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  1. KeithR

    Normandie to have “Dog Friendly” Cabins in 2019

    I booked dog friendly cabins on the Normandie when the new timetables were issued in July. The tickets that were emailed showed that we have been allocated cabins on deck 5 in the block 5304 to 5315
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    It would appear that Tues 2 July (Etretat) is the same price as Tues 9 July (Normandie). This is also true of Friday 5 (Etretat) and Friday 12 (Normandie)
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Sorry to confuse the topic. I compared our summer crossing this year on Etretat to the equivalent dates 2019 on the Normandie. You are quite correct Gareth a comparison with Etretat and Normandie could be done immediately before and after the change.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Using our crossing details from August/September this year on the booking engine for 2019 there does seem to be a little change perhaps £5:00, that could be due to the days of travel. The cabins are more expensive but we do book pet friendly ones. As said in previous post the breakfast allowance is available.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Sorry to jump in here but my impression of the prices does seem to indicate a little increase over what we normally pay when we use Le Havre. Two things to note however, the requirement to tick the economie box appears to be not there and also the night crossings show a breakfast allowance. Not sure about BdS maybe a bit more research is required.
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    New Procedure for checking in dogs

    I understood that travel to France was not permitted within 21 days of the dog having its rabies jab. The French have also fairly recently gone over to 3 yearly rabies jabs. This information was given to me by both our English and French vets. The worm treatment given to dogs is to kill off a particular worm that we do not have in this country. This worm is quite dangerous to human health or so I am told. We have always scanned our own dog but always in the sight of the checking-in person
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    Piece of history

    I think you will find the price is €5000.00 the French use the comma where we would use the point. At least that is my understanding, still a bit pricey though. As Neil said a trip to Turkey would be better in so many ways.
  8. As a regular user of pet friendly cabins I am pretty shocked, definitely not acceptable on any level. I will be checking the mattress when we travel in a couple of weeks, should be interesting to see how the BdS shapes up. I would also be interested in knowing what the normal non pet friendly cabins are like on the Etretat.
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    2019 Fleet Deployment

    I have booked 2 crossings on the Normandie before it transfers to Le Havre both with pet friendly cabins. The tickets show the cabins are on deck 5 within the block 5304-5315
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    BF versus the competition

    Travelling with a car almost guaranteed in my experience.
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    Cork Santander on Connemara

    Travelled many times on the Etretat and seen many motorcycles loaded at Le Havre, never had any on the open deck with the cars.
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    Vehicle Deck Heights - Tolerance

    A couple of thoughts. Can the vehicle be driven with the suspension lowered? Assuming that the lowered height is below 2.6m. Maybe you can drive on board and then lower it to get into the parking position. How long does it take to raise or lower the suspension? One further thought I have seen vehicles dimensions checked at the check-in you may need to lower the vehicle as you check in. I guess being refused a crossing because space for an oversized campervan is not available would not go down very well.
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    Cap lift entrance 9C

    Not sure which lift is which because I have never used the boat, but as I understand it 9C is the sticker they put on your windscreen at check-in. I have seen these stickers in use on other boats and I have assumed that they are used to inform the crew on board that they must park the vehicle in an appropriate spot. These stickers are certainly in use on the Etretat
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    I have used the Etretat on a number of occasions and agree the ramp is not easy. I try to wait at the bottom of the ramp to allow the cars in front to clear so that a hill start half way up is not required. I find the downward trip much worse, the ramp disappears from view and the car drops very quickly once under way. I always try to make sure the car is lined up before moving onto the ramp. I agree, not sure why left hand drive makes a difference perhaps it is down to it being a strange car. I know I do not adapt easily to LHD
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    Security delays at French Ports

    We travelled Portsmouth/ Le Havre on Wednesday night (17th.) On arrival it took us an hour to clear the police check-in. All passports were taken away for checking and a large number of the cars were searched. Not sure if this was a one off with the police acting on some info or is now the norm. Whatever the reason was we have not had the situation before on our many trips through Le Havre