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  1. Gareth

    Sister ships, definition..

    Agreed. (That's what I said!)
  2. Gareth

    Sister ships, definition..

    They were, as built. Then Britannica was re-built....
  3. Gareth

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Is that news? I thought that was already the plan (?)
  4. The steps taken by, not just the UK Border agency but also their French etc counterparts, to stop child smuggling are very important. Every time we have been through, and my little ones have been checked, I have felt profound gratitude for their vigilance. Gives me confidence that someone could not steal / kidnap my children and take them out of the country. Very surprised anyone would resent the steps taken by the border authorities to combat that.
  5. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Great photos - the first two members of the fleet to wear the new uniform, together. Really striking comparison of the sizes of the two ships. Regarding berthing - there are certain BF ports where particular modes of berthing are preferred. Generally, always stern-in at Cork, St Malo, Le Havre and Poole. Bow-in at Caen. The rest (Portsmouth, Plymouth, Roscoff, Cherbourg, Santander and Bilbao) work equally well either way round. So, you can see why St Malo and Cork force Pont Aven into different modes at Portsmouth depending on the season.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Looks like you were about 10 seconds earlier Tony! 🤣
  7. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Yes. Capable of standing in for any ship (and has done) on any route (and has done, apart from Cork). BF had a good day when they conceived her.
  8. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    For all al the stick she gets, Armorique is a very handy member of the fleet for BF.
  9. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    That was inevitable. She will need a pilot, and pilots always take them in through the wider, easier entrance. Occasional BF visitors to Cherbourg always use the Western entrance.
  10. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    That’s an interesting one. Do they divert Armorique to Caen?
  11. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Update: MSM is now headed back to Ouistreham.
  12. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    I’m sure Normandie will be in and out before MSM arrives.
  13. Gareth

    French road blockades

    The problem with western politics at the moment (and one that could not have been exemplified more strikingly by the current and former UK Prime Ministers) is: that every leader comes to the stage pledging an understanding of the public’s disaffection with politics, and then proceeds to pursue courses of conduct and action that demonstrate no such understanding of whatsoever.
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    French road blockades

    Seems to me that the fundamental values of democracy are being challenged in France right now, and the French natural tendency to tolerate lawlessness as a means of making a point is being tested at the extremes. How France deals with this could have deep and long-lasting implications. Here’s hoping that wise heads prevail.
  15. Gareth

    BF Refits 2018-19

    Well, it was. But, for some strange reason, an out-of-season sailing that was put into the schedules at about 2 weeks’ notice (and that involved a one-off sailing at an unusual time on an unusual vessel for the route, on a day when all the normal sailing on that route were also operating) somehow failed to sell out. Tis a mystery! 😳
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