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  1. Plus loyal custom in the south west and Wales. There's been a lot of pessimism around the route for as long as anyone can remember, but it's still going, including a recentish new build- something you can't say for Poole or St Malo.
  2. There is a video on youtube from the bridge of the Calais. Making a complete mess of it, if I remember correctly!
  3. Clever timetabling from BF has always made just as much of an impact as the raw speed. The early afternoon Plymouth - Santander departure reduced a 19 hour crossing into a leisurely afternoon/evening, with most of the duration whilst you sleep. Whilst the new E-Flexer timetables require a whole day at sea, the late evening sailing means you are only a day out of pocket, no different to an inconveniently timed 24hr crossing. The 9am departure looks a little less appetising and the return schedules are tricky for anybody not in the immediate Portsmouth area. I've always had a soft sp
  4. Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone has a very enjoyable day, despite the circumstances.
  5. There must be a source of ~230V for all the on board plug sockets, whether their inverters would handle the additional load is another question!
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    2021 Timetables

    I wonder how logistically challenging a Poole - Cherbourg - CI - Cherbourg - Poole route would be.
  7. Santander is currently hosting 2 Galicias... https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:167467/mmsi:255805895/imo:9268409/vessel:GALICIA
  8. What was the budget for the new "trade deal" Britannia?
  9. With the giant floats bolted on the side, you might not be wrong there either
  10. When is the next available slot at St Nazaire? Certainly the cruise industry won't be putting down too many new orders.
  11. be careful what you wish for! The last time she had a large refit there were a lot of tears
  12. The FT does a good series of charts comparing total death rates to historical averages, to get around the issue of different counting methods or testing regimes. Obviously it's still not perfect but you can see just how dramatic the increases are for many countries. https://twitter.com/jburnmurdoch/status/1258031311366901761/
  13. Didn't Tallink set up/expand their online store to continue retailing their "duty free" stocks? Not a bad way to keep at least a little extra income coming in. Given the volumes of perfume BF claim to get through, it's a shame they don't have the facility to do something similar.
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