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  1. "Those staying aboard the MS Silja Europa can look forward to visiting its several restaurants, a spa, beauty salon, discos and nightclubs" Yes, I'm sure the extra police that have been hired will be looking forward to using those facilities... 🙄 I see the Daily Fail has also upgraded it to a luxury cruise ship!
  2. Definitely not possible now. Check in need to see the form to ensure they're not at risk of being fined for transporting someone that should not be entering the country "illegally".
  3. Interesting, when I questioned the caller on their harassment tactics last month they told me it was "legislation from February" to call every day...
  4. What sort of questioning did you get from check in and Douanes when leaving France?
  5. Having been on her 3 times, I have to say I'm a bit "meh" about the whole thing really. The lack of a show lounge detracts from the cruise ferry feel of the BF product. They also don't have traditional wake up music 🤬. I have concerns over how she's going to look long term due to the quality of materials used, but that remains to be seen and will depend on how much is spent on her. I did notice that the safety bars on all berths except the fixed lower berth had been removed (at least in the cabin I was in last in January), which is a good move as they were quite difficult to clamber ov
  6. Actually, nothing to hide, I'll post here what I sent to BZH29: I went through this process last week. You need to book the tests through CTM. You get the reference number by email that you have to add to the Passenger Locator Form, BF check in staff will check your form at check in now rather than leaving it to the last minute before arriving, if that's what you used to do (I did!) I booked the CTM tests after I'd had the negative result back on my pre departure test, they arrived on Sunday after booking on Friday. They are DIY tests, you get both sent to you at the sa
  7. A couple of points to add: If you come directly from a red zone country, there are only certain entry points you can use for the UK, none of the ports is one of those entry points. You can stay in another country for 10 days ebtween Portugal and the UK, providing it's not a red zone country and come back into one of the channel ports. Spain and France are non-red zone countries. I'm unsure about the border crossings between Portugal/Spain and Spain/France, you need to check the websites of each country for information. Hotels are open in France, bear in mind there is currently a c
  8. The side railings are usually laid flat when the ramps are being raised and lowered if I remember.
  9. Galicia definitely has internal ramps, it was used on the Portsmouth-Cherbourg 20/12 sailing to get from deck 5 to deck 4 for disembarkation.
  10. Speculation: It's probably easier to reflag from Cyprus to France now that the UK is not in the EU any more.
  11. All the 2 berth Commodore Suite cabins are at the rear of deck 9 providing access directly to the rear deck. IIRC 858 and 801 are disabled cabins. IMO the direct deck access is a meh feature, you don't get anything special outside your door, there are also no signs on the doors outside, so people in those cabins may find other passengers trying the doors to get back inside from the deck. The interior of the cabins does look nice though.
  12. I slept really well actually, didn't wake up at all during the night which is rare for me on a ferry. The ship itself is also very quiet. Agreed, she does look modern compared to others in the fleet. The jury's out here though as to how she'll hold up and what she'll look like in a few years time once a few thousand people have passed through.
  13. No, this is a standard 4-berth inside. I've got the outside 2 berth commodore on Sunday to compare! Happy sailings, I'm on the outbound from Portsmouth on the Sunday. You'll definitely need to smuggle something, or get a meal on board to be able to have a drink.
  14. Public areas are comfortable. More "Stena" signage: There are however a few things that let it down. The "wooden" railings are in fact plastic. Some of them are also not flush fitting giving a non-straight finish There's also the odd touch of rust coming through, but it's a ship at sea, so to be expected. In addition I noticed that the speakers toward the inside rear of deck 9 had problems so announcements couldn't be heard. I noticed that although there's a large bar area, there's no show lounge or area that I could see for live entertainmen
  15. Having just travelled on Galica I thought it would be useful to share some pictures and experiences. I was booked on the 2145 Cherbourg-Portsmouth service on 14/12. Despite the advice for checkin to be 90 minutes before, I arrived approximately 75 minutes before and it looked like they had only just started checking people in. There were around 20-25 cars on the crossing. Car were loaded onto deck 5 starboard. Lorries were towards the front. Headed up to deck 7 to find my cabin for the night. I'm back over on Galicia later in the month in a 2 berth Commodore,
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