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  1. Our friends over at the IF forum have not posted that many comments as yet, due as you say perhaps to the season. Two points that they have raised seem to be first that she is fitted with euro sockets and so unsuitable for those travelling between the UK and Ireland, but more suited to her summer schedule. They do however sell adapters in the inboard shop. And second that the restaurant menus are not available online and so people with allergies or specific dietary requirements are not able to check before travelling. Aside from that, everything seems OK. They have also been saying that the price IF will need to pay for a second vessel might be significantly higher as the yard will want to make a profit to offset its past losses and cover itself for any further compensation costs. Ed.
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    When I go to BF's UK site on my Android smartphone and try to look at the timetables Portsmouth to Caen they show up in time order. So all the 8.00 sailings are listed first for the month in question then all the early-afternoon sailings and then the evening ones. So if I want to check the three times for a specific date or which ferry it might be I need to scroll down and stop at three points. It's not very convenient. Is there a way to show the sailings by date order instead? I can't seem to find any filter options. Ed.
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    Sponsored Ferries

    Which is which? The only reason I ask is that apples generally float while pears have a tendency to sink. 😀 Ed.
  4. That was my first thought on getting mine at Christmas. Ed.
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    Sponsored Ferries

    With Barfleur they could get two for the price of one. BF rather like that sort of deal out of season. Ed.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    Oh, I agree, good ridence to such people. So maybe it was a good idea to up the deposit with the risk that people would cancel more this year with Brexit than previously. Ed
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    But think about it. If your holiday is in July you need to pay the balance at the end of April. Imagine you are hoping to book a holiday in France with accommodation and ferry but prepared to take the risk of cancelling if things look bad or complicated nearer the time. In that case 10% of £2,000 is easier to swallow than 25%. I think the deposit worry is is directly linked to (or at least aggravated by) Brexit. Ed.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    I'd say that it might have backfired on them. If you increase the deposit by 250% at the same time as there is a level of uncertainty regarding driving regulations post-Brexit then people are likely to think twice before taking the plunge. Add in the Yellow Jacket situation which may deter a number of people and you've got the perfect storm. It would be interesting to know which lines have been affected by the downturn in bookings. Ed.
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    It may be no better right now but I imagine it's future proof so that as you upgrade your equipment at home the experience becomes more fluid and intuitive. Ed.
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    Indeed, it would seem to be a real nightmare. And it's not just the platforms and devices, from what I've been told, it's also all the different versions of the operating systems that are still being used and the various web browsers out there. I guess it makes for an enormous number of combinations so there's bound to be some teething trouble, but that's what the Beta version was supposed to overcome. Ed.
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    It would seem that it might be something to do with the user's Ipad. Ed.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    There was a bit of a fiasco in Caen this morning apparently. https://twitter.com/BrittanyFerries/status/1096357282684768256?s=20 https://twitter.com/BrittanyFerries/status/1096357711099379712?s=20 Ed
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    Our complaints about the new booking engine have been relatively mild compared to some : https://twitter.com/BrittanyFerries/status/1096480449478701056?s=20 Ed
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    Wight sun

    Look on the bright side. That's one less to catch fire. 😀Ed
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    Sponsored Ferries

    We might be on to something here. How about the entire fleet sponsored by the Kennel Club? Ed.
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    Sponsored Ferries

    With cabins sponsored by Dyson and Swiffer. Ed.
  17. Those are really short turn around times. I think only NEX can do it in an hour but never actually does as they always build some leeway into the timings in case of delays. Ed
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    Sponsored Ferries

    Barfleur, sponsored by Saga Holidays. Ed.
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    Pride of Kent, Heavy contact in Calais.

    Don't stop there. Was what? Drunk? Asleep? Applying for a transfer to a Tunisian ferry company? What? 😀 Ed.
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    Sponsored Ferries

    It's no worse than wrapping a taxi or bus. They do it all the time over here for film releases, festivals and other events. Once you are on board you don't even notice. Plus there's no excuse for anyone to crash into you. Ed.
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    Sponsored Ferries

    I bet the meatballs in the cafeteria were good though. Ed.
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    Canine Cabin Companions

    I think you might be posting on the wrong forum. Here we speak English and, at a push, French! But only in emergencies. 😀 Ed.
  23. Would that still apply if said competitor were based outside the UK and in a country with which we had no current economic agreement? Ed.
  24. What would happen in a No-Deal Brexit scenario if the British government were to effectively subsidise an operator until such time as they were able to survive unaided? If that then allowed them to reduce fares while offering a similar level of service, an alternative to BF's monopoly on the routes and a secure freight link that would be the 'third' alternative to BF and DFDS, would it not make commercial sense for Stena (or another operator) to try? I assume that if a Brexit deal is reached then European subsidy rules would probably not allow such assistance and we'd still have to abide by them. Ed.
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    French Road Blockades - Gilets Jaunes

    This might be of interest. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47229968 Ed
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