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  1. 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...
  2. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/ghostly-atmosphere-on-one-of-last-ferries-to-britain-before-brexit-takes-hold-1.4448048
  3. I see there in that video, there is a "Castro" lounge onboard. Is that BF giving a hat tip to Comrade Fidel?
  4. Unfortunately, in terms of corona virus propagation, a ship has a more elevated risk level than you public spaces on land. Look what happened some of the cruise lines. At the same time though, it's still a a lot safer than being ensconced in a metal tube at 35,000 feet!
  5. Yes, basically BF are going to culturally appropriate some Spanish culture and give us a version of Spain onboard that they think the British traveling public want. Not a fan of this approach TBH. The Breton theme was much more authentic seeing that the company is from Brittany.
  6. I think that chunk of metal at the back is in fact an advertising hoarding. Companies like DFS sofas and Virgin Media broadband could buy space on it. And if a passing freighter captain in the Bay of Biscay ever sees it he'll be like "Oh, I see DFS have a sale on...the sofa in the crew mess room is looking a bit ropy. I must pick up a new one when we get to Felixstowe..."
  7. Interesting article on further rail developments on Spain to UK route. http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/183171/tesco-launches-rail-reefer-service-from-spain
  8. If there was ever a ferry version of Thomas the Tank Engine, Vinga would definitely be one of the cheekier ferries...
  9. She was quite unique in terms of atmosphere alright. I remember visiting Silverstones at around 10pm one night and had to make a hasty retreat. It was like a crowded working mans club at sea. However, the nice thing about the ship it's choice and size. Going up to the "Posh Bar" - atmosphere totally different. In fact, it was like being on another ship. During the daytime, Silverstones was just like a normal pub albeit some fantastic stern views of Bay of Biscay.
  10. Whatever the PoB lacked in modernity, she certainly made up for in atmosphere. Likewise, with MV Fortuny a very chill atmosphere onboard.
  11. Last summer, I stopped at a town in N. Spain called in Jaca, on the foothills of Pyrenees. It was a Thursday night, the town was heaving with tourists who were filling up the cafes, bars, pensions and hotels. A lot of the tourists were English speaking who from earshot we also mentioning words like "boat" "Santander" and "Bilbao". Of course, these were BF customers... I remember thinking to myself, some of these autonomous regions of Northern Spain should be giving Brittany Ferries a subvention for landing all these tourists on their doorstep. It's probably not going to happen. But the economic of benefits which BF bring to France and Spain far outweigh any revenue earned by ticket prices.
  12. I remember Sealink used to promote their "Orient Express" (their ship not the train) cruise in their brochures.
  13. Between double testing protocols and onboard testing, I don't think I've seen another operator apply such stringent COVID-19 prevention measures. Interesting read: https://www.smyrilline.com/customer-service/covid-19-information
  14. That foreboding sky in the first shot if very apt.
  15. Yes, BF seem to have tapped into this "affluent pensioner" market very well. Seeing that they are taking a car / campervan to a foreign land with funny road signs, tt is possible they are already a little more braver in their travel decisions.
  16. There was a travel survey* done recently where car ferries came out on top as one of the most trusted means of public transport. So, there is some hope that those displaced air travelers will start to use continental ferry services like BF. And of course, there has been record sales of camper vans this summer, another glimmer of hope for the sector. *( do not have source as it was mentioned on tail-end of radio show)
  17. Asian-built ships. Things are going full circle then...
  18. Can anyone identify the ship in the 4th photo down which is to the right of Armorique? http://mpineiro.com/gbr/brittany-ferries/they-call-at-santander
  19. That is a bit like BF and Alexis Gourvennec. He was smart enough to cede some power to the Les Anglais in order to let them operate the marketing, customer service side of the business and make some other decisions like onboard entertainment. If this had not been done, maybe the trajectory of BF would have been very different. Its branding might have be something like "Ferries BAI". There might have been no English breakfast served, instead just a lot of croissants and orange juice. The entertainment onboard might have been tribute bands to Johnny Hallyday and Vanesa Paradis or Breton folk singers (the latter being not too bad...) I am still waiting for that Ferry Publications book on the backstory of all this to be published but just like everything else it seems to have been delayed by that Mexican beer virus.
  20. That sounds pretty draconian, even if it's just their Adriatic ships.
  21. Glad to say it's not BF but a Minoan Lines ship (Crete to Piraeus). Yes, he was sticking a camera in their face, but there was not even a hint of friendliness from any of the crew. Minoan Lines seemed to have got the hardware component right but not the "peopleware..." part.
  22. No self-service restaurant offering - very surprising. BF had the self-service offering and experience totally perfected. Baffles me as to why they are removing it.
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