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  1. Gareth

    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    Yes. In my view it would have been better to have not asked us than to have gone through this charade of a consultation. And I wish I had never bothered contributing.
  2. I didn’t think that the problems Liberation had were to do with technical failings of her equipment, as such. They were more to do with operational issues relating to trying to operate her on the schedule for which they bought her. And those problems have largely been solved by not operating her as originally envisaged but instead halving the frequency of service to the islands. I guess the operating crews have also become more experienced in how to handle her in port confines in windy conditions.
  3. Gareth

    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    Indeed. We have answers to both of those questions from BF’s official spokesperson on the site: 1. As far as putting up as a live site a site that does not function properly, BF’s stated line is that this is to be expected and it has gone a lot better than it could have. 2. As far as asking our opinions and then ignoring them, BF’s stated line is that they didn’t ignore them, they just didn’t agree with them. No comment.
  4. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    Difficult to know that in advance David - sometimes only becomes apparent when the thread evolves! 😉 Nothing wrong with joke threads. As long as they are not taken seriously! And I think, if the flow of the thread is examined, it will be apparent that G4rth’s contribution was not intended to precipiatate a serious discussion about whether Bretagne should be scrapped!.
  5. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    (But I admire cva and seashore’s attempts to turn this farcical thread into a serious (if off-topic) discussion!) 😀
  6. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    I wish there was a “bemused” emoticon!
  7. Gareth

    New deposit price on bookings?

    But Wortley, your wife’s knee operation possibly aside, all of those are factors that will come into play within 2 months of the travel date. None if them will be causes of cancellation more than two months in advance. So by the time any of them become real factors, the full fee will already have been paid. I accept that they are risks associated with making a booking (we all have risks associated with our bookings), but I just can’t see how the size of the initial deposit is relevant to any of them. There is a world of difference between having to cancel at the last minute for unforseen circumstances (which only travel insurance can protect you against), and making a booking with half an intention of cancelling at the time of making the booking. Those are the people who will be deterred by the higher deposit, and quite right too.
  8. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    I’d query the premise behind the idea that MSM breaks down a lot, but that would probably be according the thread a degree of seriousness that it does not merit! 😉
  9. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    Well, that’s lit the touchpaper!
  10. Gareth

    Sponsored Ferries

    Come back new logo, all is forgiven! 🙄
  11. Gareth

    Canine Cabin Companions

    Well, there’s not much I can contribute to a thread about dogs. But, although this is fairly old now, it is so funny that anyone who has not seen it should: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw
  12. Gareth

    New deposit price on bookings?

    Again, I’m not sure I see the logic. People who are reluctant to book because of Brexit uncertainty (or the other factors affecting France that we’ve discussed) won’t book anyway. I don’t think the level of the deposit will have made them any less likely to book than they would have been before. Whatever the deposit level, the people who will book are those that don’t have these concerns in sufficient magnitide to deter them from booking. Anyway - we’ll soon see. If the reduction in deposit to 10% results in a sudden surge of bookings, then I will be proved wrong! 😉
  13. Gareth

    New deposit price on bookings?

    Well, having to cancel because of unforeseen personal circumstances is what travel insurance is for. And as far as people who book with a half-intention of cancelling, they are are surely customers that BF can happily do without, thankyou very much. We’ve discussed that before in the context of cabins all being taken by prospective bookings, only to be cancelled later. That’s very selfish behaviour that impacts on genuine customers unfairly. If any element of the decline in bookings is down to prospective bookings, that are likely to end up getting cancelled anyway, no longer being made because of the deposit, then great. Good riddance to them, and the space remains available to legitimate customers. By that reasoning, the increase in deposit has served a useful purpose.
  14. Gareth

    New deposit price on bookings?

    Agreed, it’s a combination that is not conducive to making a booking. But of the three factors, Ed, I’d put the deposit issue at the bottom of the list. It makes no difference to the price of the holiday, and the full price has to be paid 2 months before travel anyway. So the deposit issue is really a total red herring. The main issues are the uncertainty over Brexit and the fact that civil unrest and the ever-present threat of no-notice travel disruption makes France an unappealing place to visit at present.
  15. Gareth

    New deposit price on bookings?

    I think that has been well covered by the discussion in this thread, but in my view, no, for the reasons previously discussed. I’m not aware that the company has stated that. I have seen them give figures about the decline in bookings, and have ssen them mention the uncertainty surrounding Brexit in connection with them. But I’ve not seen any statements from the company in which they have attributed the decline in bookings to the deposit. However, the fact that they have reduced the deposit implies they have probably accepted that it is a factor in the decline in bookings, whether or not they will actually admit it.
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