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  1. According to BBC News BF have said that they will not change the revised schedule even if Brexit is delayed, apparently the Government did not make any provision for a possible delay in their contract with BF so will have to pay from the 29th. If there is a delay then will be some very pleasant lightly loaded sailings to enjoy between Poole and Cherbourg........and the good thing is that BF should not be out of pocket 🙂 Andy
  2. Poole Cherbourg timetable now updated for April - presumably the expected delay in Brexit will not change anything. For those who like days out at sea there are some nice possibilities - out from Poole at 08:30 arrive Cherbourg 14:00.....off and then get straight back on to leave at 15:30 arriving back at a nice time of 19:00, or out from Poole at 13:45 arriving into Cherbourg at 19:15.....quick drink in the bar and then back onboard for a 22:15 departure and a nice overnighter ( assuming cabin availability ) arriving in Poole at 07:00. Andy
  3. I just arrived back from a mini-cruise on the King this morning, there were a couple of outside areas taped off, presumably due to wet paint......and the forward areas of Deck 10 were taped off overnight due to the winds. Be sure to go and see the troubadour in Navigators, he is superb....the band in the main show bar were also excellent. Enjoy the trip. Andy
  4. I wonder if they are going after the mini-cruise trade to offset some of the predicted reduction in regular holidaymaker traffic next year? This is the type of thing that will help attact mini-cruisers. I remember the entertainment on Pride Of Bilbao ( P&O Players I think they were called? ) It was West End Musical type entertainment, not normally my cup of tea but was superbly staged and included a cast who really could sing. Andy
  5. It is repeat from 2 or 3 years ago but very interesting and well worth watching - I recorded it when it was on originally and still enjoy an occasional repeat viewing. Andy
  6. Yes, I second what Jonno says - I did the Kiel/Oslo mini-cruise some years ago, the ships are amazing - when I sailed they had an ice rink which came up from that hole in the floor with a couple of ice skaters, there were 2 shows and you had to pre-book to get a seat but once the 2 shows had been completed it became a free-seating show bar with an excellent live band. There is a bar above the bridge with panoramic views, a good choice of eateries......but it is not cheap on-board, one of those trips where you save up beforehand and don't think about the prices when you get there 🙂 I still have my Color Fantasy mug which sits on my desk, looking at it right now................. Andy
  7. Just in case this is useful for anybody I have booked a night at the Seaview Hotel on the front at Fishguard rather than drive 4 hours home late at night, £45 with a full English breakfast seems good value ( mainly good reviews on TripAdvisor ) and they allow guests free parking if using the ferry ie. if you let them know in advance you can leave you car there while you are away. It does look to be quite a long walk though and a bit bleak if raining but might be useful information for others......I think I will park at the terminal and drive to the hotel to enjoy the bar facilities at the hotel, apparently they keep the bar open for people who arrive on the evening ferry 🙂 Andy
  8. I wonder if this is why Stena Europe's sailings have been cancelled today ( Storm Ali ) whereas Isle Of Inishmore is still sailing, albeit with major delays? Andy
  9. Thanks for the replies, just completed the booking - I will be sailing Fisguard/Rosslare - Rosslare/Cherbourg and return as a "ferry adventure".....I know that the Stena Horizon will be a bit of a "come down" after the Oscar Wilde but the timings work well for ship spotting and I will be sailing on a couple of ferries that I have never sailed on before, I did sail on the Stena Europe many years ago when she was on the Harwich/Hook route but I'm sure that she is now a totally different ship having undergone various changes. I will use the long stay car park, sounds quite easy to find. Andy
  10. Hi All, Does anybody know about the parking facilities at Fishguard Ferry Port please? From looking at the Stena web site there does indeed seem to be a car park but does anybody have any experience regarding how secure it is and how far it is from the terminal? For the trip that I am planning I would be leaving the car there for 2 nights. thanks, Andy
  11. Thanks - just returned from another of my ferry "jaunts", this was a first ......Barfleur Poole to Cherbourg on Monday, connecting to Oscar Wilde Cherbourg to Rosslare Monday afternoon, returning directly back to Cherbourg from Rosslare on Tuesday and spending the day in Cherbourg yesterday waiting for a return on a fully booked Barfleur back to Poole. On Monday we drove to the gangway in one of the old yellow buses, but last night we were met by a blue "bendy bus".
  12. Just bookmark this link - www.magicseaweed.com - I'm sure that there are others but I like the presentation on this site. Choose Uk&Ireland charts, it shows the projected swell heights and you can look up to 7 days ahead without having to pay a subscription. Remember though, that forecasts will change as often as weather forecasts, so 7 days should be take as a guide but 2 days ahead do seem to be pretty accurate.
  13. Presumably you still need to go by shuttle bus to the new gangway?
  14. That would match with Irish Ferries plans to close Rosslare to Cherbourg during the winter months this year, seems that there has been a downturn in Ireland/France traffic out of season.....apparently Stena are continuing through the winter though from Rosslare.
  15. Interesting discussion - I was on Mont St Michel yesterday, have sailed on her a few times since the scrubbers were installed but this was the first time that I had noticed the "rainfall" effect, probably because of reading this thread previously. Yesterday morning was dry when we left Portmsouth but out in the Solent there was suddenly, what felt like, thick drizzle falling on the port side of the stern outer deck causing a few people to scurry off inside thinking that it had started to rain.....nothing fell on the starboard side most likely due to the wind, and it only lasted 20 - 30 seconds I would guess. I spent a lot of time out on deck and this happened at least a half a dozen times during the crossing that I noticed. Andy
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