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  1. In this month's Club Voyage newsletter, it is stated the Galicia will "serve Portsmouth with our ports in Spain". I am very not au-fait with the details of the changes that the new vessels will bring and wonder what will be the result of Galicia's introduction. Is she a cruise ferry or 'ecomomie' type of vessel? We use CF for two return trips a year (Spring & autumn) to/from Bilbao.
  2. A touch late with this - had lots to catch up on at home after being away for two months. Departed a lovely sunny and pleasantly warm Bilbao 31st Oct on Cap Finistere. A few iPhone photos of the departure and cloud of fumes the CF left behind her!
  3. Making a Bilbao - Portsmouth June booking this afternoon, the website immediately flagged up that if I wished to proceed the full sum would be taken as my card expires in Feb 2020. Changed to a different card with longer expiry date.
  4. Getting back on topic... Looks like the CF is carrying a problem (Bilbao departure today will be 5 1/4hrs late). Anyone any further info on the "technical problem"?
  5. Well, it took three phones (from the cabin phone) and a visit to the Info Desk before replacement bedding arrived mid-evening. Not impressed. We travel on the CF four times a year, usually without any reason for complaint, so I will (just about) forgive them this once...
  6. Whilst waiting to depart Portsmouth today. And view of one bed!
  7. We switched from PA to CF a few years ago when a change of travel plans meant Bilbao became more convenient. Foodwise, the Cap's breakfast (in the deck 7 restaurant) pales in comparison with the PA's buffet. Nowadays we tend to either head to the open-air cafeteria on deck 10 (albeit very much dependant on the weather) or buy rolls (round ones!) etc from the mini-market. Comfort-wise we try to avoid the cabins near the bow as (a) we are poor sailors and (b) she pitches a lot more than the PA (well, seems that way to us!) We have car + caravan and thus so far have avoided being parke
  8. Having eaten the round rolls whilst on CF last month, I imagine the members of the French Dentists Association will be gnashing their teeth at the loss of business...
  9. After the Barfleur had passed us (waiting on the Brownsea Island - Sandbanks ferry) we followed her for a few minutes, allowing an iPhone shot mid-chanel.
  10. Two iPhone shots whilst waiting to cross back to Sandbanks from Brownsea Island on Thursday afternoon.
  11. My J Lewis card worked fine (as usual) on CF last month.
  12. We make two return journeys Portsmouth-Bilbao per year on CF. Can’t say it is something I’ve noticed before but I see lately that she is also carrying out Portsmouth-Santander trips. Is this something she has been doing for sometime or is it a new route to ease the PA problem?
  13. Yes, but think of all the money they have saved on fuel & other consumables!
  14. Docked on-time in CF at Portsmouth Friday 2.15pm. Somewhat surprised to see a sister-ship (Normandie?) discharging her load and inwardly groaned at the potential for serious delays at Immigration. Went down to our car at 2.20, drove off at 2.25 and was on the M275 at 2.50! Huge numbers of cars and motorbikes all waiting to clear Immigration but the marshalling was very effective. Well done Portsmouth!
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