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  • Birthday 01/10/1983

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  1. Hi all, loving the Bretagne 30 years book but slightly disappointed with the lack of onboard pics from her early days. Does anyone have any pics of the Lido Bar, hair salon, photo shop or the shop when it had stairs from deck 5 to 6. Or perhaps an original deckplan? Starting to think I imagined it all!
  2. The main difference, after 40 ISH years, the end of a blue and orange/red stripe in its entirety!
  3. I know I know! Don't shatter my dreams Gareth! 😉
  4. I'd love to see Normandie replace Armorique, offering the BF service on the roscoff route with the economie-esque Armorique on the appropriate route. A boy can dream. (Though of course stranger things have happened... never expected the Duc or Pont L'Abbe on the route either)
  5. A slight aside but interested to know how often the buffet is available in the Normandie and Mont restaurants. Is it seasonal or purely based on passenger numbers? I've always found bf very good value for food, whether restaurant, self service or cafe.
  6. Cornuailles returned after Newhaven to launch the Truckline passenger service from Poole. I don't think she ever appeared in the 82-02 logo though.
  7. I think of all the different variations of winter service the once a week Friday over Saturday back sailings seemed the most suited to the route (although even then passenger numbers could be low). The trouble with that is the Plymouth to St Malo (and one year Plymouth Cherbourg) positioning crossings had very poor numbers. I remember one sailing single when i was one of only 6 cars. I'd love there to be an all year round service from Plymouth but I'm not sure it's sustainable with the substantially bigger ships.
  8. Bretagne is down for the final Cork sailing of the 2018 season but strangely with no positioning sailings. Also another year with no Plymouth Roscoff service for much of the winter.
  9. Likewise Seahorse. Certain people seem to dominate and certain topics to do with a certain ship and route seem to be shoe horned in. Its put me off.
  10. Re: Brittany Ferries to operate the Norman Voyager to Le Havre & Santander http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/economie - here we go from BF website
  11. Re: Brittany Ferries to operate the Norman Voyager to Le Havre & Santander Looks like there is going to be a new "Brittany Ferries economie" brand! http://www.letelegramme.fr/economie/brittany-ferries-un-nouveau-navire-et-100-emplois-a-la-cle-07-02-2014-10025762.php
  12. Re: The cost of changing fuel from 2015 It's also worth bearing in mind that despite looking fresh through refits, the Bretagne, Normandie and Barfleur are getting on a bit. 10 years ago, the Quiberon and Duc De Normandie (ahhhhh how I miss them) were still chugging along with BF, with much talk about how long they could continue for - at that time, they were among the oldest ships on the channel. By 2015 the Bret, Norm and Barf will all be of an equivalent age, so whether or not these fuel regulations come in, they're all still potentially due for replacement anyone. (as much as it pains me to say it about the lovely Bretagne). I wouldn't be surprised to see another Superfast coming to BF, or crossing durations increased further to save fuel.
  13. Re: Favourite Livery Ahhhhhh - its the devil cat! Like a ferry in fancy dress!
  14. Re: Favourite Livery For me it has to be Quiberon 84-02 - it was a very subtle livery. Other than BF have a soft spot for Stena Lines current livery. I think it looks very modern and sleek and seems to suit every ship no matter the size or age of ship.
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