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  1. I did think of doing just that but I don't think the saving will carry through because when making an amendment, if next year's price has changed you'd have to pay the difference anyway. I wouldn't mind being wrong on this so if anyone knows better I'd be glad to hear it.
  2. Just confirming that you can amend your booking online as many times as you like until 5 days before your outward travel date. I have done similar to what you are considering in the past when family illness prevented us travelling for the rest of the year. In fact one of my current bookings is up to amendment 7 already.
  3. . The best keeping bread seems to be Pain Complet (wholemeal loaf) which is usally good for a few days if kept in a poly bag. If you keep the white French bread or baguette in a poly bag (or wrap it in cling film) it will go soft rather than rock hard. Then if you prefer it you can get it back to something like the original if you lightly wet the crust and give it a few minutes in the oven
  4. I'm sure you are right and judging by the press release linked in the first post of this thread there is certainly an intention to use French crew. Para 3 states " It will offer increased capacity and comfort for customers as well as employment of French seafarers".
  5. It is free if you make the amendment yourself on line up to 5 days before the outward journey. If you ask BF to make the amendment you will be charged a £15 amendment fee. Within 5 days of the outward journey you will be charged £25 regardless of whether you make the amendment yourself or ask BF to do it.
  6. Yes. I can't refer back to the email as I didn't keep it but I was under the same impression as you so I suppose it is possible my friend may have been misinformed. We shall see.
  7. As my membership is due for renewal this month, my associate member called BF to clarify their position and were told that they could continue as an associate member for one more year as the renewal falls before the changes come into effect later this year. However next year if they want to stay in the scheme they will need to pay full price plus joining fee.
  8. Today, whilst attempting to book a crossing for early next year I noticed the following statement at the stage where you select your crossing date and time "These prices are intended to help you choose your journey(s) and they are subject to change. In some cases, the price may be different later on in the booking process if the availability has changed. The exact total will be presented on Step 4 of the booking process" I realise BF prices have been flexible for several years now but wasn't aware they were so dynamic that they may change mid booking. Is this something new or have I just not noticed the statement before?
  9. Well, I'm sure there is some demand. We always book a Plymouth - Roscoff crossing at the start of January (when available). The main problem is the risk of cancellation due to weather, this has happened to us several times. Last year our booking was changed to Portsmouth - St Malo then before we'd even arrived at Portsmouth we had a text to advise us that the ferry would now be going to Cherbourg instead. There were quite a number of disgruntled passengers and it must be quite a hassle for the BF team to manage the changes, lay on busses for foot passengers and liaise with the port authorities etc. Maybe they think it is just not worth the risk at that time of year.
  10. Angel

    Barfleur kiosk cafe

    The cafe on Armorique Deck 6 is normally closed on the Plymouth Roscoff route at the quitest time of year.
  11. My top three grievances are being turfed out of the cabin half an hour before arrival, tannoy announcements that can't be heard in the cabin and have ended by the time I get the door open to listen and people not bothering to report obvious maintenance issues in the cabin.
  12. Angel

    Kennels on Bretagne

    It is many years since we used the kennels on Bretagne and we vowed at the time never to use them again. I don't remember there being fumes but the area was very cramped and the kennel sizes way too small. The small kennels in particular are a ludicrous shape, long and narrow, just over a foot wide so it isn't possible to fit a dog bed in. The surface is smooth stainless steel so your dog would just slide about uncontrollably in rough conditions and there is nowhere to secure a water bowl so when we returned to collect our dog the bowl had been knocked over, her blanket was soaked and the dog was parched. Unlike Pont Aven you can not visit the kennels freely but have to make an arrangement to be escorted by a staff member at a time of their choosing.
  13. I guess many would choose to sail direct to Lisbon if they had the option, especially if their final destination was the Algarve. We were only touring northern Portugal though, so were happy with Gijon as an entry port.
  14. We have had free wifi in cabins 8119 and 8176 just behind the bar area on the Pont.
  15. One attraction of Gijon as a port is that it's well placed for driving to Portugal. That's certainly why we used the Poole-Gijon service when it existed.
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