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Ryan_H

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  1. Ryan_H

    P&O Cruises Oriana

    Hmmm, that's a shame...
  2. It looks like I might be visiting Naples next month, and although I won't have time to sail anywhere, I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good vantage points for watching/photographing the various ferries & cruise ships? Thanks in advance
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    Lovely names, well done to BF. Though 'Cantabria' and 'Pays Basque' would have been equally nice
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    Replacement of Bretagne

    All very interesting, thanks. As I said elsewhere presumably they'll have to either sell or charter out Cap Finistere if she isn't sailing UK-Spain anymore, since she isn't really suitable for any other route?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I can just picture the Trip Advisor comments now....
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    Replacement of Bretagne

    So, realistically, it sounds like they'll either have to keep Cap Finistere sailing to Spain or sell her once the new ships arrive? With the fuel prices going up I can't imagine she'd be an easy vessel to sell...
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    I'm no doubt in a minority but I will be sad to see Cap Finistere go, if indeed she does, almost as much as Bretagne. It does seem a shame as of course she had 'scrubbers' fitted not too long ago. But at the same time it will be exciting to see two brand new ships delivered purely for the Spanish routes, I just hope that their interiors are different to the Harwich-Hook of Holland ships, i.e. less akin to a service-station.
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    Replacement of Bretagne

    If they were to name a new ship the Alexis Gourvennec, I think that would be fantastic.
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    Northlink anyone used them?

    I wonder if P&O will put in a bid?
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    I understand what you're saying but as we all know many of the kind of people who moan on trip advisor will always find something to complain about, regardless of the ship, so I think such comments often need more than a pinch of salt If BF did want rid of Bretagne years ago I'm sure they would have found a means of doing so. As has been said, she is far from elderly and has certainly never seemed in any way tired when I've sailed on her.
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    Cap Finistere is presumably quite an expensive ship to run, so as much as I like this vessel, I can see the logic in replacing her with one of these new vessels (though who would buy her is an interesting question). However if this were to happen, presumably St Malo would stay as it is, with Bretagne?
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    Bretagne - Ships Monthly

    So did I, and the article is literally full of inaccuracies, such as the Armorique being built at St Nazaire, and Pont-Aven sailing to Bilbao...
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    Northlink anyone used them?

    True, I hadn't thought of that. They could perhaps allow passengers to disembark a bit later though, say at 09.00 rather than 08.00. I know Stena Line allows freight and passengers to disembark at different times.
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    Northlink anyone used them?

    I shall have to get myself up there soon. Interesting that Northlink allow passengers a leisurely disembarkation in the mornings, seems in sharp contrast to some other operators, such as P&O at Hull, whose ships also sit in port all day; they can't wait to throw you out as soon as the ship arrives.
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    King Seaways issues.

    I guess this highlights the fact these ships are over 30 years old now, and things will inevitably go wrong however well maintained they are (as with Pride of Bruges last year).
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    King Seaways issues.

    I see from the DFDS website they are saying she will arrive 18.00hrs tonight...an interesting/frustrating voyage for the passengers no doubt. Hopefully someone can find out what the issue is. I don't think she's had an overhaul this year?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Yes absolutely, I'm aware of the reasons for doing it and that it's a chartered vessel anyway. All I meant was that others (I.e. certain unions) might view it rather differently, however misguided that might be.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    I suppose there will be the fear among some that this will be the 'thin end of the wedge', despite whatever assurances the company may have given. I appreciate that many people just want the cheapest crossing and don't care, but personally I don't like seeing ships flying flags of convenience or employing the cheapest possible crew and that's one of the reasons I like to use BF when I'm travelling to France or Spain.
  19. Interesting, thanks.
  20. Irish Ferries Ulysses seems to have had a lot of cancelled sailings over recent months due to 'technical issues' - does anyone with more knowledge know what these are/have been? Last night's 02.40hrs sailing was again cancelled, a haulier I work with uses this crossing every night and it is rather frustrating when this happens. This has happened a number of times over the past few months. I have suggested they use Stena Line instead as I note the Stena Adventurer's similarly-timed crossing tends to run on time.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Very interesting, would two of these ships, configured differently, be suitable for the Newcastle-Holland route? I'm guessing probably not due to their high freight capacity...
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    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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