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KeithR

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  1. The dog cabins are in the block 5304 -5315. It does seem a long way up to deck 9 but I suppose BF know best.
  2. We visited our local PO on Monday and 45 minutes latter we were issued with our new IDP. Most of the time at the PO was taken up by the member of staff working out how to deal with the paperwork. On examination back at home it was clear the IDP did not have any more information in it. Our ordinary card driving licences contain the same information as the IDP. The only real difference appears to be the size of the fonts used on both documents making the IDP easier to read. I understood we moved to card driving licences to fit in with the EU regulations. It does appear to be a load of bureaucratic nonsense.
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Travelling with a car almost guaranteed in my experience.
  13. Travelled many times on the Etretat and seen many motorcycles loaded at Le Havre, never had any on the open deck with the cars.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Well done and thanks for all the hard work. The new format works really well.
  19. We travel to France regularly with our dog, a cocker spaniel, and have used BdS on a number of crossings. We agree with the comment about kennels, no way. The pet cabins on the BdS are quite good but I am not sure I would choose to cross to Spain on her. A couple of good books would be a minimum for the crossing. It is certainly a pity that Pont Aven does not have pet cabins. I feel sure that arranging these cabins would not be too difficult.
  20. A very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to one and all. Best wishes
  21. We have crossed to France and back many times with our dog and on each occasion we have been asked whether we have a muzzle or not. Although the dog is not happy he puts up with it. As ever the majority are always let down by the minority this applies to none dog owning passengers as well. Rules are for someone else to obey. The Etretat is a little different, none dog owning passengers do not need access to the areas set aside for dogs. The access leads straight to the pet cabins and exercise area. The dog biting a passenger travelling in the lift story has been around for some time, in the absence of hard information I am inclined to think it is just that, a story. Although as dog owners we should take responsibility for our animals and ensure they do not cause problems, if that means using a muzzle so be it.
  22. Going to France the cars with dogs are loaded fairly early in the process so I sure you can take your dog up to the cabin and return to the car without any problem. Remember a muzzle for your dog, things are not as relaxed as on the Etretat.
  23. We have travelled on both the boats. The loading on the BdS is similar to the Etretat. Cars with dogs are loaded onto the upper open deck but with one difference. The cars are position under the superstructure near to the lift and although they are undercover the cars are not in a completely enclosed garage. The big difference is that dogs and owners have to go to the dog cabins via the lift. The lift is also used by other passengers who have parked their cars on the same deck. The travel in the lift could include both a number of dogs and owners and none dog owning passengers.
  24. ' My bad...Yes, it was the BdS not the PA, and as I cannot find LOA or draught for BdS my analogy falls apart!:o' http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/media/pdf/m/m/Baie_de_Seine_Ship_Guide_20-11-15.pdf That might be somewhere to start. You really must try harder;)
  25. KeithR

    Dog traveling

    I agree wholeheartedly part of our decision to have another dog was that BF have these pet friendly cabins. Our spaniel loves being on the boat and while travelling to Le Havre has put 200 miles on to the journey to our French house it is worth it. We have settled on a night return as being the best for our journey plans. We have used both the Etretat and BdS. The Etretat does in some ways live up to its name but it is a little easier to get from the garage to the cabin. The BdS has nicer cabins but is a little strange internally. We are quite happy however, it is after all just a means to get us all to France. If going to Le Havre can work for peoples travel plans go for it. If only the cabins were available Plym/Roscoff but that is another story
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