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  1. Sounds like a really intelligent thing to do...
  2. I've only sailed on the Ulysses the once and was distinctly under-whelmed, but I have to say I thought the large 'Irish pub' overlooking the bow was probably her best feature...!
  3. Where is Oscar Wilde at the moment, laid up? Has she been sold?
  4. I've read that DFDS' current CEO Niels Smedegaard is standing down at the end of April. I wonder if this will mean any kind of change in direction for the company?
  5. Based on my experience to Honfleur, I'd happily book again for next NYE. I'd be more than happy with Rouen since I've never experienced the trip up the Seine. I thought BF did a great job and Pont-Aven suited her role as "cruise" ship perfectly; as I've said previously it was much more civilised than being ordered off the ship first thing each morning.
  6. Stena Line certainly has the know-how and the ships. The two current vessels on Birkenhead-Belfast will soon be available, as has been mentioned, so it will be interesting to see where they end up. Personally i'd like to see Stena have more of a presence both in the Channel and also on the North Sea.
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    New Look Revealed

    What is the flag she's flying from her bow? It's not the Norman flag is it?
  8. The design of the hull reminds me of the new generation ACL container ships. I presume it has been designed with maximum fuel efficiency in mind...
  9. Well I'm certainly no expert here, but I would have thought that if the likes of Viking Line & DFDS can work wonders with their older tonnage, then BF could have done more to modernise Bretagne. I take the points about wanting to replace her etc, but they haven't. It's been a while since I last sailed on Bretagne so I can't really comment directly on how she is today, but I would have thought the worst thing they could do is to allow things to stagnate.
  10. I've only sailed on Armorique once, quite deliberately, back from Roscoff because I wanted to see for myself. I like her, nice cabin, nice bar, more than adequate for the crossing. And she has clearly proved her worth by being able to deputise on all of the other routes and no doubt being more economical to run than some others in the fleet. I do take issue with these comments about the Bretagne being too old and 'past it'. As myself and others have pointed out, there are plenty of ferries from the same era sailing in northern Europe today which have been brought right up to date internally and which I dare say most of their passengers would have no idea as to the fact they were built in the 1980s. These ferries are still doing a good job. I think the issue with Bretagne is that her owners have not invested enough to bring her fully up to date, rather than the fact she was built in 1989. Look what DFDS have done with Val De Loire since she left BF, you'd hardly recognise her as the same ship today...
  11. Perhaps stating the obvious here but is this why Cap Finistere (according to some) copes better with the Spanish routes than Pont-Aven? Despite being a second-hand purchase rather than a purpose-built flagship? It's a source of some regret to me that I've never managed to sail to Spain on Bretagne, I doubt I will get the chance now but should a crossing appear in the timetable I'd jump at it.
  12. Personally, I rarely bother with Breakfast on any overnight crossing any more, apart from to Spain where you actually have time to eat and enjoy it. I've tried it on all the North Sea routes, and have found it far from the best way to start the day. I took one look at the buffet on the Stena Hollandica and instantly decided I'd rather eat when I got off...
  13. They do have arguably the nicest cabins on any ferry to the UK though...
  14. I thought about doing something similar on our recent trip, with P&O, going one way via Calais and coming back from Zeebrugge. However what put me off was the fact that the Zeebrugge route appears to be every other day at the moment and also the P&O website doesn't seem to allow you to go out on one route and return via another, you have to make two separate bookings. I think next time I do a Zeebrugge minicruise (preferably on Pride of Bruges) I will simply take the tram along to Blankenberge rather than the coach in to Bruges, I really enjoyed looking out over an especially grey North Sea from the 'Belgium Pier' Brasserie on Saturday
  15. Haha, I would say go for it. The tickets were actually a Christmas present for my girlfriend, I'm ashamed to say I probably only recognised about 3 songs, but they put on an amazing show both musically & visually.
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