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  1. yeah there is definitely an attitude and behaviour change happening in relation to they way people holiday despite the CAA figures.
  2. I'm not too sure of that! Attitudes are changing faster than ever. Look how quickly the public's distaste of plastic has grown compared to its widespread acceptance a mere 10 years ago.
  3. Yeah in the media and popular culture, 9 times out of 10, references to ferry travel are negative. With the zeitgeist of "flight shame" now upon us, ferry operators really need to exploit this sentiment beyond just Guardian readers!
  4. It still amazes me how Cuxhaven and Esberg had to be withdrawn - yet BF can sustain UK-Spain routes even in the winter. Was is freight-only providers who were providing this over-capacity?
  5. What is the story there? Aren't Aki and Wonder the "young ones" of the Moby fleet? I'm guessing these two must be the two work horses for Moby if they are getting refurbished so early?
  6. I think it has stuck unfortunately. And I do remember those adverts for DFDS in the 1990s which used to boast of their "sleek white cruise ferries".
  7. During the time of 2010 Icelandic ash cloud, a weird thing happened. People who had never contemplated traveling by ferry were forced to travel by ferry. And here is the interesting bit. Journalists and TV crews were at PIP interviewing passengers getting off the PA and most disembarking passengers were surprised at how pleasant the experience was. I can only imagine that there loads more of traveling public have a similar misconception of ferry travel. This problem has been created by other ferry companies of dirty ships, rowdy passengers and sh*t food. There is also the image prob
  8. Not many out on deck for a peak summer sailing!
  9. Very interesting answers there. BF passengers who complain about the loading process should be given this option...It could be called Brittany Ferries Express Boarding...
  10. Over this summer, there have been a few online reports of the PAs issues affecting ARMs departure and arrival times. This got me thinking about the limitations of ports with just one deep-water berth. How comes even on really small Greek islands you have 30000+ton ro-ro ferries that just seem to back into quayside, lower the ramp and the cars/trucks just drive off? (Sorry, if I'm making this sound too simplistic!)
  11. The holidaying Dutch in France are fascinating to watch. Typically they arrive in a Mazda or some PSA-made car. Setup Tent. Put chairs outside tent. Then it's chocolate sprinkles in the morning. Sit outside tent for whole day. Heineken or Amstel in the evening. Rinse, wash, repeat for two weeks. The said tent is taken down and it's back on autoroute back home to Utrecht. Hup Holland...
  12. Something has definitely changed in BF...Where are the days of BF taking ugly-looking ships like the Nils Holgerson and turning them in sleek ships like the Val gone to?
  13. Could not agree with you more. They did not want to be seen as directly competing with BF and attracting the attention of the competition authorities for this deal to pass. These short-term investors always have an "exit strategy". It's all unraveling now just like at the end of a Scooby Doo episode.
  14. I fear that also. If not a giant turtle or dolphin, I fear it could be a Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny. No ship, especially a ship like the Bretagne, should have to endure that indignity I really hope she does to Jadrolinija in Croatia. They do look after their ships there.
  15. Well that tells us that particular issue must of flew off the shelves. Usually when their is an extra-ordinary amount of interest in a topic, magazine editors will have no hesitation in running with that headline topic again. It just shows you the amount love out there for the M/V Bretagne.
  16. I don't know...maybe DFDS have it written in their culinary operations manual that all their rolls must be to Danish specification i.e. they must be designer rolls with clean-lines and light-muted colours.
  17. Always liked Calder's articles. He always finds some unusual angles on stories. And yeah it is a pity that so many short sea freight routes don't accept ordinary passengers. Altough companies like CMA CSM and Grimaldi do take freighter cruise passengers on some of their transoceanic routes.
  18. Great report Ryan. You should email that to The Guardian they might publish it "An alternative way to Sweden..." Or "Slow Boat to Sweden" Dig that menu btw....refreshingly non-corporate!
  19. Infrequent trains run between the two towns so a bus would probably be a better option!
  20. Wexford is a nice little town. But it's more famous for its beaches than its main town. About 5km just outside the town, there is teh Irish National Heritage park which is a real gem. https://www.irishheritage.ie/?lang=en_ie
  21. Indeed. BF know the importance of having proximity to their catchment area. Look what the move from Plymouth to Portsmouth did for them (no offense Plymouth fans...). The population of Ireland (and affluence) of Ireland is skewed towards the eastern seaboard. Moreover, in recent years BF seem to be heavily promoting their Irish services to French customers and Cherbourg is much closer to the Paris agglomeration than Roscoff. Taking into account all these factors, and as you mention, the future port investment plans of Rosslare, things could drastically change. It could well mean that if BF get
  22. Already happening from Dub to Z.Brugge with two RoRo behemoths MV Celine and MV Delphine. http://www.cldn.com/sailing_schedules_html/sailing_zee_dublin.html
  23. I was actually more thinking more of Rosslare to Cherbourg, as BF already have operations at Cherbourg. If Rosslare are desperate for more traffic (cheaper charges) and BF want to lower their Brexit exposure...it could be mutually beneficial.
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