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  1. cvabishop

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    I'm not so sure. St Clare has plenty of life left in her yet and with the reduced timetable and increased individual ship capacity it looks like she and VoW will do all the heavy lifting with some backup from a Wight class. The problems from a customer viewpoint are that the convenient half hour service has been lost which will inconvenience a lot of people and Wightlink are left vulnerable if one of the two big ships is hospitalised due to a breakdown as capacity will then be severely compromised while it is out of service. No doubt VoW will be pleasant to travel on which is a plus point but the underlying policy seems to be cost cutting in reducing the number of operational vessels and thus the need to pay their crews and other costs. Shareholder interests therefore trump customer interests by a significant margin. In these circumstances why would Wightlink add another high capacity ship to the route? Wightlink's priority will be to fill the vessels thay have as far as possible. There is no incentive to add extra capacity for customer convenience if three vessels would be frequently running below full capacity and it is hardly likely that the IoW Council would subsidise such a policy. So overall, we are seeing some modernisation but the underlying service standard is probably falling.
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    Flexible Pricing

    Drinks packages are not always a bargain we have found. And you need to drink a lot to recover the cost. Hic! Do you really want to drink that much? Yes you can avoid all the extras but enough people don't to make them nice litte earners for the cruise companies. Basic cruise packages are being dumbed down and no longer include stuff that used to be taken for granted.
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    Flexible Pricing

    No way! The cruise lines have all sorts of methods to part you from your money onboard over and above the basic all inclusive price! That is where they make much of their profit! Much of it in the bars! Shore excursions are just irritating incidentals for them.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    But nothing will happen for a while. She will need to get powered up with all systems tested after the tow and any problems sorted. I imagine that there will then need to be some crew familiarisation exercises including getting to know how she handles before practical berthng trials at Portsmouth and Fishbourne. Only then will she be ready to enter service.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    You will get all the photos you want soon enough!
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    I thought this question had already been answered. It is cheaper to tow the vessel than to crew her from Turkey and incur the expense of providing livaboard facilities and stores for the duration of the trip. Probably previous experience suggested this would be the better option. No doubt it was all costed beforehand.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    We are not amused.
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    Day Trips with car to IOW

    Yes, I can appreciate that. But really we are talking about private car day visits to the Island. When we were over for a few days in April we visited the Oasis furniture shop near Brading and bought a very nice teak circular cabinet for £110 which was promptly bundled into the car. When my daughter saw it recently she wanted one for herself but the shipping cost is £55. We were thinking of going over on a day trip during which we could have bought her one but the ferry cost put us off so lost revenue for the ferry and lost revenue for the Island business. Bad all round.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Can't wait to try the waiter restaurant... 😊
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Being towed through the harbour mouth is not exactly a triumphant entrance. I should think they may wait until she is ready to enter service before making a fuss.
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    Day Trips with car to IOW

    Visiting the IoW inevitably incurs a premium compared with visiting other UK holiday destinations which do not usually entail ferry travel so it means the the IoW has to try that bit harder to attract visitors. It is clear from this thread that in respect of day trips to the Islan a tipping point has been reached. Wightlink appear to be gearing down towards meeting the demands of essential travellers and if they can fill their reduced capacity and less frequent sailings on that basis then there is little incentive for them to improve services and make special offers to encourage tourism on the margins even though that would benefit the Island economy.
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    Day Trips with car to IOW

    I received the following response from Visit Isle of Wight. Maybe I should send my note to the IoW County Press as the Council itself doesn't seem to have a tourism contact and I don't imagine Wightlink will take much notice. They seem bent on reducing services rather than improving them. One would have thought that Visit IoW would have a Council contact to which my comments could be forwarded. **************************** Thank you for your email. I write to advise that Visit Isle of Wight Ltd is an independent marketing organisation and as such, we do not have the authority to formally investigate your complaints. However, we always advise that complaints are reported to the establishments for them to investigate and respond. Your feedback will be important information for the ferry companies and the IoW Council and we would encourage you to contact these organisations and pass on your comments. On behalf of Visit Isle of Wight may I take this opportunity of once again thanking you for taking the time to contact us.
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    Day Trips with car to IOW

    I have just sent the email below to the IoW Tourist Office. It will be interesting to see if there is a response. **************** This is just a comment which you might like to pass on to the appropriate place as I know it is shared by others of my acquaintance. I have been a visitor to the Island since the 1950s and love the place. I was taken there as a child and in turn enjoyed many happy holidays with my own family. In later years my Wife and I have visited on a regular basis either on short breaks or on day trips with the car. I have also frequently visited with friends to walk the wonderful Island scenery. Over the last couple of years the ferry price of day returns with a car has soared to the extent that we no longer feel able to visit as we did previously. Wightlink are introducing a new ferry on the Portsmouth/Fishbourne route which will have the effect of reducing the number of sailings which will make travelling more inconvenient compared with the current half hourly service. This may reduce their costs but is not in the best interests of customers. The previous day return offers for car and passengers and for foot passengers on Wightlink have been withdrawn which discourages day excursions from the mainland. These are people who would spend money on the Island during their visits. Earlier this year my Wife and I had a short hotel break on the Island which we enjoyed but we were dismayed to note the generally run down condition of Shanklin and Ryde High Streets with many empty commercial properties. Whilst driving around the Island it was also very annoying to have to pay significant parking fees every time we stopped the car even in remote locations and really off putting. We were left with the impression that despite its difficult economic situation the Island does not really encourage visitors who would make a significant contribution to supporting local businesses. I think that a more positive attitude from the ferry companies and the IoW Council could really pay dividends in boosting the local economy. The Island has a lot to offer in many respects but giving the impression of squeezing every last penny out of visitors and offering poor perceived value for money is not the best way to encourage tourism. I do hope you will find these comments constructive as they are intended to be.
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    Day Trips with car to IOW

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    Day Trips with car to IOW

    I can appreciate that day trips at weekends at this time of year can incur high prices but there always seems to be plenty of space during the week outside peak periods and I do agree that a lot of people are probably put off by the cost as indeed we have. It's nearly £20 for a Portsmouth Ryde foot passenger full price day return and nearly £15 for a senior citizen. No offers on this route from mid morning as there used to be. Expensive day return fares can't be doing the Island economy any good. Anyone visiting for the day will spend money in cafes, pubs and eateries plus possibly buying souvenirs etc.
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