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  1. ferries1st

    prices 2017

    If it's May half term weekends out and back then this is probably why the price is what it is especially with St.Malo - worth looking at a package inc gite through BF
  2. I think the problem is that these ( Superba & Suprema) were both built to southern European specifications and the required upgrade as well as the need for scrubbers would possibly make these too expensive
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    Caen/Ouistreham - Industrial Action

    I don't think you will find that BF are not "a workers cooperative" they are owned by a Farmer's cooperative which is a very different thing!
  4. ferries1st

    BF price increases

    Isn't this Le Mans weekend? I would imagine there is very little space left on any of the BF services to that area and even more surprised DFDS have space let alone at that price!!!
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    Caen/Ouistreham - Industrial Action

    Thursday 09th April 2015 Cancellations rise on second day of French air strike Passengers travelling to Europe face a second day of disruption which is likely to be worse than yesterday as airlines have been forced to cancel a greater number of flights. French Civil Aviation Authority, which yesterday ordered a 40% reduction in flights due to a 48 hour strike by French air traffic controllers, has today ordered the number of cancellations be increased to 50% on many routes. While declining to say how many flights to and from France today, British Airways said some other short-haul flights are also likely to be hit by significant delays as they would normally use French airspace. Ryanair confirmed it had cancelled 250 flights across Europe today, including 72 to and from the UK, while Flybe has been forced to cancel 26 from the UK. Air France has been worst affected with up to 60% of its flights from some airports cancelled. It will operate only half its medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, only one flight out of four from Paris Orly and 40% of flights from Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice and Nantes. However, its long-haul flights are unaffected. BA said it was trying to limit passenger disruption by using larger aircraft on some routes, where possible. EasyJet urged passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport. Further strikes by the SNCTA union are planned for April 16 to 18 and April 29 to May 2.
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    Caen/Ouistreham - Industrial Action

    Wednesday 08th April 2015 Hundreds of flights cancelled due to French strikes The French Civil Aviation Authority has told airlines they need to cut 40 per cent of flights today (Wednesday) due to strikes by French air traffic controllers. Ryanair has already cancelled over 250 flights and warned further cancellations and delays are likely. The airline said the strike was 'unwarranted' and called on the EU and French authorities to take measures to prevent any further disruption. "It's grossly unfair that thousands of European travellers will once again have their travel plans disrupted by the selfish actions of a tiny number of French ATC workers," it said. All customers have been contacted by email and text message and advised of their options - a full refund, free transfer onto next available flight or free transfer onto an alternative flight routing. EasyJet has cancelled 118 flights to and from France, including 10 to and from the UK, and is also keeping passengers informed of any flight changes via e-mail and text. "Customers can also check flight information on our Flight Tracker page on our website," it said. Air France has cut 40% of its medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, 70% from Orlay, and 40% of flights from other French airports. It said it will operate nearly all of its long-haul schedules. Air France said last-minute delays and cancellations can also be expected and is strongly advising customers to rebook alternative flights from April 110. It also advised passengers to update their contact details on its website with their telephone numbers or email address so it can keep them updated. British Airways would not disclose numbers, but said it would be using larger aircraft as well as re-routing some flights to try 'to help as many customers as possible get to where they need to be'. "Unfortunately there will be some knock-on delays to other parts of our short-haul network as a result of the strike action, given how much airspace in Europe will be affected. We are sorry for the disruption to customers' travel plans," it added. The SNCTA is planning nine full days of strikes between April 8 and May 2, starting with a 48-hour walk-out. Short-haul flights to and from France are most likely to be hit. But even passengers flying to and from other European destinations, with flight paths over French airspace, are likely to be impacted. French airspace is the busiest in Europe, with an average of 8,000 flights each day. The strikes could cause disruption for thousands of British holidaymakers returning from their Easter breaks.
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    Caen/Ouistreham - Industrial Action

    It's not just the ferries that get caught by strikes the following is in the travel press this morning Tuesday 07th April 2015 French strikes threaten flight cancellations and delays French air traffic controllers are threatening two days of strike action starting tomorrow (Wednesday). Talks are continuing and airlines will be informed of the outcome this afternoon. The French Civil Aviation Authority will calculate how much capacity can be handled by those controllers who don't strike and will let airlines know later today how many flights they need to cancel. French airspace is the busiest in Europe, with an average of 8,000 flights each day. The strikes would cause disruption for thousands of British holidaymakers returning from their Easter breaks. The SNCTA union is calling for nine days of industrial action between April 8 and May 2, starting with a 48-hour walk-out. EasyJet said the strike would have 'significant impact' on its flights, including cancellations. "We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact to our customers and are working through our plans which we will communicate as soon as we can," it said. "If we are forced to cancel any flights, our customers will be informed by SMS and email, with up to date information on the situation available on easyJet.com." It strongly advised passengers due to travel on April 8 and 9 to check the status of their flight before going to the airport. Air France also warned of cancellations should the strike go ahead. "We will inform you soon and make our utmost to assist you to minimise the impact of this industrial action on your travel plans," it said on its website.
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    Caen/Ouistreham - Industrial Action

    I seem to remember that Condor suffered strikes as well not too long ago.
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    Winter passenger numbers

    I think this more a case of "lost in translation" more I am unable to tell you because I don't know exactly but approx. 300 ....
  10. Re: LD Lines Poole to Santander/Gijon (was Norman Asturais to Santander) I think it was more the case that the limited cabin accommodation was 100% full and not that the ship filled the garage decks
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    DFDS axe Le Havre route

    Re: DFDS axe Le Havre route So why not roll this out to the whole of Europe rather than just the E Channel and N Sea??
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    BF Christmas party trips on the Pont Aven.

    Re: BF Christmas party trips on the Pont Aven. I am an MDL berth holder and have been on most of their trips and I can tell you that the majority have enjoyed reasonable weather for the time of year. Last year's trip was the first with any issue and that was that the Pont Aven had a technical issue and was replaced by the Bretagne which could not coupe with 340 people at once time in the restaurant. The MDL trip is focused at MDL berth holders, family and friends and although anyone can book if you do not belong or are linked to a particular marina then it become very obvious at the meal - as you all sit down together in your respective marinas. When we have booked on these crossing a warning is given that the event is taking place and that the restaurant has very little availability n the Saturday evening. I believe the previous w/e is the annual Wave 105 Xmas trip as well.
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    Cabin price increase for 2015

    Re: Cabin price increase for 2015 Having asked I have been told that the cabin prices in general have not increased but the seasons applied were simplified and thus some that were low season this year are mid season which explains the £85.00 and £99.00 difference which is the same as the difference between low and mid season prices this year just depends on when you travel.
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    LD Lines at Saint Nazaire

    Re: LD Lines at Saint Nazaire Are you referring to Brittany Ferries or 'others' ?
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    Winter booking

    Re: Winter booking The winter schedule is not late BF set their schedules Nov to Nov and it came out the same time last year. Understand going live next week.
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