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  • Birthday 30/11/1968

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  1. Vigo story getting another lease of life . https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/new-cork-spain-ferry-route-17735299
  2. Well now Cork - Santander officially gone ... replaced with Rosslare - Bilbao https://twitter.com/EoinBearla/status/1222506113238798336?s=20
  3. Ugh. The drive to Rosslare from this side of the country isn't great. From further West it's even worse. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.
  4. The time stamp is wrong but here's a pic of the Pont Aven passing the Thalassotherapy hotel in Dinard.
  5. I was in Malaga last week and staying near the port. I noticed the Transmediterranea ferry there which has a daily service to Melilla. The prices seemed reasonable and I was wondering have any forum members travelled on it ? The reviews on Google are very mixed.
  6. We stayed in the Louvre many years ago before No.3 was born. Our main memory of the hotel (other than the tight car parking space) was the gorgeous baguettes at breakfast. We munched through so many that they had to go across the road to the bakery and bring back more for us. That was the only time we went on Irish Ferries and the Normandy truly was a rust bucket.
  7. They trialled Priority Boarding for Commodore a couple of years ago. I think it would be a good idea - give people a set time to check in and if they miss that then tough. Can't be beyond the realms seeing as it's a small number of vehicles (and they could limit it to standard cars). Passport control in Roscoff is slowish but not excruciatingly so. Over the last few years they've tidied themselves up and also started scanning and name-checking each car occupant. That's grand. Passport control back in Cork is grand enough. No scanning so that helps.
  8. Some pics of the Connemara in Marino Point (mods feel free to move).
  9. Some pics of the Connemara in Marino Point (mods feel free to move).
  10. What's the problem with the Connemara ? Marinetraffic is showing it en-route to Cork. The Examiner article was a bit hyperbolic. The person saying €205 wouldn't cover tolls was incorrect - we drove "The length of France" from Roscoff to the Pyrenees and then a bit East before dropping to Pamplona and the tolls were €40 (and that may include a bit from another journey). Our total tolls for Roscoff - Bordeaux - Bayonne (ish) - Spain -Bayonne (ish) - Toulouse - Carcassonne - Lyon - Tours - Cap Coz came to circa €180.
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    New Look Revealed

    Ahhhh, the Val.
  12. My view about WiFi is that if you need it for business / urgent necessary requirements then make your own arrangements. The WiFi on the Pont is pants and that's the way it is. Too many folk complain about minor WiFi issues and not extra pastries issues.
  13. Thanks Gareth, I take your points. It has always been sensible for non-UK passengers to pay in sterling and use their card rate as the BF rate is somewhat higher (though the differential used to be much worse). A bit like the buffet, not everyone knew to do this and this year was the first I noticed customers being asked did they want to do it. I agree about the god-awful arrival time in Roscoff - at that hour struggling out of the cabin is as much as anyone is able for let alone a full breakfast.
  14. Well (a) all five didn't avail and, more importantly, (b) BF never mentioned it as an option (I learned about it on this forum) so if they had mentioned it the this gripe would never have been a gripe (and I'd be as fat as a Lord from the big buffet ). Do you seriously think we'd be odd about not getting extra rolls ( that are the hardest in the known universe ) delivered to the cabin if we'd known about the buffet option ?
  15. Well we mention it every time at the Commodore desk and BF know it's a family all on one booking so it's not beyond the bounds of reason to expect the sheet of paper (containing all the details) at the desk to note that this is a family of five split across two areas (and there are plenty of them around). On a different level do BF honestly think that the family member on the recliner will go off and do something else for breakfast ? As a policy it may make technical & financial sense but it goes against the image that BF portray of being better than all the rest and therefore worth the extra.
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