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  1. Is it not more probable that an operator might charter a ship from Stena RoRo?

    I follow Stena Line on LinkedIn and have asked them a couple of times why they don't re-instate a route between the UK & Scandinavia (knowing what the answer will be). I wouldn't bother but when they post things about the virtues of ferry travel, and sponsor events promoting Sweden, I conclude that they are Inviting such a question :) 

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  2. 11 hours ago, Macc2010 said:

    Thinking about doing the Christmas trip but wanted to know can you come and go from the ship anytime while alongside and what kind of things do they put on during the day time on both Christmas and boxing day?

    You certainly could on the New Year trip. We were pleasantly surprised to find that, unlike DFDS, it is treated very much like a proper cruise and so passengers are free to leave and return to the ship at their leisure, until a certain time obviously. From what I remember there was a full entertainment programme and all of the facilities including the swimming pool appeared to be open all day.  

  3. 15 hours ago, jonno said:

    You're dead right @Solo the kitchen location is the factor which realistically rules all of it out. When I daydream about stuff which could be moved around CF I tend to forget about the staircase behind reception too... would be nice though especially if she were ten years younger?

    I know she's quite limited internally but I like her and with the BF rumoured hybrid engines I think she's still going to have an important role to play post 2022.

    Oh great seer of vision that I am, I foresee her replacing Normandie at Le Havre... I have a cunning plan, Normandie, Bretagne and Viking Amorella will head to Moby Lines and be christened Huey, Dewey & Louie...!

    I think I like the middle paragraph best ;) 

  4. As has been said, the Cap Finistere does have some fans, and I'm definitely one of them. I think the ship comes in to her own on a quieter out of season crossing. Whereas the Pont-Aven can feel rather empty and soulless, I find the general ambience on Cap Finistere warmer, less formal and more enjoyable. The standard cabins I've had on Cap Finistere have all been larger and quieter than the equivalent on Pont-Aven. I find the Restaurant du Port very pleasant indeed, and have never missed having the buffet section. I've also used the Petit Marche and the open-air café on deck 10. The 'Belle vue' outside deck bar is also a lovely feature, one which none of the other ships have. Personally though my favourite place to be on the ship is sat in the Planets bar, near one of the big windows, watching the sea all afternoon.

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  5. On 10/08/2019 at 10:58, cvabishop said:

    Sables d'or les Pins is a nice spot although probably a bit quiet in October but it is in the middle of a fantastic scenic coast in both directions and it doesn't take long to get to St Malo, Dinan or Dinard as well.

    Yes, the coastal setting & walks are what appealed to us, as well as the close proximity to the places you mention. Planning to finish off with a night in St Malo before heading back on Bretagne. 

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  6. 9 hours ago, jonno said:

    You should travel back on Barfy, she'll feel like Pont Aven after the 'Tat.

    😂 Well we we went for the Le Havre sailing over Mont St Michel to Caen so we could have a bit more sleep. Plus I've never sailed on a Vissentini before, or to Le Havre. The plan is to take in the Normandie beaches en route to the Gite we've booked for the week in Sables d'or les Pins, near St Malo (through BF).

    As for coming  back on Bretagne,  I blame that new book ;)

  7. I seem to recall there was once a short-lived venture called East Coast Ferries, who ran a freight service between Hull & Dunkerque. There is still Hull-Zeebrugge each night; okay not ideal for the more westerly parts of France but still a useful option. I know plenty of French do use the route.

  8. 9 hours ago, hhvferry said:

    Overt expressions of nationalism don't really appeal to me at the best of times but maybe, just maybe, this would be OK in British waters. But I cannot comprehend why anyone would want to do it whilst sailing close to the quiet shores of beautiful Norway.


    And to think there was a time not so long ago where you could experience the Norwegian fjords by way of a regular, civilised ferry crossing; instead, today we have this. Progress eh :( 

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  9. On 28/07/2019 at 09:23, Andy said:

    It’s only available in paperback sadly. 

    My copy arrived over the weekend. Some lovely photography and artwork throughout. Certainly a must for any Bretagne fans Christmas stocking.

    Yes it is a lovely book, mine arrived on Saturday and I've pretty much read all of it now. Like most Ferry publications titles it is very well illustrated. I'd say it was worth the wait and I'm proud to have it on my bookcase; however I now feel totally compelled to have a trip on her before the end of the year  ;)

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  10. An interesting read. I note that they view Newcastle-Amsterdam as a 'ro-pax +' route, as opposed to Copenhagen-Oslo which is seen as a 'cruise' route. This would seem to suggest some kind of enhanced ro-pax vessels for the future, rather than cruise-ferries, though I also note that they are considering 'different renewal models' which presumably means if the right vessels become available somewhere, they might acquire them?

  11. 9 hours ago, hhvferry said:

    I don't really see why Mediterranean service would count as "losing" her compared to any of those alternatives, in which she is rather more likely to be less lovingly looked after either by crew or passengers.

    I've never sailed with Moby Lines but, from what I have seen, they appear to look after their 'veteran' ferries pretty well; if they did not surely they wouldn't still be in service for them?

    I'm also of the view that Moby should be applauded for breathing new life in to ferries which would have otherwise gone for scrap.

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  12. 2 hours ago, jonno said:

    Email today to say they've dispatched it, apparently I ordered it 5th May last year.

    I've had the same email, having ordered mine yesterday 😂. I very nearly ordered a few times but decided against it at the last minute, fearing it might not actually get to print...!

  13. 34 minutes ago, nodwad said:

    Good news after 1-15minutes.managed to get booked on cf with pet friendly cabin.again why did bf ask people looking for winter crossing to join e mail list .so they could be. Told when they came out but released the bookings without telling anyone, the same thing happened last i.e. Telling people the date when they could book but released them a day or two early.is this the way bf call first class public relations?

    I've had exactly the same experience in the past with DFDS, not that it's any consolation.

  14. 3 hours ago, jonno said:

    Nothing wrong with tap water on a ferry. All modern ships constantly produce their own through desalination and then it goes through about three different types of purification, it's never in the pipes and tanks long enough. There's more chance of you catching something from poorly cooked or poorly reheated food or even chilled stuff left too long out of the cold chain not to mention poorly flushed pipes with beer running through them.

    As someone who has drank tap water on ferries for years, I'm certainly relieved to be reading this! 😂

  15. I'm sure this has been mentioned before but weren't Trasmed. originally meant to have been considering a route from Vigo-Avonmouth back in 2005/2006? Before they eventually ran the Fortuny from Bilbao-Portsmouth for a few months...

    I remember calling at Vigo on board the Ventura back in 2010, seemed a nice place to visit with plenty of notable industry dotted around too, such as the shipyard.

  16. Nearly five years since Harwich-Esbjerg closed and eleven since Newcastle-Norway shut. Things seem pretty well silent of late, there aren't even any rumours or fantasy start-ups to report, so far as I know. If any route is revived though, no one will be happier about it than me! 

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