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Le Quiberon

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  1. What is the latest regarding the replacement of the King and Princess. Been quiet for a while now.
  2. Sounds like a great trip, and I personally hope you enjoy it. As I have said before, the help and advice you have given me on Baltic ferries and their routes has been amazing and has played a big role in planning my upcoming trips in the Baltics for January and July 2020. All the best, Le Quib.
  3. Interesting posts, will look forward to a good VR.
  4. Sorry Jonno and I do apologise, but I thought that if you did the 22h cruise Silja Europa to Tallinn you could not disembark the vessel until 9am in the morning?
  5. You can no longer do this. In addition, the Silja Europa only runs 22h mini-cruises from Helsinki - Tallin now.
  6. Agree with your comments regarding the Turku route. The timings offered by both Silja and Viking are not the greatest, with respect to early morning arrivals/departures.
  7. If 'The Ben' will be kept as a relief vessel I think it would make a fantastic option for a slower mini cruise service attracting people from the north west. Departing from Heysham at 11pm with early boarding, cruising at 5 knots arriving at a modest 9am. Passengers have the day on Mann before a similar return departure. I would certainly do it.
  8. I have always thought they should slow the overnight service speed down and market it as a mini cruise, or at the very least avoid late arrival/early departure and allow a good nights sleep. An 11pm departure (with early boarding) and a normal 8 or 9am arrival would be great, especially if done on a modern vessel with adequate facilities.
  9. Can't see the point for a 4 hour crossing, your guaranteed NOT to get a good nights sleep.
  10. Due to a change of plans, there could be a chance I might be making this trip in January. Is this wise? Will the ships be as busy?
  11. Some fascinating stuff on here so thanks to all. I am not overly fussed about a balcony, that will be a one-off and a treat if I have the money. I am gathering, and have built knowledge that the Silja ships are better and grander, I am also lead to believe that their buffets are outstanding, is this true? I am planning on using the Viking XRPS as a floating hotel from Helsinki/Tallin, it makes a return crossing boarding in the evening and leaving early morning at a cheap rate. I will also do the Silja Europa mini-cruise to Tallin as well.
  12. Fantastic response - I can't thank you enough! Out of interest, which vessels have balconies in their cabins then? I thought it was just Pearl Seaways.
  13. I am looking to travel the Baltics next spring in early April and I am wondering what the most impressive ferries of the Baltic are? I am looking for size, quality, central promenades etc. I am not looking for the Finnlines ro-pax style experience. I know that Color twins from Kiel and Silja Serenade/Symphony, Silja Europa are supposed to be the most impressive. I have heard good things about Viking Grace of course. Do any other members of the forum have any other recommendations. Also, are the Color twins and Silja Serenade/Symphony the only vessels with central promenades? Thanks! Quibz.
  14. Many of the long distance ferry routes out of UK maximise crossing times to prevent awkward boarding/disembarkation times and to boost on-board sales. Examples include: Newcastle - Ijmuiden. Crossing time 15 hours - could be done in 11. Harwich - Hook of Holland: 7/8 hours - is done in around 5/6 and the vessel docks earlier and allows hauliers off. Plymouth - Roscoff - 6/7/8 hours but can be done in 4.5. Le-Havre (overnight) 8 hours but can be done in 4.5. Portsmouth - Caen is one of the few that does'nt follow this principle, and its desperately late departure and eye-watering early arrival puts many travellers, including myself, off.
  15. it was a daunting experience on must say. Ended up grounded on a lake, the sound of the lake bed grinding against the base of the vessel was horrendous, and then having to find assistance to manoeuvre out. On another occasion I have lost rudder control on a pedalo in the Atlantic Ocean. A nut on the rudder fell off meaning we had no steering control and the vessel was drifting out to sea. Had to physically get out into the sea and steer the vessel myself. Anyway back to the point, must be awful for passengers on board.
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