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  1. 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.
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    CF vs PA

    I think I like the middle paragraph best
  3. Ryan_H

    CF vs PA

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 😂 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
  6. I'll be sampling the delights of Etretat for the first time on 4th October, returning from St Malo on the Bretagne on 13th October - can't wait
  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. One thing i noticed about Britannia which surprised me, is that she's apparently registered in Southampton. I wonder why not Bermuda like the rest of the fleet? Or maybe they haven't gotten round to it yet...
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. BBC News - 'Mass brawl' breaks out on P&O cruise ship Britannia https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49137520 I suppose something like this was always going to happen one day. I must say as someone who loves travelling on ships, looking at the footage on YouTube and elsewhere, this looks like my worst nightmare.
  13. 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.
  14. 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...!
  15. Has anyone had sight of the long-awaited new book on Bretagne from Ferry Publications? I'm just thinking of ordering a copy...
  16. Yes just imagine what might have happebed with Esbjerg-Harwich had that route enjoyed a similar incentive...sorry to go off-topic
  17. I've had exactly the same experience in the past with DFDS, not that it's any consolation.
  18. As someone who has drank tap water on ferries for years, I'm certainly relieved to be reading this! 😂
  19. 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.
  20. Last year I booked in early October and was advised that there were only inside cabins left - so I guess the advice is to get in quick!
  21. In case anyone is interested, it appears DFDS will also take passengers on the new (to them) Zeebrugge-Gothenburg link, details here: https://www.dfds.com/en/freight-shipping/routes-and-schedules/gothenburg-zeebrugge This means you could potentially sail Hull-Zebbrugge-Gothenburg or v/v
  22. It's a shame they are not going to Rouen instead for New Year - however Antwerp is certainly appealing!
  23. 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!
  24. The Maltese cross looks far better. Hopefully common sense will prevail in the end and it will be reinstated. It will certainly make the passenger ships look less elegant. As for the name Troy Seaways, have they fully researched the connotations behind that name? Especially given where she’s being deployed?!
  25. I'm not sure duty free would do much even if it were brought back, which I think is unlikely whatever sort of Brexit we end up with (or don't). The tax free shop was always very popular with Norwegians on the route to Newcastle, as was the outlet at the port itself, but it clearly wasn't enough to keep the route open. My main hope is that the current love for budget airlines starts to change, perhaps as a result of new environmental taxes. Perhaps this could, in time, help resurrect some of the lost North Sea routes.
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