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  1. So that’s effectively BF now up to the full strength of their post-covid plans for the summer.
  2. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Agreed - that’s why I think it’s more likely that they’ll still want to get the 3 rotations from CF. Difficult to think what might be complicated about the St Malo timetable to necessitate delay in publishing though. Unless it really is all sorted and it is about staggering the demands on the website and phone lines, as several have suggested.
  3. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    On the other hand - if they consider that the increase in capacity resulting from the replacement of BDS by Galicia means that they only need 2 Spanish rotations out of CF (unlikely given how sold out Spain usually is) - then I wonder if they might be considering a couple of rotations to St Malo with CF? That would explain the delayed release of the St Malo schedules, especially if they are undecided.
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    2021 Timetables

    A summary of what I am expecting the Spanish schedules to look like: From the UK Monday 1700 CF (from Portsmouth) Tuesday 0900 GA (from Portsmouth) Weds 1615 PA (from Plymouth) 2300 CF (from Portsmouth, 2 nights) Friday 0900 GA (from Portsmouth) Sat 1200 CF (from Portsmouth) Sun 1700 PA (from Plymouth) (Approximate time - could be any time from 1615) From Spain Monday ???? PA (to Plymouth) (Could be any time between 1615 and 2200) Tues 2030 CF (to Portsmouth) Weds 1700 GA (to Portsmouth) Thurs 1545 PA (to Plymouth) Friday 1030 CF (to Portsmouth) Sat 1700 GA (to Portsmouth) Sunday 1530 CF (to Portsmouth) What the Spanish ports will be is somewhat guesswork, but expect PA to sail exclusively to Santander. Maybe GA will also go to Santander and CF to Bilbao? The above timings are based on logical deduction (from what has already been published for Portsmouth-Cherbourg and Plymouth-Roscoff for GA and PA). And CF is postulated from those on the basis of “filling the gaps”. So CF is speculation, whereas PA and GA must be something close to the above. GA timings could be give or take an hour.
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    2021 Timetables

    I think that is so unlikely as to be inconceivable Jonno. If that was her schedule then every single one of her departures would duplicate either a PA or a Galicia departure. She will sail in the intervening days, not on the same ones.
  6. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    To reiterate - Spain and St Malo timetables haven’t been released yet, and as George says, are due to be released next week. Ditto Le Havre sailings (if there are any).
  7. So is St Malo fully functional despite the issue with the stevedore company?
  8. Bretagne now back on the berth at Le Havre. Presumably taking on stores.
  9. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Best place to look at them is on the freight website. That’s where you can see them properly.
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    2021 Timetables

    Based on Galicia being in Spain on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Pont Aven being in Spain on Mondays and Thursdays, I agree that there is likely to be a tweak to CF’s sailing pattern. I predict the Roscoff crew change call will move to Thursday, when there is no morning arrival in Roscoff from Plymouth. This would involve CF operating ex-Portsmouth on Mon, Weds (2-nighter via Roscoff) and Sat and being in Spain on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. That would provide for a departure from Spain to England every day of the week. But I might be wrong.
  11. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Galicia’s Spanish schedule is clearly going to be something like: dep Portsmouth 0900 on Tuesdays and Fridays arr Santander 1400 on Wednesdays and Saturdays dep Santander 1700 on Wednesdays and Saturdays arr Portsmouth 2000 on Thursdays and Sundays This is what will fit around the published Cherbourg timetable exactly, and they are going to clearly allow 28 hours for her passages to and from Spain. (As widely expected).
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    2021 Timetables

    There will still be plenty of time in PA’s schedule for catching up delays. From 1315 Weds to 1315 Fri is 48 hours, which is exactly the time PA needs for a round trip to Santander - expect the timings to be dep Plymouth 1615 on Weds, arriving Santander 1245 Thursday, dep Santander 1545 Thurs arriving Plymouth 1015 Friday. However, from 1400 Sun to 2000 Tues is 54 hours. 6 more than needed. So plenty of space to catch up, and then there is the slow steam overnight to Roscoff, now on Tuesdays. The Sunday departure to Santander is clearly going to be later than previously - 1615 at the earliest (if they stick with the current Sunday turnaround time) but probably nearer 1700. And then departure from Santander on Mondays could be anywhere between 1615 and 2200 in order to get back to Plymouth by 1700 on Tuesdays.
  13. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Just a quick note to record that a number of off-topic posts have been removed. This thread is about the 2021 timetables, which have been part-released, what they show and by extension what can be logically inferred from what has been published about those bits that haven’t yet. It is not about speculative discussion of what BF might / might not / should / should not do about certain ports / routes at some other point in the future not connected with these published timetables. (And especially not where those speculations have already been aired ad nauseam in the forum). 😉
  14. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    I’m puzzled by this phrase “winter timetable routes”. If this is what they are talking about releasing then that will presumably cover sailings only up to about the end of March. On the other hand, David’s intel mentioned a date of “1 November 2021” which the timetables will go up to. They can’t both be right.
  15. Of course not! What Tony means is that she is not suffering from a technical fault at the current time, and if he says that then it is probably true. The wider issue of whether there is anything “wrong” with her is partly a matter of subjective opinion. For example, some may think she is too big for the route. Or too slow. Or too high. Or too blue.
  16. That’s quite a sweeping statement! 😉
  17. I was thinking a Vissentini 🤣
  18. The same phenomenon is true for That Funnel! 😀. (It doesn’t really even ruin Deck 9 from onboard).
  19. Ok thanks Chris. I know Goodwill has frequently used berth 2 in those circumstances, and if any ship since the 80s could fit berth 1 then it would probably have been her. But didn’t know whether she had actually used it. Not at all - no ref to NEX was made, and no value judgement implied 😉. It’s merely a fact that, since probably the demise of Sealink and CIF at Portsmouth, regular operational use of berth 1 has been pretty much confined to HSCs and not to ships. Unless BF used it on occasion for some of their smaller ships like Duchesse Anne or Breizh Izel, then the last ships I remember using berth 1 were the Papenburgers and Earl William. (Or did Condor used to use it before berth 5 was constructed?).
  20. Must be the first time a proper ship has docked at berth 1 for many years.
  21. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Some hard thinking to do, I guess, about the peripheral routes (particularly Le Havre and Cherbourg) in light of the cancellation of Honfleur and possible ongoing covid-related onboard restrictions. As well as the arrival of Galicia. From what was said in that statement, I wouldn’t be surprised if the schedules look more different from the previous year’s schedules than we have become used to in recent times.
  22. Wouldn’t that be something more like “I didn’t know we sailed to Cork”? 😳
  23. That doesn’t narrow it down much!
  24. A certain Mr. C. Gull methinks 😉
  25. Normandie is at sea (presumably undertaking trials) ahead of re-entering service tonight with the 2300 from Caen. I assume she will head in to dock at her home port once MSM has cleared the berth on this afternoon’s 1630 departure.
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