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  1. Yes I agree. I was wrong to cast any aspersions. I apologise to the moderators.
  2. First I must clarify: my memory is of a suggestion that they could not be bothered as opposed to specifically saying it. I have not readily been able to locate it. If the injustice has grown while bottled in my memory I apologise. I wanted to avoid either inflaming or personalising things so held back from replying at the time; the situation was very difficult for lots of people. In that spirit I will do my best to point you in the right direction, but by pm rather than publicly. My positive point about customer service stands.
  3. I am pleased to report proactive contact from BF Customer Services in recent days. The revised timetable issued last week removed both of the sailings we were booked on [into Le Havre and Poole]. As they are part of a BF Holiday booking I was hopeful of the outcome. Sure enough they phoned last Thursday morning to propose alternatives [Caen]. I accepted those but said that we would still prefer to return from Cherbourg. I was promised a call as soon as the Cherbourg sailings were available for booking. That call came this morning and the switch made. The person dealing with me was working from home. He was experiencing some difficulties with broadband being affected by bad weather in Portsmouth but preferred this to the risks of working in an office at present. One thing on this forum that has grated badly with me is a posting about three months ago (by a moderator!) that BF staff couldn’t be bothered. That struck me as deeply unfair to them. Was it based on evidence or frustration? Anyway, I hope that this helps to redress the balance.
  4. Jonno, were the sailings booked as one return booking, or as two separate one way bookings? The lack of realisation certainly smacks of computers, or under trained staff.
  5. Freedom of the outside decks! This is one of things we most look forward to on a BF crossing. It is where we will often take our coffee (maybe a beer). It is a big reason why we choose to travel with BF. In the constant refrain of ‘stay in your cabin’ I am worried that access to the outside decks could be disregarded and the doors kept locked as an easy but unnecessary sop to safety.
  6. That sounds like the operation itself!
  7. This sounds promising for the on-board experience that BF may be able to offer from late June. Thanks for the updates, Ed.
  8. Regretably not, though that might change in future. The studio have replied to an enquiry from my brother, explaining that they put the images online simply for general interest. They are now looking into how they might make them available for sale in future. If anything comes of it I'll post the information here.
  9. Last summer I seem to remember discussion on here about PA being delayed, often by diversions to give assistance to other vessels, and having difficulty in catching back up with her schedule between Sundays and Thursdays (i.e. while sailing to/from Santander). That seemed to occur quite a few weeks in mid summer. Wouldn't lack of one engine compound the difficulties, or was she holding off from full power and just taking a measured approach to making up the lost time?
  10. Thanks for this, jonno; very interesting. What are the prospects for diversification on the other side of the Channel, away from Calais? I recall UK government ministers, several weeks ago, urging freight hauliers and operators to use other ports as an alternative to Calais, presumably Belgian and Dutch ports. I heard that some development is being made at Rotterdam, but generally I imagine the new facilities at Calais will make diversification to other ports less likely?
  11. Here is an alternative link to a plan of Terminal Jules Verne, showing the elevator down into the railway interchange: https://www.ladefense.fr/en/terminal-jules-verne btw, you'd probably find RER A to be faster than Ligne 1 ( but much less attractive, to me). If you have lots of time consider continuing by bus: 73 until its terminus Musee d’Orsay, then 24 to Gare de Lyon. [Neither run on Sundays.] In my experience on other routes in Paris, this has been easier and more relaxed than the metro; that has included when travelling with someone less mobile and with suitcases. Less walking, understanding people, more interesting. Your particular journey would be considerably quicker by Ligne 1 or RER A though, as both are direct.
  12. We enjoyed a very peaceful night on Bretagne's deck 2 when we had a cabin there a couple of years ago, despite it being a Friday evening in peak season. I was almost disappointed by the lack of marine diesel rumblings. I enjoy these as holiday lullaby. When LNG takes over I'll miss them, though I imagine that I am in a minority on that one.
  13. You can look forward to the Quic en Groin, Neil. My partner and I fondly remember our night there a couple of years ago. Small, family run, very fine shower and an indulgent breakfast buffet in a conservatory. It is well placed for a stroll to Plage de Bons Secours. I was glad of a space in their garage, conscious of having a conspicuously full car at the end of two weeks camping, but book this in advance, limited spaces. Hope you have as good a time as we did. Nb As this is almost my first post here, let me say hello to all. A few holidays such as this are my experience of BF, two years ago being the most recent. For us, there is no better way to start out on holiday than boarding Bretagne.
  14. Thanks Cabin Boy for the excellent photos and account. Evocative of fond memories of two weeks on Belle Ile last summer. We enjoyed a relaxed drive cross country (SW) several hours from St. Malo. I imagine that the Quiberon peninsula could be slow at peak times, but the ferry was fun as CB describes. The island lends itself to cycling, flattish apart from the steep sided valleys leading down to the ports and beaches on the north and east. It totals perhaps 15 km x 8 km with enough beaches for a whole summer. There are plenty of bike hire places in La Palais, enough to find an electric bike which my fiancé could manage with her bad knee, and set off slowly in deference to her expressions of 'reluctance'. By afternoon she was gleefully disappearing up the road, headed for another beach.
  15. PR has proved hugely valuable in Northern Ireland. The Assembly is much more constructive and less sectarian than Stormont when elected by FPTP. When introduced, the slogan (supported by Westminster politicians) was "PR is as easy as 1-2-3". It was that simple to vote. PR has its drawbacks, but really deserves a fair hearing, especially if an electorate is strongly partisan. For anyone curious to see it work, try stepping through the stages of a constituency count: http://elections.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ni-assembly-2017/belfast-south (impressive website from the Belfast Telegraph illustrating the counts from last month's Assembly elections)
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