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  1. Thanks Jonno. A real investment in the Irish Sea services from Stena there. And a particular vote of confidence in the Mersey - Belfast route. Compare that with the woes of that route in the 80s at a time when so many now-closed English Channel routes were flourishing. How times change!
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    Pre-order Breakfast

    No I don’t Ed - as you say, it was a legitimate follow-up question within a thread that is about breakfast on board. 😉
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    Pre-order Breakfast

    Ed is right. By the time Bretagne loads for her mid-morning sailing from St Malo, breakfast service has stopped. Certainly in Les Abers, where the buffet would have been earlier in the morning. You may be able to still get breakfast-related stuff in the self-service (not sure, never been in there at that time), but for the Les Abers buffet, no, as Ed says, it is too late.
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    No need - as Colin said, plenty of rocks and they have the added ability to conceal themselves by not floating! 😉
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    Replacement of Bretagne

    Urgent is a strange word to use. I wonder what he knows that we don’t. Use of that word kind of implies Bretagne is about to conk out at any moment!
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    Absolutely Jonno. In the interim period, barring another charter, BF do not have any other option but to use Etretat to replace BDS I agree. And even then there will be a gap between BDS going and Honfleur arriving. Something will have to close down or run at reduced frequency in the interim.
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    I think scarlton was reporting that as news Neil. (I suspect the “as you know” only referred to the first one replacing BDS). 😉
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    What are people’s perceptions of how well Connemara is keeping to schedule on this route? Maybe a bit early to tell - there have been a few late departures but they may be all due to teething, bunkering, inspections etc. And she clearly has the Friday night 2-night departure to get back on schedule. But is she managing the Cork-Santander passage reliably within the 28 hour published crossing time or is that proving to be a little ambitious? Difficult to keep regular tabs on her without her being on the BF fleet tracker so I would be interested in any perceptions anyone may have.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Connemara seems to be at least 3 hours late leaving Cork today (and has still not left). Far as I know she was on time getting on from Roscoff?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    .....which has, indeed, successfully docked in Roscoff. Good news.
  11. We always try to take the kids for a bit of fresh air and a run around at Portchester Castle before heading for the CFP. It’s right on the shorefront at the top of the harbour, with great views across the harbour, and good walking along the shore. Views from the top of the castle are fabulous.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Interestingly, her AIS track all the way outside the Lands End TSS, is the same one that she used last week. Can’t remember Pont Aven ever doing this on passage between Cork and Roscoff. Wonder if BF is keeping its options open for a last-minute decision on the destination. Would be good if Connemara can get her first Roscoff call out of the way without incident, but it must be a nervous few hours in BFHQ. 🤞
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Well, the ship seems to have made a good first impression, and if true that the inaugural voyage was a sell-out then that must have exceeded BF’s wildest expectations. All bodes well.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    It’s just that she has been out of range of Marine Traffic’s AIS detectors. So what you are seeing is the last received position. She’ll come back into range when she gets nearer Santander and then the map will update. The beauty of BF’s own fleet tracker is that they don’t have this problem because they receive position reports from the ship directly. But Connemara is not on the BF tracker yet (hint hint BF!) 😉
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Meanwhile....I wonder if any of our Irish members have any info on how well loaded Connemara was leaving for Santander today?