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  1. Unusual looking ship. Looks like a futuristic Queen Mary 2 from the front but an NCP carpark on stilts from the side.
  2. I'm surprised too esp. in the case of BF. With duty-free now making a comeback it makes it even more viable. Stena just announced that their shops on their UK to EU routes just increased revenue by 80% in the first quarter of this year. While BF might not make your towels into a swan or leave a chocolate on your pillow. On ships like the PA, for a 48 hour cruise, the standard is certainly in the "good enough" bracket. And their competition can't claim to have an authentic French restaurant onboard!
  3. Great idea! Their Xmas cruises have always been a sell out. And while I know BF has toyed with idea of the cruises before. Things are very different now. This summer could be the perfect time to experiment. They have the ships. Their hotel side of their operations is of cruise-standard. And their picturesque ports of St Malo and Santander are prefect destinations for mini-cruisers.
  4. This is what I'm suspecting. Running an sailing with just 7 trucks is crazy. Assuming a similar capacity outbound, financially it probably would have been cheaper for BF to tie the ship up and put the trucks and their drivers on an IF, DFDS or Stena sailing.
  5. I'm sure the reasons are multi-faceted. But I will speculate: - Cork is a port in the southern part of Ireland. A lot industry is on the eastern seaboard. - Sailings to St. Malo might not help. How well is this port known by hauliers? Cherbourg has much better name recognition. This might sound trivial but can play in important role. The airline industry knows this too well. Paris-Beauvais and Skavsta-Stockholm airport...anyone. Need I say more... - Cherbourg and Dunkerque are closer to the Benelux countries, Germany and E. Europe. Higher freight volumes emanate and are trans
  6. I think there will still be niche operators. In fact, as the modern cruise industry matures - fragmentation will be inevitable. Just two weeks ago, the cruise division of NYK signed off on a new build for 744 passengers with Meyer Werft. In 20 years time - could their ship (the Asuka II) garner the same following as the Marco Polo - possibly. Life moves on, so do ships. https://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/nyk-cruises-orders-luxury-ship-from-meyer-werft
  7. I'm just waiting for them to do a simulation of the Mont St Michel getting stuck in the Canal de Caen...
  8. Greek company Hellenic Seaways have a livery / branding which is both contemporary and classy. The new BF livery is growing on me but I still think removing the front stripes on the Bretagne added about 20 years to her overnight.
  9. I really don't know what IF are up to here. To date, they have made some very canny business decisions. I'm not so sure about this one. On the most operationally intensive ferry routes in the world, they are putting a 23-year old ship. They are launching a one-ship operation which means means if the old girl breaks down or has door issues, their time-sensitive freight customers will be stuck. IF have no economies of scale at Dover or Calais thus cost-wise (for IF), thus per truck or per car, this service will probably have the highest break-even point of all operators on this r
  10. Yes, I'm sure they would have commissioned a bigger build.
  11. Has the Flying Scotsman ever been to Scotland? In the early 1990's, BF's Spanish service was being filled to capacity during high-season. The Bretagne even though built for the route was now proving too small. Around the the same time, TT-Line experienced a drop in demand for their Germany to Sweden service and put their Nils Holgerson up for sale. This ship went for a facelift and refit in Italy and was transformed in the Val de Loire. Meanwhile, the Bretagne took over the Portsmouth - St Malo service in 1993. However, this would not be the last Santander would see of the Bretagne
  12. Only a matter of time now until the market becomes flooded with fake BF key rings from the 70s
  13. By this evening, it could reach BitCoin levels of inflation...
  14. This does look like something you would find in a museum... EARLY BRITTANY FERRIES TRANSPORTATION CROSS CHANNEL ADVERTISING KEYRING | eBay
  15. Maybe because "mRNA levels being too low" makes a lousy headline. Any journalist of a mainstream media outlet that dared cover a topic in this depth would probably get a rap on their knuckles from their editor. Newspapers now want nice click-bait headlines and they won't let scientific minutiae get in the way.... As a result, headlines like "Vaccine for Christmas" or "No, EU can't have our Jabs" are printed (The Daily Mail). Even scientific editors of the better mainstream titles will avoid covering a topic in too much depth. News has now been truly McDonalised...
  16. Holy moly...after watching this video, I see exactly what you mean. And I'm sure this was probably one of the easier tunnels. The catchy music also probably makes this tunnel less frightening than it actually is...
  17. CB, Norrona sails from the eastern coast of Iceland. Most of the flights to Europe leave from Reykjavik on the west coast. So this would be mean a really long bus journey across Iceland or would involve an internal flight to meet up with Norrona.
  18. Stimulus to the local economy maybe or political symbolism? For a lot of these projects, their compatibility or suitability to existing infrastructure is rarely even on the agenda. Japan is notorious for this. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/asia/06iht-06japan.19977986.html
  19. so what extra steps have to be taken to re-commission conventional ferries after they've been tied up jonno?
  20. I totally admire the honesty of this statement but he really shouldn't be saying stuff this to a mass media publication....Most tourists are like sheep, they like to follow the crowd. A statement like this could accelerate even more postponements or cancellations.
  21. They're probably picking up you-know-who - that Bear. Just the passengers are mainly truck drivers does not mean to say they don't have to be entertained on board.
  22. Blimey, operators seem to be lining up to serve Ireland-France now. This could end up being a nasty price war in a few months time. Before we know it, maybe even Moby Lines might be throwing their hat into the ring with a Daffy Duck themed ship.
  23. Nice ship. Shame about the name. MV Drotten sounds like the name of a sludge carrier, certainly not sounding like a ship you would want to spend the first day of your holidays on...
  24. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/ghostly-atmosphere-on-one-of-last-ferries-to-britain-before-brexit-takes-hold-1.4448048
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