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Le Quiberon

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  1. 19 hours ago, jonno said:

    Symphony to Helsinki, Europa to Tallinn. Overnight in an old town hotel, back to Helsinki on XPRS then back to Stockholm overnight on Gabriella with a respectable mid morning arrival... you'll even experience both Stockholm terminals.

    The Turku route is designed for those predominantly travelling for a lively break on board and duty free. Overnight each way by all means but there's not a lot to do in Turku for 9-10 hours before returning although if, as thought, Quibz is planning to do this in March the ice winter could be quite stunning as you squeeze passed the islets on the way in/out.

     

     

     

    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?


  2. On ‎06‎/‎06‎/‎2019 at 12:32, Ryan_H said:

    I've been thinking of doing another Baltic trip myself later in the year. Having never tried Tallink/Silja Line, I've been looking at their Stockholm-Helsinki ships and also the Stockholm-Tallinn route. I've seen a few videos and photos and it looks to me like the ships on the Tallinn route (i.e. Baltic Queen) are more intimate and traditional than the Silja Symphony/Serenade, despite being more modern; would this be accurate? The big atriums don't really appeal to me that much, I'd be interested to hear anyone else's views/experiences?

    I'd also love to try the Viking Grace but the timings on the Turku route are not so attractive.

    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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 11 hours ago, neilcvx said:

    You’ve totally dismissed @Le Quiberon pedalo grounding that’s very remiss of you 😉

    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.


  7. I have looked into the possibility of a Portsmouth - Le Havre crossing early next year (Spring) and noticed that some crossings on board Etretat leave at around 20:30 and arrive at around 08:30 the next morning.

    I am just wondering why the crossing is so long  as it can be done comfortably in 4/5 hours. Does the ferry travel very slow or does it dock earlier but allow passengers to disembark later similar to Stena Harwich/Hook.

    It actually suits me down to the ground but am interested as to why. Any help will be much appreciated.

    Quibz.


  8. This is an excellent post/question and something a quite literally pondered just the other day.....

    I watched a media documentary on the phrase '....a cross Channel ferry was used.' It as a degrading term for travelling and I think harks back to negative connotations from era's gone by - totally ignoring the fact that the vast majority (if not all) ferries sailing out of the UK are of a high to very high modern standard.

    I have been criticised by many for using the ever-popular DFDS Newcastle - Ijmuiden service with people saying 'why would you want o be on a ferry for 15 hours whn you can fly in 1' or 'I hate water!!'. What they don't realise is you don't notice the ships roll, faciltites are excellent and the journey becomes part of the holiday.

    Sadly we live in a time where some people when something now, or as soon as possible which is a shame as the negative image of ferry travel amongst some will be very hard to shake off, which is a shame.

    I, and maybe us, are of the breed where if I can take the option of a ferry over an aeroplane I would hands down, but sadly, the majority of other people would not.

    Le Quib.

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  9. 1 hour ago, Ryan_H said:

    It will certainly be interesting to see what DFDS do with the 3-tier area overlooking the bow, and also the conservatory-like area at the stern; I'm not sure all that natural light can be used to best effect on their new route somehow...

    One seems to think the rear glassed area will be utilised as a bar/club area and front as restaurant/buffet.


  10. The open deck right at the top of the ship is unsuitable for a North Sea vessel. One of the strong points of the King/Princess is the various deck space on port/starboard and stern of ship.

    This move has come quicker than expected, surprised all and caught a few off guard. My feelings are mixed.

    2 distinctly Mediterranean vessels on the North Sea? hmmm... 

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