I had the most fantastic time on my recent day trip to Roscoff on board the old faithful Bretagne. Slightly lumpy on the way out but Bretagne remained steadfast as always. Could barely feel a thing. Following a drizzly start in Roscoff at around 11am the sun came out and I enjoyed a smaller boat trip to the beautiful Ile de Batz with crab pate and toast for lunch. Return trip was my much awaited bridge visit, and, as requested upon embarking I reported to information. Expecting to be called over the tannoy at some point after cast-off once auto-pilot had been engaged, I was surprised when the polite lady said that the captain had already been in contact regarding my visit and was about to call back, which he duly did. I was asked if I would like to join the captain and his officers to watch departure (wild horses would'nt keep me away) and I was escorted through corridors and up via lift to the place where passengers do not normally go. Almost in awe a door opened onto the bridge, I could barely speak, I was totally in awe. To the captain I spoke "Hi, I'm Kaz" to which he replied "Hello, I am the captain" (which amused me) No photography allowed. I stood back inconspicuous while the crew did their work and we pulled off the berth onto a glass like sea. Barely any manoevring involved, straight off the berth into the channel. Shortly afterwards the captain disappeared and his second in command came and chatted to me at length. He was so polite and friendly. I commented on the condition of the Bretagne and how immaculate she was looking, not bad considering she is due for refit in February. We talked about scrubbers and the new vessel, and the retirement of the Bretagne. He admitted that Bretagne would be a hard act to follow and that her routes would then be covered by Pont Aven as she would be the only one suitable. He agreed that Bretagne was a firm favourite with customers and crew alike, but given her age it was due to progress. In the middle of chatting we were treated to a visit from a pod of around 60 dolphins. Beautiful. He said he had seen whales and all kinds of wildlife in his 18 years on the bridge. I then chatted to a young sea cadet who was had four months remaining of his training to become an officer. He asked me if I wanted to go back down, but I was welcome to stay if I wished. The sea was so unbelievably calm for this time of year that everything was running very smoothly. I said I would stay but only if it was ok - I ended up staying for nearly two hours in the end, just chatting and observing.