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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Infrequent trains run between the two towns so a bus would probably be a better option!
  8. 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
  9. 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 an attractive offer from Rosslare, it could easily be au revoir Cork.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. In today's Sunday Independent (Ireland,28/04/19) it reports how Rosslare Port is "actively looking to replace the vacuum left by Irish Ferries" . Their interview with Glen Carr, Port Manager quotes him as saying: "We need to find an operator to take up the vacancy left by Irish Ferries but we need to find that now. I am actively looking at the moment for that. There is nothing from Rosslare to Cherbourg on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday" It will be interesting to see if an operator moves in to fill this vacuum.
  13. Some great videos here, from an American perspective, of the Pont Aven experience to Spain. Quite complementary but the guy was disappointed to haul himself up to Deck 10 only to discover there was no bar there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRJpESKki18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxN-rEmn9_k
  14. Are BF's Spanish routes normally this busy in January / Feb?
  15. I noticed this too. This guy posted up a recent Bilbao to Portsmouth crossing on BDS. Go to 9:50 - that car deck is chock-o-block. Looks like a crossing in early August not late January. Is there some sort of last-trip-to-Europe-before-Brexit trend going on?
  16. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    Just looking at those pics posted by Tony. That "blue stripe" design is very similar to the one which as used by Pride of Bilbao in her early days. http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=25744
  17. That is really nice cash injection for BF - well deserved me thinks. It's a shame they never got the whole £108m!
  18. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    I've seen that trend. If Waterstones buys up an independent bookshop. More likely than not, they will keep the existing branding. Likewise, I think this trend has been going on in the UK pub trade for a long time. A pub bought out by a chain won't lose its original name in order to preserve its character. True. When speaking to tourists about France, they will often say how they loved the whole experience of visiting boulangerie or epercerie shops. Rarely, you will find people saying "gosh, I really missed Tesco Express and Greggs". (Incidentally, Carrefour Express seems to becoming the de facto grocery store in a lot of small towns in France). This increasing corporatisation of France certainly removes some of the country's charm as a tourist destination.
  19. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    It's quite ironic. For years a lot of the big hotel chains relied on this "big corporate" and highly integrated branding as key competitive advantage for them. Now with the millenials coming on stream as customers - this "big corporate" look just looks bland, boring and well...too corporate. As a result a lot of these hotel chains have set up separate brands (Aloft and Moxy come to mind) with more "character" while downplaying the corporate look and feel. BF seem to be going to be going in the opposite direction. And this is a shame because the story behind BF is amazing. (For branding purposes, others companies would cut their arm off to have a story of how a humble farmer had a vision for company and against all odds succeeded.). And, for me, one of the unique things about the company is you never really get that bland corporate vibe that you get on lines like Stena. This is the wrong wrong direction of BF!
  20. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    I totally agree with this. And I'm sure BF could argue that there needs to be "integrated look" across the fleet. And yes, this is true to a certain extent. But the stripes on Bretagne's front super-structure made her a classy-looking ship and very contemporary even in 2018. Removing those front strips just makes her look her age. Actually removing them makes her look about 20 years older.
  21. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    The reason I said they are going for the minimalist look is primarily because their ships will no longer have those blue and orange strips down the side. I agree with you that the old BF logo in standalone mode does look cleaner and more minimalist. However, once you apply the new design to their ships, it's a more minimalist look compared to the previous design.
  22. zuludelta

    New Look Revealed

    I know where you're coming from Quib...for me those blue and orange stripes were quintessential BF but things move on, alas. This minimalist look is currently en vogue for most corporate rebranding efforts and I guess BF are no different in having to change with the times. But, whatever happens, most of us know underneath BF is still a little bit special.
  23. Super U logo anyone? http://charleneguitter.ultra-book.com/super_u-p102139
  24. What a shame☹️. 5 minute walk from centre of the city to the terminal made Santander port truely unique. Ships docking so near the centre really added to the character of the city.
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