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  1. What matters more than duration, 24hours or 28 hours, are timings, especially if coming to the departure port from a distance or with a caravan in tow. And does the arrival time give a reasonable time to get to my destination or to a convenient stop along the way?
  2. Has anyone else had a look at the FSG shipbuilding hall webcam? No shipbuilding building going on and everything tidied away. Have all the workers been laid off? Usually the next build follows on immediately from the last. Not this time.
  3. Malc

    BF Refit Season 2019-20

    http://www.puertosantander.es/cas/camara_detalle.aspx?camara=2 is working for me. There is also https://palaciofestivales.com/webcam/ with Barfleur in the distance in the middle webcam. Malc
  4. The Caravan and Motorhome Club used to release bookings for its sites for the next summer (April on) on a specified day early in December. Result - chaos with crashed website, a saturated booking centre and very angry members! Now it releases bookings early each month for the month 12 months in advance in a rolling programme. Result - much happier members. Not the same scale and a somewhat different evolving environment, I know, but big fish can learn from minnows.
  5. I am not surprised that there are "Nationalistic shenanigans" on Britannia. Her name encourages it. But what nationality? I look forward to hearing about the "shenanigans" at Sail-Aways on P&O's new Iona - Prayer and Meditation?
  6. There's talk in Vigo of a new route starting between Vigo and the UK. Has anyone heard anything about this? Could be a route for e-flexer 'Galicia' or perhaps just a bit of wishful thinking! Malc
  7. PA's revised timings and ports for the summer are now on the BF timetables. Revised journeys and stop-overs for those of us far from the ports can now be planned.
  8. I think that is signed to the Ferry, but for light vehicles only.
  9. Interesting that the revised PA timetables are only revised up to mid-July. Thereafter it still shows PA's Santander Monday departure going to Portsmouth. Could be that BF need to assess how PA's revised timetable is working before revising further. Watch this space!
  10. Neil, you obviously love Plymouth as much as I do!
  11. I hope to be on that sailing too. Provisional timings given to me by BF are departing Santander at 19.15, arriving Plymouth at 15.45. Just in time for the Plymouth rush hour traffic!
  12. Sure, there's not a great difference of mileage from Scotland to Plymouth or Portsmouth. However when your getting on in years and retired it is not a question of getting behind the wheel and driving for at least 8 or 10 hours straight to your destination. You're on holiday, meant to be enjoying life, not knackering yourself! So knowing when the boat leaves and arrives is important in planning the journey as well as the route and where to get a good night's sleep. After several very bad experiences with the top end of the M5 and the M6 till past Manchester, I now favour an east coast route using M42 and A42 and A1/A1M.
  13. Well, that's one bit of the equation solved! Can anyone remember the '3-engine' timings between Plymouth and Santander?
  14. Will it be Portsmouth? The timetable still says so with the original timings, rather than the immediate post engine problem ones. Those of us who are not within striking distance of either port and with much longer distances to travel to get home (Edinburgh) or get to the port need to arrange hotel rooms and it would be good to know which route we will be taking and boat times! Just checked my booking from Santander on 15th July and it still says Portsmouth.
  15. Armorique loitering towards Roscoff according to MarineTraffic. Waiting for Cap Finistere to vacate Roscoff berth.
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