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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. I think that is signed to the Ferry, but for light vehicles only.
  6. 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!
  7. Neil, you obviously love Plymouth as much as I do!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Well, that's one bit of the equation solved! Can anyone remember the '3-engine' timings between Plymouth and Santander?
  11. 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.
  12. Armorique loitering towards Roscoff according to MarineTraffic. Waiting for Cap Finistere to vacate Roscoff berth.
  13. Malc

    New Look Revealed

    BF Roscoff was all old logo when we passed through there at the end of April.
  14. Not just foot passengers. For those with longer journeys to and from Scotland, changes to hotel bookings and planning will probably be required. Wonder when a revised timetable will be issued? Do the current Plymouth to Santander timings not assume that speed will be 23/24 knots rather than the proposed 20 knot max? Malc
  15. They were round on Pont Aven and Armorique too!!
  16. Coming back through Roscoff on Monday evening, there were 3 lads (looked quite well dressed) hanging around the vehicle waiting area when we arrived. They scarpered when the gendarmes arrived. The gendarmes checked under and in each artic and caravan/motorhome as well as keeping a weather eye open for return of the lads.
  17. Looking at the FSG Hall webcam, there is certainly no work going on there. The Hall has not been drained since the last launch a few weeks ago.
  18. Has anyone got more details about what actually went wrong on PA? As someone who was on the crossing, I must say how professional the crew was during the incident. It was good and very comforting to see. They must have been worried too. The first indication that something was wrong was when we were wakened by extreme vibration of the boat. Much, much more than the usual thrusters operating! Then an announcement that smoke had been detected in the engine room and to await further announcements. Then the emergency sounded and we had to dress and go to our Muster Stations. A crew member checked each cabin and fitted a red 'evacuated' card into the keyslot to show that it had been checked empty. At the muster station we were issued with lifejackets. When put on, they were individually checked by a member of crew. After a while, we were advised that the fire had been extinguished and we could remove the lifejackets and return to our cabins. Then the long 11-hour haul at half speed back north to Brest. Rather than the 1000 mile journey to out destination in NW Spain we opted to get the Roscoff to Plymouth ferry back to UK that evening. This was very efficiently organised at Roscoff and we then set off on the long journey back to Edinburgh. An interesting 6-day journey to nowhere. Now we must plan the trip again for a future date. Malc
  19. Malc

    Pont Aven - Problem?

    Pont Aven was running slowly (12 knots) north of Santander yesterday and is now heading at more normal speed for Plymouth, not Portsmouth. Was there a medevac or was it a technical problem? Going to Plymouth is understandable to catch up the normal schedule. Malc
  20. Looking at the shape of the bow on the ship currently being built in the FSG Hall, it is so different from Honfleur's bow. Is this because it is a different class of vessel or perhaps has been designed for totally different sea conditions?
  21. Looking at the FSG webcams over the weekend and in evenings, there would appear to be very little work going on in the Hall on Honfleur's successor there or on Honfleur on the Pier. Has overtime, nightshift and weekend working stopped?
  22. Looks like Pont Aven is returning quite slowly to St Malo. And Commodore Goodwill is just docking in the usual berth according to MarineTraffic.
  23. Don't think so. In the morning with very different lighting, you can see a big difference in the colour of the rest of the hull and those last bow sections. They are so bright that they are saturating the webcam. They will have to paint over the weld lines as well. I seem to remember that for the last launch the whole hull was painted along with the ship name on the bow before the launch.
  24. The structures at the bow are brilliant white. When will they paint the rest of the hull? There's not much time before launch next Thursday.
  25. Pont does a Plymouth to Roscoff leg on a Thursday before its Cork trip. I assume that this is when the crew change is made.
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