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  1. Cork to Roscoff. Yes outer decks were open but no seating available. Also no form filling as we were from Ireland. However not sure if any of NI registered cars' occupants needed them but nothing mentioned onboard.
  2. Travel Cork to Roscoff last Saturday on PA. All cars put on port side of Deck 3 and allowed upstairs in small groups. No public seating available inside or out on deck, except Self Service (but not staggered seatings probably because too few passengers). Flora shut and few in bar. We dined in our cabin. Asked to vacate cabin 20 minutes before docking, but no crowds gathered as car deck open. All crew wearing facemasks even deck hands. In France few shops are making masks obligatory and only half the people we saw were wearing them properly. Campsites here in Argeles are busy but not full. Whilst nightclubs remain closed most campsites are having discos until midnight.
  3. Can I confirm that Fine Whine's emporium is the red bus outfit.
  4. We'll be onboard on Saturday all being well for Cork-Roscoff and will report back on conditions aboard unless someone is on an earlier sailing.
  5. Shame Mr Varadkar couldn't match up with BF's timetable but we'll chance it by catching 4 July sailing from Cork. We're leaving County Wexford (only 216 cases of Covid and few deaths) for Pyrenees Orientales (277 cases of Covid & 34 deaths with nothing new for over a month). Main risk is big influx from Paris. Will report back.
  6. Try contacting via Twitter, using the Direct Message function for security, if quoting any personal information. They do appear to answer these. Phone lines aren't functioning as most of BF staff are still working from home.
  7. With yesterday's news from the Irish Government extending non-essential travel advice for a further 3 weeks, we're expecting an email from BF cancelling our sailing from Cork on 4 July.
  8. No matter when the ferries start sailing, our problem here in Ireland is the government. They have yet to rescind their advice against non-essential travel despite the rest of the EU opening borders on Monday. To travel against Irish Government advice would invalidate any travel insurance.
  9. Irish Ferries' website confirms WB Yeats taking over french route from Epsilon on Tuesday. Interesting to note that unlike BF reclining seats are available to book, and all 4 berth cabins with one occupant are fully booked (assume freight drivers). Well pleased with the article in Saturday's Irish Times in which Guardia confirm that we can cross county boundaries to reach the ports. I had always thought we could but my wife had doubts. Now vindicated. On starting blocks to book Pont Aven from Cork at the end of the month
  10. It's all well and good that WB Yeats is sailing to France from Tuesday but as yet the french haven't opened up their borders to tourists, so Dubliners won't be arriving in their hordes as yet. One joy from the present crisis is that WB Yeats won't be overrun by gangs of school kids like last year.
  11. After the Spanish tourism minister announced that the french/spanish border would open on 22 June, the Spanish PM, two hours later, said no, the border won't open until 1 July
  12. More to the point is the fact thatva lot of ferries have stopped taking foot passengers (BF have certainly said no foots or cyclists
  13. Nice to see Eurostar protecting the customer. As Martin Lewis said, yesterday, on Jeremy Vine show (BBC R2) if the consumer cancels the deal they automatically lose all their rights to refunds, vouchers, etc. We have flights booked with Ryanair in late July, but don't fancy being squeezed in on a plane. We know we'll get no refund and don't want to amend to later date, so we'll lose the money. However might to the Hunter Davies trick of checking in but not turning up so Mr O'Leary can't resell the seats.
  14. Got an email from BF on Friday. At the end it thanks me for my support in “these dark times” (I accepted a credit note without arguing), and offering a “rebooking discount” of 15% using a special link on the email and using the credit note. Can be used on any route this year and next but must book by 31 July 2020. Anybody else seen this? Plus, overnight, Irish Ferries have changed the date of qualifying bookings for free amendments/refunds from 29 June to 12 July. We had a sailing on 1 July and IF have twice advanced the “balance due” date as the virus situation developed. Now we can amend or cancel without a fee or penalty.
  15. If anyone in the UK wished to use France or Spain ferries via Ireland make sure you book your Irish Sea crossing (i.e. the landbridge) via BF as they get quite large discounts from Stena and Irish Ferries.
  16. Somebody is expecting the beaches to open soon as the main poste de secour went up on the main beach at Argeles sur Mer on Wednesday.
  17. Does anyone in France have definitive info as to when the borders will be open. We've seen October but not sure if this is for non-EU traffic and they might open earlier for EU folk like us in the Irish Republic.
  18. Never mind your PG Tips, chocolate biscuits,etc. I'm down to my last three 5 litre red wine boxes and may need to break into my bottle cellar soon. Given the price of booze here in the Irish Republic I may have to go teetotal. Can't wait to hitch up the trailer and head for Langedoc Roussillon but may not be unto September or beyond.
  19. We have a mobilhome down in Argeles and our campsite owner is telling folks he'll be open by mid May, which we doubt, and even if he did open we doubt the borders will be. Any thoughts from you folk living en France?
  20. We used the King Harry ferry once without realising how much it cost - £5! for 50 hards, which worked out at a penny for every clank of the chain.
  21. Here in Irish Republic things have got a little stricter with almost a lock-down for but essential workers. The Prime Minister did cause a bit of a panic in his Saturday evening address. Folks are supposed to exercise within 2 Km of home, but people thought this meant shopping as well and there was a rush to the shops. I'm over the magic age of 70 and thus am supposed to be cocooning, i.e. stay indoors for at least 14 days and abide by 10 pages of rules. Not even supposed to eat with my wife, and not share bathrooms or beds - some hopes
  22. You do wonder about some supermarkets and their responsibility fir its' customers. Watched a Sainsbury store on TV last night showing it opening early for the oldies. Queues outside before opening and very crowded once inside. No attempts to separate people at all, snd the pensioners didn't seem to bother either. A couple of “at risk” ladies interviewed said they'd shopped so they dudn't have to come out again - may be too late.
  23. For people with issues about staying indoors there's nothing to stop those with their own transport going for a drive as well as walking. We intend to do this here in the Irish Republic, as we're self isolating, as requested by the government, after returning from France on Monday. Good job we have a daughter nearby as home delivery of groceries is hopeless. We tried to register for Tesco's oldies scheme, but no chance of getting through on phone line, and even if we did succeed the first delivery would have been the beginning of April.
  24. Hf-uk asked about my other three cancellations on PA in the last year. One was weather and two were engine problems. Eventually got back to Ireland yesterday after changing bookings again, when following Mr Macron's announcement Saturday our holiday accommodation was closed on Sunday. So using the web (office not yet open) we got ourselves back via Caen - Portsmouth and Pembroke - Rosslare. BF refunded our previous booking but I'm out of pocket on the UK/Ireland route. Might ask BF for contribution later. The French and Spanish governments reactions were caused by Madrid and Paris citizens who took school closures as an excuse for an extra holiday. We saw this in Sables d'Olonne on Saturday when loads of Parisians were crowding restaurants etc. Now with everything shut they're going home.
  25. Luckily we noticed straightaway and rang to organise our return to Ireland, but Plymouth office can only get us to UK (which we hoped to avoid). Now have to wait until Monday for Cork office to open to arrange land bridge hopefully at their expense. No explanation as to coronavirus rationale. This will be our fourth PA cancellation in less than twelve months.
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