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  1. How comes anytime an American company takes over a European one they start tinkering with the product usually in a bad way. This inevitably results in poorer product quantity or the quality being reduced. Or, like this case, it can result in "brand extensions" which are usually dire bastardisations of the original product. Orange Toblerone being a classic example. Here is what Mondelez International did to Toblerone back in 2016. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37904703 If Uncle Sam got his hands of BF, I can only imagine what they would do to it!
  2. And here is a video of the old girl back in 1990 just after being launched on the Rosslare to Fishguard route. Notice how the threat of airline travel is being discussed even back then. This was when legacy airlines still ruled the roost in Europe. https://www.rte.ie/archives/2015/0402/691752-launch-of-felicity/
  3. That is interesting and certainly gives some perspective on the BF / CMA-CGM deal. Maybe the latter are looking for feeder services to their main ports. BF's frequent sailings to Spain and France could help CMA-CGM make their supply chain speedier and more integrated. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
  4. I really hope this works out too! But it can be a very tricky to get two corporate cultures to mesh. In addition, corporate history is littered with business mergers or partnerships which never produced the synergies as originally envisaged. Does BF need to be more freight oriented? - most definitly yes. But, it's key strength has always been offering a premium short-sea transportation service to continental Europe for motorised passenger traffic. Let's hope this key strength never gets lost at the expense of freight. Because then, from a strategic point of view, BF could end up in a sort of no-mans land. A poor freight base and a reputation for offering a mediocre service among the public could be catastrophic. Growing or maintaining market share among two very different market segments simultaneously can be difficult. Let's hope BF can pull through this and make it to the other side.
  5. And not forgetting of course the Nordic Noir series "Trapped" which features the venerable M/V Nörrona. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2016/mar/07/trapped-icelandic-thriller-tv-hit-of-the-year
  6. If BF is going into partnership with a container shipping company for freight and passengers, this could bring a whole new meaning to an Économie crossing...
  7. I think this was filmed onboard the Quiberon. Not 100% sure though. Go to 29:55.
  8. Yes, rumor has it that Pierre Le Bear (real name Jose Sanchez, but now called Steve) was involved in a host of nefarious activities (mainly narcotics) in his native Columbia. After nationwide manhunt, he ended in up Peru which had conveniently no extradition treaty with Columbia. On a false passport traveled to Madrid and then on to Santander. Transpired that the that qualities that made him a good dealer also where the same qualities needed as a ship's entertainer! And they the rest as they say is history. Employing him was a canny strategic move which helped turn the fortunes of BF around….
  9. Every business must adapt to survive and Brittany Ferries is no exception. The latest pivot of BF has been a plan for partial stardardisation of the fleet. But in your estimation, what have been the other main strategic pivot points for BF since 2000?
  10. Regrettably, this could be very true. Even when this pandemic does subside BF will probably still have over capacity. This could be the beginning of the end for the once beautiful Bretagne.
  11. Maybe the restaurant owners across Europe are enjoying the break from people who "Tripadvise". I see where the OP is coming from but Tripadvisor should not be used as barometer for tourist activity. Even during during non-covid times, I've seen some busy hotels and restaurants only get 2-3 reviews a month.
  12. You've summed it up very well. Standardisation is going to make the operations of BF - everything from crewing, maintenance, IT systems to catering much more efficient but unfortunately with less character. The fleet will probably be like a couple of floating IBIS hotels but at least it should put BF in a much more stable position financially. Better some BF than no BF!
  13. Ed, you must of got one of those special edition Van Gough themed face masks. You know how the French love to mix art and commerce....
  14. You have a point. The type of traveler does determine the speediness of emergency evacuation. Statistically, in an emergency situation, it has been recognised that evacuation of an aircraft will be quicker when there are business travelers onboard. This can probably be attributed to less luggage, more familiarity with aircraft layout and overall less pfaffing about. So, yes, the type of fellow passenger does impact the swiftness of evacuation. In the coming years, I would less concerned about pet owners and more concerned about electric cars. It's inevitable that in the next few years, even with fail-safe mechanisms implemented by car manufacturers, we will probably see some electric car fires. Onboard a ferry it could be catastrophic.
  15. Globalisation gone mad. Irish Ferries on the Dover-Calais route. SNCF trains now running between Madrid and Barcelona. What next? Brittany Ferries going to Portugal. Oh wait...
  16. And, equally there is the Thomas Jefferson quote: "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers"
  17. Nice handover video of the Pride of Bruges (P&O) to GNV. Informative video. Understandably, some of the P&0 crew do seem a bit sad. (Do be warned, sound quality is not great!) The turnover. Pride of bruges P&O ferries(North sea) --- GNV(italy) Raw Video - YouTube
  18. I'm sure the local authorities will be helping them sort out this. They are going to benefit form this route. It's in their own interest. BF might even be getting use of these facilities at substantially reduced cost. If you look at how Moby operates - a ferry "terminal" can be sometimes be nothing more than a dock, parking lanes and a some crew with handheld computers checking people in. Very lean - very low cost. And after all, loads of services are being launched as "pop-up" these days, ferry terminals don't have to be the exception!
  19. Unusual looking ship. Looks like a futuristic Queen Mary 2 from the front but an NCP carpark on stilts from the side.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 transported to those countries than France / Spain. - Hauliers might not be using BF because of lower frequency of sailings compared to Stena or Dunkerque. - Marketing - Pretty consumer-oriented ads of the Mont St Michel (the island not the ship...) at sunset or imagery of baguettes, wine and 2CVs will probably not wash with freight customers. Neither will the allure of a la carte dining or luxury ships...The latter type of customer wants frequent sailings to close-to-market ports. For a new route, these customers are probably acquired by business development teams (read sales teams). A quick sleuth of LinkedIn shows operators like DFDS have a small army of business development managers. For BF, only one person shows up with this title. BF, has always been a consumer-oriented rather than freight-oriented company. This is partly what has made them unique. However, in times of crisis, it's also their Achilles heal.
  24. 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
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