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David Williams

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  1. The picture from Chris is making me salivate, the best Camembert is made with raw milk. Calvados is also good for Cider and Calvados plus there is lots of seafood available (for the wife). A perfect area to eat and drink well !
  2. The one thing that French cheese does not normally do well is grate.
  3. We have a flat in Dives sur Mer which is in Calvados; the 3 AOC cheeses from this Department are Camembert, Livarot & Pont l'eveque. These are really good soft cheeses, however I often take some Cheddar from the UK to balance them ! There is a factory in Livrarot that gives a really good (and free) tour.
  4. Was free wifi promised in the cabins in Honfleur ? On recent trips on the MSM, I noted a good signal strength in the cabin for the paid for wifi & technically BF could have free wifi running from the same infrastructure, however commercially they obviously choose not to.
  5. I believe that the funding for the Irish Ferries builds comes from the European Investment fund, that may well come with some restrictions over where it is built.
  6. There does seem to be a storage tank at the top of the Honfleur - it also seems to be present in the animation
  7. Is that definite, the last release FSG put out denied that negotiations had broken down, I have not seen anything about them agreeing the contract and more importantly getting state guarantees to get the funding.
  8. BF really have a problem maintaining this, in addition they deliberately slow down the release of information in order to inform passengers sailing by sailing. Most other transport companies pass on information almost immediately either by having reliable information updated immediately on a searchable site or for immediate stuff being embedding via a specific twitter feed in the updates page. I have seen tweets where the social media team say that they will ask for the page to be updated - maybe they should take responsibility for it !
  9. The Honfleur site still says Sea Trials November, Delivery December, Into Service March; However the Siem report says Delivery in Q1 2020. I imagine that BF believe they will have some confidence on timings at the beginning of October in order to publish a timetable. Re FSG - it would have taken them some time to renegotiate things with the subcontractors & they have seem to be prioritizing the Leevsten as it will bring in cash in October. The new build has slowed down (presumably for cash flow reasons) and they still have not announced whether the 2 Tasmanian vessels and the Irish Ferry ship will go ahead .
  10. If you do, don’t forget that receiving sales calls could cost you £2.40 per minute !
  11. Yes this will be our first Spanish experience with BF, we have been on most of the French routes. Our plan is one way to Spain and then drive back through France. You have all convinced me to go on PA. Thanks
  12. Ok Thanks, that convinces me to try for the Commodore cabin on Pont Aven, I will just have to be quick come October. Re the comment about fresh air on deck 10, that doesn’t fit our needs as we like to sleep with fresh air if possible.
  13. Thanks for the info, very useful, we are used to the buffets on the MSM and Normandie & my wife loves the seafood ! Portsmouth is better for us as we live in London
  14. David Williams

    CF vs PA

    I am contemplating booking a crossing out to Spain and then returning via France next Summer & want to be ready for the October rush. I have French Club Voyage membership. I would be grateful for advice on choosing between the CF and PA, we are not bothered about entertainment but do like a decent restaurant - is it correct that the CF does not have buffet starters in the decent restaurant ? We also like the idea of fresh air in the cabin - am I right that only the PA Commodore cabin has that or are there any other options. Do the Spanish fares rise a lot in the UK school holidays ? We are not sure whether to go in early or late July. All help welcome.
  15. Not sure where all of this money is coming from - it looks like BF will be expecting the States to stump up the cash for ships & I would imagine that legally the 2 companies would be separate with some shared servicing functions that keep money rolling into BF.
  16. Is this what you want ? https://www.hancocks.co.uk/dsc-belgian-chocolate-milk-mouse
  17. PS the PA passengers from Plymouth will have fun as the port will be full of Amorique passengers - that's the problem with relying on small ports like Plymouth ! Tuesday 13 August Plymouth to Santander at 23:15 (was 18:00) – We're sorry to inform you that due to adverse weather conditions, this sailing will be delayed by approximately 5 hours. Check-in will open at 20:00 and close at 22:30. Parking in the Port of Plymouth may be limited until after 19:15. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
  18. I think this is just due to PA being 5 hours late and instead of the Amorique coming in to Plymouth after the PA had left it has to turn round before it comes in.
  19. Good mix, the Etretat is back on the normal timetable so you will have a decent sleep - don't forget the thermos or kettle so you can stay in bed and don't have to worry about the Cafe.
  20. Stena RO RO make a living out of owning ships and leasing them out to other Companies - only the Brittany Ferries and DFDS eflexers will be owned by that company, the others will be owned by one of the main Stena companies. BF currently lease 2 Stena ships and will shortly lease a third. The full list of Stena RORO ships is https://www.stenaroro.com/what-we-offer/fleet-list/
  21. I note that Dover ferries have up to 5 hours delay due to the weather. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-49304501 It makes me smile seeing some of the BF Twitter complaints when the ships don't leave and arrive exactly on time, some of the customers seem to forget about nature !
  22. I think that they should turn off all wifi and let everyone have a relaxing unconnected crossing. I have never tried to connect on a BF Ship.
  23. I thought that it was the contents of the plate after partial digestion,
  24. Maybe he should P..P.. pick up a Penguin
  25. If they cancelled, they would cancel the return sailing as well. However it is more likely that the Captain would just choose a longer course to keep away from the storm (like they do on planes). BF know exactly where the problems are predicted to be - note that they moved tomorrow's Santander to Cork crossing forward an hour to keep ahead of the storm. It is more likely that the Normandie Express and possibly Balfeur will be cancelled !
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