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  1. Looks like she finally made her way onto the beach earlier today in Aliaga
  2. Good to see her back in service. She’s only carrying unaccompanied freight at present. https://www.instagram.com/p/CJiaXuBpHMx/?igshid=1guaufk4s80c7
  3. Looks like the Commodore Goodwill has a special mission ahead of her tonight..!
  4. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope that even during these difficult times you can take a moment to reflect on 2020, enjoy some quality time with your friends and families (even if this is via zoom or remotely), and look forward to a prosperous 2021.
  5. As a distraction from current events, a quick summary of the planned whereabouts of the fleet on Christmas day this year. (Clearly this is subject to change!) Ships Currently In Service Armorique - Le Havre Connemara - Bilbao Galicia - Portsmouth Normandie - Ouistreham Pelican - At Sea (Poole to Bilbao) Ships Currently in Refit/Layup Barfleur - Caen Bretagne - Le Havre Cap Finistere - Santander (Astander shipyard, ETD to be confirmed) Cotentin - Cherbourg Etretat - Le Havre Mont St Michel - Gdansk (Remontowa shipyard, ETD to be confirmed)
  6. A big Happy Birthday to Mont St Michel, which entered service 18 years ago today. She’ll always be a special ship for me, full of happy memories. The maiden voyage signified a real changing of the guard, sailing out on the Quiberon’s final voyage, and then returning on Monty (which had been held for those marking the occasion!).
  7. Sailings will continue, as freight still needs to be carried. The current guidance only restricts international travel if you live in a tier 4 area. No doubt further guidance will be issued by Gov.uk shortly.
  8. An often overlooked ship (which has continued on throughout the current 'crisis'), here's a spectacular photo by "Antonio Ruizg" of the MN Pelican arriving in Santander earlier this year. https://www.instagram.com/p/CId-ZmpBf-n/?igshid=1in7daqalr6d9 His Flickr page is worth a browse too!
  9. The latest guidance has now been published on Gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021
  10. It will take some operational planning yes, however it would certainly be possible through advanced booking (which I believe is in the pipeline). Irish Ferries already offer this service: https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/frequently-asked-questions/general-information/electric-cars/
  11. Cotentin is currently on her way to Cherbourg, having completed berthing trails on the RoRo berth in Le Havre.
  12. Agreed. General discussion has been moved to the general Coronavirus thread.
  13. Channel 4’s ‘Britain’s Most Historic Towns’ is worth a watch, particularly if you are interested in the history of Plymouth and Portsmouth. A few shots of BF too (including the Cap in Plymouth) https://www.channel4.com/programmes/britains-most-historic-towns?cntsrc=social_share_ios_britains_most_historic_towns
  14. There is some lovely footage here of the Galicia whilst in she was Roscoff (in French): https://www.letelegramme.fr/bretagne/plongee-au-coeur-du-nouveau-geant-de-la-brittany-ferries-28-11-2020-12664112.php?share_auth=7ec77aa064da9775a34e24b61b797df5&fbclid=IwAR3j_EGiF3Q2nD1yyzwN3Mjtmd7ptGSfCrlEczVW_FocJ2cU3qMdNmekMfA
  15. Given the recent schedule ‘agreement’ reached with Irish Ferries I await with interest what their response to this will be...! Some great photos of Stena Foreteller arriving this in Rosslare this morning here:
  16. Fun memories of squeezing through the King George lock on the POY! It had to be seen to be believed. Good to see that she made the local news too, even though the BBC didn’t get the story completely right!
  17. It has been reported by Shippax (as highlighted by the Ferries! Facebook Group) that the charter of the Connemara has been extended by a further 24 months.
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  20. ETA now 09:00 tomorrow, with the worst of the weather now behind her.
  21. I would hope that they would honour the scheduled arrival time for a ferry (or plane) arrival, to account for force majeure. As the Thursday departure is a two nighter, there is some padding in the schedule to allow for time to be caught up if needed, so you should be ok. Worth checking with BF though if you are still concerned. Out of interest, which testing provider are you using?
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    2021 Timetables

    Pont-Aven was built to operate from Plymouth, with her originally scheduled to complete the sailing to Santander in just 18 hours. This allowed her to do a round trip to Roscoff on a Tuesday, as well as on a Friday, before heading to Cork. The change to the Irish timetable wasn’t well received (becoming a Saturday crossing from Roscoff). It wasn’t until 2009 that she dropped one Plymouth rotation in favour of Portsmouth. Pride of Bilbao operated until Sep 2010.
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