anything that needs tinkering with will then be on the next one as is usually the case. All the Saint class ferries had some minor differences, some more noticeable than others I believe.
  4. jonno

    St Nazaire to Gijon

    Further news from Spanish media, La Nueva Espana... Minister of Infrastructure, Fernando Lastra has announced that the local authority in Gijon is to provide 600,000 euros in two payments to re-launch the service with Balearia.
  5. Gareth

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Is VoW another one-off, or are there sisters in the pipeline?
  6. adicat

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    oh and I do wish VoW a long and happy time ploughing the Solent and hope she is a great success. The new ticket office building is nice and light and having the café upstairs seems to have been a wise decision as always quite busy especially because the people in lanes 17-31 are already up there and at the moment being just the Clare using the upper car park means they can take there time getting a drink if another vessel is in as they know they wot be on it.
  7. That would match with Irish Ferries plans to close Rosslare to Cherbourg during the winter months this year, seems that there has been a downturn in Ireland/France traffic out of season.....apparently Stena are continuing through the winter though from Rosslare.
  8. Halfcrown

    Flexible Pricing

    That makes sense of why they say they are not allowed to sell alcohol while the ship is in French waters on a Monday morning
  9. Also worth bearing in mind that many would have had their 2018 summer holidays booked before this new route was announced.
  10. adicat

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    The post about causing delays was started with the word Ironically and an imoje and was not a serious comment on delays. I could see the weather was bad and the tugs were struggling and after all the good weather we have had it was just bad luck. Wightlink themselves were showing delays on their website and earlier this week I heard on the radio about 1 hour delays but it did not say what had caused them. Then on their website it said technical/mechanical issues or something to that effect so a tongue in cheek comment re a vessel possibly sulking as it was being sold. Since privatisation a lot of company's have charged a lot of money for services and not reinvested quickly enough. Look at the poor people in Lancashire who have had hose pipe bans after a good spell of weather. In this day and age there should be no excuse for such behaviour as they say they pay the big salaries to get the right people but decades later still hose pipe bans and did I hear they lose quite a substantial amount of water through leaks due to old pipes. Yes they may be investing but not enough. We have chaos on the railways with new timetables being cancelled yet they bang on about investment. Then they say fares need to go up to pay for the investment yet the service does not get any better for some customers. Nice new trains but same delays. Wightlink have in my opinion let the Portsmouth route run down for far too many years to the situation where they will have 4 different style vessels running. This wont be ideal. There have been so many Summers where in peak time rarely did they manage to keep to timetable on August Saturdays. When the 4 Saints first came in they were superb and delays were minimal even double decking both ways. When St Clare came in there seemed to be a distinct down turn on the fortunes of the route even though she was portrayed as the flagship. It has taken 17 years to rectify her loading and turn round times. Quite a long time for the poor paying public to put up with. The double deck loading has solved the problems with the Clare but should have happened a lot earlier than 2017. Sadly the investment was later than they perhaps would have liked but the Lymington situation should never have got to where it did. Everything should have been rubber stamped and then the type, size and number of vessels needed could be worked out and how they could operate. Its not like the C class suddenly became 35 years old.
  11. Solo

    Flexible Pricing

    On the Spanish sailings they charge Spanish duty once they leave UK waters I think.
  12. It's interesting that between photos 6 and 7 there appears to be one missing showing the central (and troublesome) mid-section. Ed.
  13. Some nice up close photos. https://www.lebateaublog.fr/2018/08/16/w-b-yeats-au-chantier-fsg/
  14. Halfcrown

    Flexible Pricing

    I don't think they can legally supply duty-free goods when sailing between ports inside the Customs Union. I happened to notice that most of the bottles of spirits for sale in the shop on the Cap Finistere had Spanish excise duty labels on them.
  15. captjack

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Don’t know who the moderate your post is aimed out but I certainly won’t, it’s my view of your comments. Perhaps you should take your own advice.
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  17. Just looking at this from afare and by no means an expert on this, I find it hard to believe that BF would have embarked on this without being prepared to give it at least 2 seasons. There’s surely a case for a direct Eire - Spain service & the only debate is frequency, as in time of year etc. The problem is how you serve the route, as in mixing holiday & commercial traffic at the different times of the year. I’ll be amazed if this doesn’t become a fixture & the only question is in what precise form.
  18. adicat

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Not sure where that comment came from re exaggerate. Reports from BBC that there were delays so take it up with them, I was speaking to a "top dog" last Friday and mentioned a possible name for a second vessel. He said they already had one. Please moderate your posts.
  19. wortley

    Flexible Pricing

    Prices on board should be reasonable as I assume the company buys supplies of alcohol at offshore prices - tax free, duty free, and VAT free. Is that not so?
  20. neilcvx

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Yes a converted trawler to Orkney 🤢
  21. hf_uk

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Why not cut one weekly sailing to Spain, give her more time alongside for mini-cruises in Cork and Santander, and include a Plymouth rotation to cover the quiet period? Roscoff - Cork - Roscoff - Plymouth - Roscoff - Cork - Santander - Cork? As much as I'd like to see a Plymouth - Cork, I cannot see that happening. But if loadings are low - why not keep it to Plymouth more? Roscoff - Plymouth - Roscoff - Plymouth - Roscoff - Cork - Santander - Cork? It would offer a Plymouth service - which many have stated they would use, Freight capacity for the Xmas season, and not over capacity for passengers, which is why Armorique is so valuable for other routes when the vessels are in for work etc... Ireckon that's a winner:)
  22. hf_uk

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Nice video. Random question - has anyone ever been on a ferry NOT selling Toblerone?:)
  23. neilcvx

    Flexible Pricing

    I’ve always found the wine to be reasonably priced onboard cheaper than my local small town hotel/restaurant and better quality.
  24. Gareth

    Flexible Pricing

    Bottles of wine are the same price in the bar as in the restaurant. Don’t know about self-service but I can’t imagine why it would be different there than in the other places.
  25. hf_uk

    Flexible Pricing

    I think the price in the bar varies from that of the cafe.self service...
  26. Manxscorpio

    Flexible Pricing

    House wine at US$7 per bottle.... not to my taste really
  27. neilcvx

    Flexible Pricing

    £3.80 for a 25cl glass of red is good value in my book. http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/media/pdf/s/g/Le_caf__Boissons_en_Livre_-_Mars_2018_web.pdf
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