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  1. @Cabin-boy, If you liked "All the Stations", this makes for some interesting watching. Behind the scenes on the Trans-Siberian Express from Vladivostok to Moscow. Portrays a microcosm of Russian culture too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTE04hyCRBw Get well soon @jonno and @nick hall!
  2. GNV's "Splendid" converts into hospital ship. These really are unprecedented times... https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/genes-le-ferry-splendid-de-gnv-transforme-en-navire-hopital
  3. But is that not the whole charm of BF? Up until now, they have eschewed boring cookie-cutter-off-shelf builds but instead commissioned custom ships which are a little different. This sort of thinking was the genesis of MV Bretagne after all...
  4. Extremely interesting and elucidating hypothesis @jonno. Certainly helps explains BF's recent investments despite Brexit uncertainty.
  5. Saw the video. Standard cabins "designed as metaphor for beach hut"...Blimey, I don't want my cabin to look to a beach hut. I thought this was meant to be a cruise ferry.
  6. Interesting comments from Stena's head honcho.
  7. Its probably their yield management software at play here. Airlines use this software to allocate X number of first-class seats, Y number of business class seats and Z number of economy class seats to maximise profit on any given route using a particular type of aircraft. Ferry operators are probably using the same revenue maximisation techniques. Its not that BF have anything against footies but they might not just bring in enough revenue or use up cabin space which could be allocated to higher-paying vehicle passengers. As for Etretat having availability in summer, the algorithm in the software might have been tweaked to allow for more vehicle passengers this season.
  8. you could be like this guy, who gets all his work done on planes... https://www.shankman.com/wrote-28482-words-one-flight-yesterday/
  9. Yes, it will be attached with a tube of Pritt Stick...
  10. Ideally, the ship needs a new fit-out of it's main public areas in the next 2-3 years. Executed right, the WB Yeats could easily be brought up to Viking Grace quality standards!
  11. Structurally, the WB Yeats is a fine ship and she sails very smoothly. However, as you have probably read there are a lot of niggles with this ship. 1) The whole feel of the ship is open plan almost everywhere. There are no nooks and crannies just to chill out, read a book, listen to your iPod or whatever. There is a relatively quiet observation lounge on one of the upper decks, but it feels like it was put in there as an afterthought. 2) In June, July and August the ship feels like a floating creche - screaming kids everywhere. So May is a wise choice. 3) Unfortunately, the ship inside feels like a cross between a late 1990's call centre and a really cheap version of an Ikea showroom. The Oscar Wilde ship felt a lot more classy. 4) The fixtures and fittings feel very cheap. One chair in the main bar which I sat on, the back of it just sank beneath the seat. The plastic coverings used to cover screws in the bunks also just seem to fall off! The bathroom door in my cabin had already two screws missing on its hinge which meant the door was not flush with its frame. 5) The public address / speaker system is atrocious. It sounds like something out of Das Boot - producing an awful tinny static-infused sound. 6) The entertainment setup in the main bar (traditional Irish music band) felt very improvised. The band, while good, were just sitting on some chairs surrounded by a retractable belt barrier - the kind that you would find at a bank. No elevated stage - they just seemed crammed in the corner of the bar. 7) The deck layout plans posted in the public areas are a joke. Unbelievably, on first boarding the ship, I was trying to locate my cabin only to be told by a crew member to ignore the cabin map because it's wrong! He kindly gave me directions instead. 8 ) The standard cabins do feel more airy and have more comfortable beds than BF which is nice. 9) The food in the self service restaurant was fairly industrial. I opted for the chicken curry which was very average. The next morning in the same restaurant, the Irish breakfast stewing under hot lamps the next morning looked totally unappetising. I opted for a coffee instead. 10) There is a decent amount of outdoor deck space to roam around. The view of the Wicklow Mountains on your left as the ship travels up the Irish Sea is spectacular - and was one of the highlights of the trip. Arriving into Dublin Port is also very interesting, as you get a birds eye view of the now decommissioned Pigeon House Power Station. The sailing I was on in early July was relatively busy. I think the WB Yeats might be a much more enjoyable ship in an out-of-season crossing. The online booking facility offered by Irish Ferries is highly intuitive and much quicker to use than BF. Moreover, I had to make a last minute change to my booking and the Live Chat agent - implemented it in less then 3 minutes. Highly impressive. Overall, it was not a bad crossing but Irish Ferries really let this ship down by doing it on the cheap. It felt like the fit-out of the ship was managed by cost-cutting accountants who were trained by Ryanair. I hope BF do not make the same mistake on their new builds! As for Dublin. Nice city, friendly locals. The city centre is around the same size as Amsterdam (centre). Currently experiencing a tourist boom, hence hotel prices can be high if booking is left late.
  12. Great and very salient example. The home fitness company Nordic Track nearly went bankrupt for the same reason - their products were too good.
  13. Is the government involved in everything in France Colin?
  14. I don't know. But I was listening to a podcast recently where, upon the introduction of plastic kettles....a lot of people said they would never use one. And today its probably difficult to find a metal one...
  15. Came across this. Large Ro-pax ferries could, in the future, be made of fibreglass. A very interesting concept. I would be interested to hear opinions on this. http://www.fibreship.eu/
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