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  1. Ryan_H

    Published 2017 Pax Numbers So Far.

    The North Sea figures are worrying, particularly Hull-Zeebrugge. Given that P&O invested heavily in these ships just last year, the survival of this route as a passenger service, in the longer term, must be in doubt. Although I guess the Pride of Bruges being out of service for a while last year won't have helped.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Well I think we can guess how this will go down with the Scottish government. Sad that a link which seemed to hold much promise in the early 2000s is being closed, but not surprising.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I'm yet to sail on one of these vessels, so I can't comment on what they are like for the passenger. But it does seem like the ideal 'starter' vessel for a new venture like this. If one of these vessels were to be deployed on a UK-Scandinavia route I suspect some of us would positively jump for joy...!
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    BF versus the competition

    When sailing on Etretat, how likely is it you'll be parked on the open deck?
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    Northlink anyone used them?

    Very much on my 'to do' list, I believe Colin posted a very good voyage report on here a couple of years ago, I'm sure you'll find it if you search the forums. I must say though the pricing still seems pretty steep to me, especially if you want a cabin.
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    BF versus the competition

    I hear similar arguments from people all the time and have done for years. Yes, flying is quicker, but for the vast majority it is far from an enjoyable experience. Travelling by sea is, generally speaking, a lot more civilised and enjoyable and I know a number of people who have been simply amazed at what modern ferries are actually like, once I have managed to get them onboard one. But of course there will always be people who fundamentally do not like being at sea and there is little you can do to persuade them otherwise. I still think there is large degree of ignorance amongst the general public though in terms of the range of alternatives to flying which exist and the ferry operators need to do more to address this, but I think the likes of Ryanair et al have had things their way for too long and things will, slowly, start to change.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Well this is a step in the right direction isn't it. I wonder if they'll take some passengers on the Immingham routes again at some point...
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    Harwich to Hook

    From what I remember it's a good shop on this route - nice selection of Belgian/Dutch beers, much better than P&O or DFDS.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    I think the only ship I ever sailed on which didn't have a bulbous bow was the Marco Polo, which was built in 1965. I don't actually know what the pros/cons are of the different designs, can someone with more technical knowledge enlighten me?
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    The passenger walkway was definitely in use in 2013 when we came back from Santander on her, though we were the only ones using it! I can't remember which deck we entered on though, sorry.
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    P&O Considering Shetland - Scandinavia Route?

    But did P&O tender for it last time? I got the impression they were still keen on getting these routes back, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I have wanted to try Aberdeen-Lerwick for some time but the prices do seem very steep, especially when you consider what else you could do/where else you could go for similar money.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    These new ships certainly won't be winning any awards for their looks if the artists impression is anything to go by. Still, these must be DFDS first new passenger vessels (purpose built for them) since the 1970's?
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    I expect this new service will also be of concern to Stena Line, especially as they have been marketing their 'Dutch flyer' rail/sail packages from Liverpool street for some years now. Still, we are certainly well catered for in terms of options for visiting the Netherlands, and that can't be a bad thing
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Same link as posted above by Andy, the comments are below the article.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    DFDS are certainly taking a bit of a hammering in the comments, I've never seen anything quite like it before - even Gert Jakobsen himself has been moved to respond. I bet they regret allowing the public to comment on their press releases!