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  1. We've never had any particularly long delays with French or Spanish border control. But every time we return to Portsmouth or Poole there is a very long & slow queue, badly organised with such issues as inadequate lane directions and the frequent searching of vehicles whilst they hold up the entire queue. Presumably this will only get worse now.
  2. I guess this answers my question to some extent.
  3. Apart from BF failing to contact me in good time about my booked ferries not running, they have been very helpful and got back to me within a couple of hours. As it turns out one of the crossings will be from Cherbourg at 15.30, which suits us very well, so it's not all bad. BF said the changes were due to a 'government initiative', and I'd be interested if anyone knows what these changes are intended to achieve.
  4. Well since you ask, the big deal is that we have a long trip to the South & back, timings crucial, to a meticulously planned itinerary involving events, stop offs, & meeting up with friends from US & Oz. Presumably BF have the same laissez faire attitude that we're just on holiday so they can just change our booking at short notice...........one of these trips was only amended & confirmed 2 weeks ago, and yet it has been altered without notifying me. If I hadn't gone into my booking to change something, I'd still be unaware that my sailings weren't running. If you're happy to have to have you holiday plans changed, good for you. But we're not.
  5. No surprise about Wrexit, but a big surprise I've not received a call from them already. The 18.30 sailings seem to have vanished from the timetables, replaced with 08.45, 15.30 (alternating, not daily) & 22.15. Needless to say, the 15.30 sailing which would suit us very nicely isn't available on the days we want. I've e-mailed customer support. Very tempted to cancel both trips.
  6. I don't get this..........we are booked on Cherbourg-Poole, June 2nd @ 18.30. Went online to make a minor amendment, but there is no 18.30 sailing showing, but other Barfleur sailings which are timed in a manner that seems impossible for her to be sailing at 18.30 as per my booking. Before I make a fool of myself with customer support, can anyone suggest what's going on, or have I misunderstood somethig?
  7. I'll continue to watch this thread with interest over the coming months, despite much speculation I think there's some useful information here regarding possible developments. I wonder how many people have been put off booking next year, regardless of the deposit increase. I would certainly not be travelling next year, and would prefer not to travel to Europe until we see how things settle down. In reality, we have a special birthday celebration and will be driving down to Provence. However, if we start hearing stories about massive delays, cancellations, or other problems, we simply won't travel..............it is supposed to be fun after all.
  8. Looks interesting but I get this when I click the link; Sorry, there is a problem This attachment is not available. It may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it to this location. Error code: 2C171/1
  9. The OP & most of us responding to this post refer to MSM, overnight & pre ordering breakfast for the following morning. How on earth have we got on to Bretagne sailing mid morning to St Malo?? Does anybody actually read or understand any post before they reply to it??
  10. Some of us here are talking about breakfast, you know, the meal you have in the morning. Overnight on P'mouth - Caen, picnic on the quayside, usually onboard & in bed, often asleep, by 22.15 BST , ready to get up at 04.45 BST in Caen (we get at least 6 hours sleep) and have breakfast before setting off......usually disembarked & through passport control by 06.15 BST, & the whole day ahead for our splendid & enjoyable long drive down to wherever. Wouldn't want to do it every day, but it's always a fun start to our holiday. This time next week we'll be setting off for P'mouth within the hour!
  11. We're sailing Portsmouth-Caen on Mont St Michel. I wonder if anyone has tried the pre-order service yet, and what your thoughts are? I'm thinking we might just end up in a queue for the pre-order that's just as long/slow as the normal service?
  12. Nobody tried it then? No observations about queues? No mention of the service in the online ship (MSM) guide.
  13. Interesting.........is the magazine available online, or just onboard ship?
  14. What a shame, very sad, not just for us but for the desperate people focussed on getting to the UK. We'll be inbound as usual to Ouistreham in a few weeks, arriving at 06.45, but glad that in the last few years we've taken to having a stopover in Brittany or Normandy on the way home before going Cherbourg to Poole, and the short drive home. It sounds as if our usual few hours at Ouistreham before the overnight return ferry, a walk along the beach, around the town etc. is now a thing of the past.
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