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  1. Do I read that right, that there are going to be eight of them......?!
  2. Is she still a BF ship (as ever she was) or not?
  3. Certainly at this time of year. Hardly surprising.
  4. The Le Havre route used to support three daily sailings in each direction by the Olau twins. So in theory there’s plenty of custom. Question is, are the current low numbers a product of Etretat’s limitations, with Normandie giving the route the potential to re-expand, or are they the new norm? Only time will tell. I suspect that Normandie’s deployment is a short term test of potential - can’t see her having long enough of a career left in her to warrant major internal reconfiguration, but she’ll give BF an idea of the route’s potential with a proper ferry on it.
  5. Surprised the strikers are bothered about that!
  6. Welcome to the forum Luke. In terms of fitting (and not blocking the whole harbour), no, modern conventional ferries are too big. The berth was designed to take the size of ferry (circa 4000 grt) that was around in the 70s, so I suspect even something like Commodore Clipper would be too big. It’s possible that something of the size of Goodwill may just fit in. Dimensionally at any rate - not sure about draught. On the subject of draught, I suspect dredging would be out of the question given the precarious state of the jetties. And that takes us on to the whole question of the state of Weymouth ferry port full stop. I don’t know whether any work has started yet, but my understanding was that the whole ferry port is due to be rebuilt as something else. It has been closed down as a ferry port and is not safe to use.
  7. Why does this affect your sailing Colin? Edit: I see - the delayed sailing ex-UK is not Thursday morning, it’s Thursday overnight. It’s the St Malo departure that’s moved to a day sailing, leaving St Malo Friday morning instead of Thursday evening.
  8. Is that one of those statements that really needs the “for obvious reasons” caveat?!!🤔😀
  9. That’s a bold statement! (We’ll probably get about 3 days’ notice of when it is! 🤣).
  10. The analogy is slightly flawed. PA’s Thursday night Plymouth-Roscoff sailing is a means to an end, not her raison d’etre.
  11. Don’t know exactly but it’s in the morning - sometime between 9am and 10am. It’s a very useful facility.
  12. The old Ardrossan route might have suited it.....!
  13. And how does the rest of the schedule pan out with this plan? (Reduction of service to one sailing per day in each direction or maintaining 2 per day with a second vessel?)
  14. The move to Heysham coincided with the merger with / takeover of (can’t remember exactly what happened from that point of view) Manx Line. My recollection is that Mona’s Isle (FE3) was brought in to take over the Heysham route from Manx Viking. She was a complete disaster. In fact, a vessel with a fairly sad history in general. (One of the five former TT vessels that became wrecked around the world.)
  15. Manx Line the reason why the main IoM service now runs from Heysham rather than Liverpool. Not necessarily an improvement.
  16. Well - indeed. Just wasn’t sure who you were disagreeing with!
  17. Why sorry? That all seems to pretty uncontentious, and anyone who has experienced the two ships could surely not do anything else but agree with you. To me, what you’ve said is a statement of fact.
  18. Indeed. I don’t think Neil was saying otherwise - just that Bretagne’s role in the video was more accurately described as a cameo than the (main) feature. Which seems entirely reasonable! It’s certainly a busy yard, Rematowa. Probably not unreasonable to describe it, now, as the premier shipyard in northern Europe? Maybe even Europe full stop?
  19. Yes, claustrophobic is a good word for the en suites, I’ll agree with you there Jonno. I find they have become more so with age.......(especially after dinner)!🤣
  20. ??? MSM’s Commodores are, agreed, similar, although they do have the drop down bunk to make them 4-berth, which makes them a whole lot more useful for a family than Normandie and Bretagne’s family-useless 3 berths. As far as PA is concerned.....just ???! 😳
  21. Good work Sherlock, thanks. Now we know.
  22. You’ve been through that experience more than once?!
  23. Great shame IoMSP and Condor/BF haven’t cooperated on this project together.
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