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  1. Foot passengers and cyclists will be carried again from 1st September. https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus/ceo-message
  2. If you have booked a Brittany Ferries Holiday package to Spain, as a member of ABTA, they are obliged to offer an alternative or a refund. https://www.abta.com/help-and-complaints/frequently-asked-questions/foreign-and-commonwealth-office-advising-against
  3. Details of the Galica have been revealed, including a virtual tour. Discover more here: https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/cruise-ferries/galicia
  4. Andy

    2021 Timetables

    Ah true. I’d forgotten Irish had moved to Dublin. Makes more sense now.
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    2021 Timetables

    On Galicia to Spain: “the price of your crossing includes 1 dinner and 1 breakfast in either the Azul or Taberna restaurant. For dinner, a seating group will be presented to you at check-in and shown on your cabin key.”
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    2021 Timetables

    On the Irish website there is a new route available to book between Rosslare and Cherbourg, commencing on March 22nd using Etretat. - Depart Rosslare 20:00 Monday, arrive Cherbourg 14:00 Tuesday - Depart Cherbourg 16:45 Tuesday, arrive 08:15 Wednesday. Three operators on the same route - who’d have thought?!
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    2021 Timetables

    Largely the same as the Stena ships cabin offerings also. https://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries/stena-estrid/cabins
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    2021 Timetables

    I just manually typed in the web address from one of the existing ships, and put in Galicia
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    2021 Timetables

    The timetables and booking engine have been updated to reflect sailings through to end of October 2021, for French routes (excluding St Malo and Le Havre). "Headlines" spotted so far: - Galicia first sailing currently appears to be on the 22nd March 2021 from Cherbourg to Portsmouth. - Armorique is operating a mid week sailing from Roscoff to Cork in addition to the Pont-Aven's weekend trip, departing Roscoff on a Tuesday. - The Pont-Aven is making an additional midweek trip from Plymouth to Roscoff (to cover for the Armorique). Galicia cabin options indicate: - All cabins offer a "flatscreen TV's and complimentary video on demand to your TV and own device" - Three Commodore Suites are available in addition to Commodore Cabins (which have access to the outside deck). - "Commodore C-Club" lounge available in addition to reclining seats. - Like the Armorique, all outside cabins (exc pet friendly and disabled) are Club or above. - Full details here.
  10. Condor usually operate from Berth 5. Berth 1 is now only ever used by them to lay-by.
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    2021 Timetables

    Latest update on next years schedule has been posted on the CEO update page. Opening for the Winter and 2021, a message from our CEO Dear All, It feels like we’re finally getting back to something approaching normality this week. Teams here have been working hard in the most exceptional of circumstances to prepare our schedules for this coming winter and next year. I have to say it’s a relief to get to this point and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. We are very nearly there. This year’s opening will be different. It has to be. We’ll start with most French routes but not all, as they aren’t quite finalised everywhere yet. Then, we will launch Spanish routes shortly afterwards, probably a week later. One thing I want to be clear about. We disrupted thousands of passengers this year, and four in five helped us through the darkest period of our history by accepting refund credit notes. As a thank you for your loyalty and support, I will ensure you get first choice of sailings, ticket types and cabin choices and the best chance to secure exactly what you want for 2021. Don’t panic if you can’t see your preferred routes or services, there’s still plenty of work going on behind the scenes and our plan is to launch some a little later than others. Watch this space! Similarly, I should be clear that we are launching ferry-only services. Our sail-and-stay holiday products won’t be launched until later this year and I anticipate this will also be a staggered launch. Launch day always brings with it overwhelming demand on our contact centres and websites. This year, the contact centres are already swamped so I need to ask you to please try and keep contact to a minimum. We’ve made huge progress in the past week, but service levels are still not where we’d like them to be. The website has been rigorously tested however and the team is on hand to ensure it delivers the best possible service speed. I’m hoping a staggered approach to launch will help. Moving away from our exciting launch, we’ve heard from many of you questioning the documentation required for entering Spain. The Passenger Locator Form required by Spanish authorities that you can download doesn’t explicitly mention travel by ferry. But it should! Please do not worry, the authorities in Spain are aware of this anomaly. You will still be allowed to travel and we even have copies of the form on board so that you can complete it en-route and hand it in on arrival in port. Elsewhere, I know there’s still considerable unhappiness about our decision to not accept any further bookings for cyclists or foot passengers. I can only apologise now, but these are unparalleled times. We are taking a step-by-step approach to re-commencing passenger services and we have had to make many tough calls such as cancelling three ships for the entire summer season and restricting passenger capacities on others. Every decision we have taken is a balance of what constitutes unnecessary risk operationally and what is truly viable in these most straitened of times. I can assure you the decision on cycles will be subject to regular and pragmatic review and if the service can be reintroduced with minimal disruption to our core business, it will be. Again, I’m sorry for the disappointment this decision created. We’re seeing lots of encouraging signs from our customers looking to travel far enough away from home to feel like they’re escaping but close enough to feel they’re safe and this hugely encouraging. I hope to see further positive trends once we launch and look forward to sharing our fabulous destinations with you into 2021. Wherever you are, stay safe and well.
  12. It may have been always scheduled to see the Cap, but I was posting to highlight the fact that the berth was now being used by her. Commodore Goodwill was on there during the day yesterday too. Being a single deck linkspan the berth is only routinely used by the Connemara (which was scheduled to take up the BDS schedule) and the Etretat now, with occasional visits by the Bretagne and Pont-Aven depending upon which other ships are scheduled to be in at the same time.
  13. Cap Finistere on berth 2 tonight, the first BF ship to use it following the completion of works. Also great to see 5 ships alongside at once again!
  14. She looked pretty impressive as she passed the Still and West! Blue skies too!
  15. Looks as though the "De-Luxe" cabins on the Cap Finistere have been recalssified as "Commodore Suites".
  16. The Condor Rapide set sail today, to Jersey. The weather gods haven't been particularly kind though
  17. The ETA on AIS systems entered manually, so should only be used as a guide. Same for the destination, which is often not changed.
  18. The latest CEO update points to a new 'life onboard' page on their website, which details what services are now available onboard: https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus/life-on-board#tab-4 The sailings update page still says all sailings cancelled up to the 28th June though :/
  19. Thanks Tony, but that’s in daylight... the first Cap sailing with passengers departed in the early hours of Monday morning.
  20. 😄 Beats those awful looking sail rotors! With Pont sailing to Santander and the Cap Finistere carrying passengers to Spain (no photo of Cap I'm afraid, too early for me!), we need to crack open the Sangria!
  21. Thanks so much for sharing Mark!
  22. Andy

    Kerry

    Was today the Kerry’s first call into Roscoff?
  23. Pont-Aven is on her way to Spain! Things are slowly starting to feel a little more normal...
  24. Not good news for St Malo. https://guernseypress.com/news/2020/06/26/french-stevadore-firm-goes-into-liquidation-creating-a-challenge-for-condor/
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