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  1. 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...
  2. Extremely interesting and elucidating hypothesis @jonno. Certainly helps explains BF's recent investments despite Brexit uncertainty.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. you could be like this guy, who gets all his work done on planes... https://www.shankman.com/wrote-28482-words-one-flight-yesterday/
  6. Yes, it will be attached with a tube of Pritt Stick...
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. If traveling on the Mont St Michel, may I suggest a hot air vent you can stand beside just under the port side funnel on Deck 9 (?). Not ideal but a close substitute to a hair dryer
  10. I can't understand why ferry companies do this. Their reliable profit comes from freight, surely these drivers should get their own cabins. And I'm sure that these drivers have ways of gaming the system in some way or another in deciding what ferry company to use.
  11. yeah there is definitely an attitude and behaviour change happening in relation to they way people holiday despite the CAA figures.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
  16. 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".
  17. 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 problem of ferries being slow. (Most people forgetting that it's actually one night of accommodation and not really different from somebody staying at an airport hotel to catch a flight the next day). The problem is not helped by celebrities. While you'll have paparazzi at Stansted snapping Tony and Cherie getting off a Ryanair or David Cameron flying off on EasyJet but when was the last time you saw a newspaper article of a politician or celebrity getting off a ferry? Never. With environmentally friendly travel and "flight shame" now en vogue, I think the ferry industry is in a good position but still has a major image problem. What do you think?
  18. Not many out on deck for a peak summer sailing!
  19. 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...
  20. 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!)
  21. 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...
  22. 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?
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