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  1. David Williams

    Pre-order Breakfast

    Portsmouth - Caen is too early, we use Le Havre which gives longer in bed. We take a flask of hot water and a kettle. It takes next to no time to have a perfect brew whilst lying in bed !
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    Portsmouth check-in; some advice please.

    As others have said, it is better to fill the hours away from the terminal. Checkin opens 2-3 hours before sailing - it seems to vary. You need to be checked in before you can park for free in the queue. Moving through security and to the second set of queues normally starts 1 hour before sailing.
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    Portsmouth check-in; some advice please.

    This is an excllent thread, and has given me some ideas for next time. We usually go to the Harvester (Great Saltens), we book a table online when we are clear of the M25 traffic and know our arrival time. It also has some walks on the seafront to get some exercise.
  4. David Williams

    Normandie Express - 2018 Season

    And that is the dilemma. BF push the cruise aspects of the standard crossings, however they are not as relevant on the Eastern routes (Cherbourg, Ouistreham & Le Havre). NEX is a bit like ferries were like many years back - ie rows of bus like seats & only make sense if the ports are convenient (and Cherbourg is not that convenient to many places !). I would like to see NEX in Ouisterham again, however that is unlikely given the increased capacity arriving next year. Unfortunately squeezing 3 crossings a day into the P-C route lead to inconvenient timings (apart from the changeover day).
  5. David Williams

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I think that the extended red from the keel looks quite elegant and complements the red in the logo. I guess that it will stay like this for 2 years and will only change if BF keep the ship.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Unless I am missing something Connemara is EU registered and we have the Irish inspectors on the boat (which is possibly why the Santander - Cork run had no passengers) and the French Unions objecting, the single market seems to be working well ! Re AIS, the original date problem was due to the month and day being entered the wrong way round with 7th May becoming 5th July, however I note that it keeps reverting back to the old ship name.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    <<We're sorry to advise that, due to operational changes, the 19:00 sailing from Roscoff to Cork on 08/05/2018 will now depart from the port of Brest. Latest check-in is now 18:15. On arrival at Brest follow signs for BREST PORT and take the Kiel Avenue route to port. Please call + 353 (0) 21 425 3112 for advice & assistance. We apologise for the inconvenience. >> It is at least a 12 hour drive between Santander and Brest, who do they think will transfer ! Not a good start to the service
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    It may be this ship - not sure http://www.puertosantander.es/cas/camara_detalle.aspx?camara=2
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I see that it has moved out of dry dock (and back to using the wrong name on AIS.) Any pictures yet ?
  10. David Williams

    Grumps corner

    I like that idea, last crossing ended up with me getting grease on my trousers as the passenger gap was too small
  11. David Williams

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I don't imagine that Passengers are the target market for this service, it is more likely to be freight and a lot of that will be trailer only freight and that is not that demanding on facilities. It will not be very pleasant for anyone who wants more than a bar, a cafe and a cinema.
  12. David Williams

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    There will be a lot of strikes until Macron concedes on his new labour laws.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    We are sorry to inform you that due to industrial action by dockers in the port of Le Havre, the following sailings have been affected: Portsmouth to Le Havre 18 April 2018 23:30 - This sailing has been CANCELLED. Le Havre to Portsmouth 19 April 2018 22:00 - This sailing has been CANCELLED. The policy seems to be to let passengers know in advance of making it publicly available.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    There is some form of public sector union strike on the 19th - I wouldn't be surprised to see Cherbourg out as well. However generally Ouistreham seems to have it's own pattern of strikes so hopefully won't be affected.
  15. David Williams

    Help needed!

    Either that or send a Direct Message on twitter fully explaining the circumstances. The team at Brittany ferries are incredibly helpful and have a far better attitude to solving problems than any other transport provider I know. I notice from recent tweets that in addition to helping a mother and daughter return to the UK having had a passport stolen they also sent some flowers to them.