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  1. I commented earlier about how much wider the Galicia vehicle ramp looked than the ghastly CF one which is a bit nerve- wracking for motorhomers. I gather, though have not had this confirmed, that several motorhomer got stuck and various bits were ripped off their underside because of the layout at the top of the ramp. Does anyone know more ? Re electric charging points for cars: we were advised that we must not use our small low wattage travel kettle on board as the CF electrics could not cope with the extra load.
  2. Does anyone have any information on whether the boat felt more stable than the Cap F would have done in similar sea conditions ?
  3. In the circumstances clearly the only choice. Coming back on that route, if the weather was at all stormy, we went down to our cabin as soon as we boarded and got ready to lie down. You get very little time between leaving the port and hitting the open sea. I guess with a new, relatively untried ship, the captain will want to take no risks at all. I hope things calm down for them soon.
  4. Still there- 21 minutes ago- on a very wet looking Port webcam. This must be very disappointing for personnel who will want everything to go smoothly.
  5. Going back to the Galicia crossing; can anyone point me in the right directiion for feedback from those who sailed on it on Thursday night ? I hope some notice was given that they intended to dock early and let passengers stay in bed until the normal time ! I can imagine the panic in our cabin if we woke up to hear the ship docking and assumed we had missed the dulcet tones of the BF wake up music and queues of angry motorists would be waiting behind our motorhome to get on their way.
  6. Thanks Ferry Man....though reading this only rubs it in that we won’t be on board ! Given the display is at 7 pm then none of the passengers waiting to board will be able to see it properly from the terminal waiting area. I wonder why they didn’t wait until the ship had sailed and put the display on when she was a suitable distance from the barge ?
  7. I’m feeling a little less disappointed after looking at Windy for Thursday and Friday. Thanks !
  8. For many years we have done the Portsmouth/Santander or Bilbao route in December return March and August return October. I can remember very few crossings when going onto the outer decks was an option and warnings were often that we moved about inside the boat at our own risk. I’m delighted to see that the Galicia has improved stability devices and look forward to the day when we don’t even take Stugeron with us.
  9. Yes, we were really looking forward to it. We were originally booked in the CF and were transferred, with our Club booking changed to Commodore. Sadly we have just cancelled the booking as winter in a locked down campsite with minimal insurance would be too much of an adventure. I hope someone braver than we are will write about the experience.
  10. We were scheduled to leave Portsmouth at 2215 next Thursday on Galicia and arrive in Santander at 0800 on Saturday. We were to have free 2 breakfasts and dinners to take into account the longer sailing time
  11. It's pleasing to see that the ramp up to the upper parking decks looks wider than the CF one. Going up that in a motorhome when the ramp is wet and slippery, you have inches of clearance and you are stopped half way up is a stressful way to start a winter away in Spain !
  12. There is a short bit that refers to the “ dog exercise area” and shows an ordinary deck with ordinary rails. We thought that these should be reinforced as I can just see dogs on leads getting under the lower rail and falling off the deck. No time to watch it again now so can’t tell you exactly where it was in the film. The Armorique was not equipped to do the long Spanish route with pets and they all had to stay in owner’s vehicles and be allowed out under supervision, a very few times during the 2 night trip. I dread to think what some vehicles were like afterwards and we saw one dog who was a trembling wreck.
  13. We ( not pet owners) commented on the Galicia's dog exercise area and wonder how many dogs will be left dangling by their leads as they go under the rather high barrier. We remember coming back from Spain on the Amorique once when the scheduled boat broke down. We stopped off at Roscoff and while there pet owners could exercise dogs on deck. A rather inquisitive German Shepherd got his head stuck in one of the whatever-you-call-the big-steel-circular-things-where -the ropes-go-into. Many thanks to all concerned with the presentation. We did enjoy it,and hope that we have more luck travelling on her next year.
  14. If we had not just cancelled our tickets for the 3rd December sailing I’d be on the phone, panic- stricken, to Brittany Ferries. Surely someone could have checked the press release accuracy even if the original was wrong.
  15. Sorry...a distinct sense of humour failure here. We were so looking forward to the sailing and the new ship. Many thanks for the link. We’ll be there, with box of hankies.
  16. Why ? We’ve got tickets booked on the 3 rd December sailing ! Surely that entitles us to view the event, especially when we had the initial invitation sent earlier ?
  17. Recently we had this email from Brittany Ferries as part of Club Voyage news. When I click on Find Out More I am told that the page does not exist. Does anyone know how to access this event ?
  18. We wondered whether it had anything to do with it being made in Greece where, in summer, the chances of keeping it below 25 deg C without a fridge are slight. The above seem more likely explanations though. When I was give a month’s supply at the hospital in September I was told to get it home as soon as possible and put it in the fridge.....! What an excellent forum this is: ferries and eye drops, travel times and breakfast buns.
  19. You’re absolutely right. I’ve just looked at the instructions in the new box ( green flash) which I got from my pharmacy and started last night and it says it must be stored, in the dark, below 25 deg C but not necessarily in the fridge. The box I was given at the hospital- same formulation that I could see but different packaging, definitely said store in fridge both open and unopened. I’d assumed the different packaging was simply because it was a different supplier. Thank you all. It seems I have been worrying needlessly.
  20. Thank you. I’ll do that. I didn’t know there was a non- fridge version. I was given the original box ( fridge type) by the eye hospital and they sent the prescription through to my surgery for the same thing. It would be a huge help to have a version that didn’t need refrigerating.
  21. Thanks Khaines. We have one of these but don't take it with us in the motorhome ( where we have a fridge which will be turned off on the voyage ) and it would be a bit of a nuisance in a confined space over winter. I think they must be keeping the car decks on BF ships much warmer than they used to. Years ago things that we put in the freezer were still frozen when we arrived and our frozen first night meal, in the body of the fridge, was often still fairly solid. We've noticed of late that the fridge gets quite warm and we have not put anything in the frezzer compartment. Hence, I'm not happy to leave my eye drops in there. On the Greek ferries we often get a 16 amp hook-up provided but the extra complications of loading on BF so that that happens are I guess not something they would want to offer.
  22. Thank you all. I don't want to phone BF as they have enough on at the moment and our sailing is not ( DV) until December. I did want to be able to rest easy that there was a solution to this however and I can now do that. Thanks again
  23. I’ve recently been prescribed eye drops that must be kept in a fridge. We’re booked for a 36 hour crossing and I will have 3 months supply with me and need access once during the crossing. Does anyone know if Brittany Ferries make any provision for this ?
  24. Just to clarify: we are BF Club Voyage members and were notified of the sailing cancellation a long time before others on the aire were told. We had booked direct with BF. We did not have much time for collective speculation as to why this was so but we thought it might be something to do with being CV members. Certainly it could not have been alphabetical surname order as we are right at the other end of the alphabet.
  25. We were at the Santander marina aire. We got a text from BF late afternoon ( Club Voyage members ?) but no- one else on the aire got any notification until some time later, by which time we had told everyone else and we had all arranged onward travel and ferries from different French ports via BF, who, for us anyway, were very helpful and clear. Not their fault as there were apparently 2 frontal systems coming from opposite directions and due to meet somewhere on our projected route. One unfortunate couple had, by mistake, gone to the dockside in Bilbao, looked at their tickets and realised they were booked from Santander, come all the way back and we gave them the message as they arrived that they’d have to go that way once again.
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