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  1. Nor have I, and I made our Christmas booking yesterday . . . Although, in fairness, a fully flex booking to Cherbourg on December 12th was only £68, so not too hard a pill to swallow - it may even incorporate the higher rate of discount. It is difficult to spot on the new website.
  2. 9 months? - More like years and years ago.
  3. I thought to myself - there seems to be an echo on my computer this morning, Brigitte!
  4. Well, No. It isn't right and it isn't what BF intend. It is purely a glitch in the new system, which they are aware of, and look to rectify asap But they will make any booking beyond the expiry date over the phone and, hopefully, as in my case, waive the booking fee, unasked. The kindly agent also said that the phone traffic had lessened over the last few days and there had been times in the afternoon when there was no queue of incoming calls.
  5. Going back to the problem I wrote about which is now resolved. I spoke with an, as ever, helpful agent who confirmed that the new website is not accepting bookings for a date later than the expiry of the cv membership. But the booking is made and the fee is waived and the commodore suite was still available. I asked if I should renew the cv membership now and she advised against saying that further extensions to the expiry were unlikely, and they had heard nothing to suggest any in the pipeline, but, just in case, it makes sense to leave renewal as late as possible. Wise words, gratefully received.
  6. Still beset with problems - and can't get through to them. I make a booking, and, before paying, I get a message 'please review all mandatory fields'. Every field is completed, mandatory or not. Am I missing something obvious? Any experts out there to help me? The only thing that appears slightly odd is that the boxes with my name are shaded, with the name quite faint - but I can't overwrite them.
  7. Again - the key just below and to the right . . .🤣
  8. Tried again this morning Just the same problem. I could not scroll down the box of choices of crossing. So I spoke with a kind Lady at BF who said I should use a different browser. Perhaps not a problem unique to me. So I tried on the iPhone (still using Safari) and it worked just as you guys said it should. Technology and I are not happy bedfellows. My two most used phrases on the phone are, first, "Hello" and second "Help me, please. I seem to be out of my depth with your web-site".
  9. I agree, David, with the 'two singles' approach. However, I do not see on the current site any method of making a single journey from France to England. Maybe, if you log in not using a cv number it might be possible ( I haven't tried it), but then you would lose your cv benefit. Have you cracked that one?
  10. Glad you had a good time, VOB. Our washing machine died on day 3. Of course, not only was the washing machine centre in Bricquebec just starting his Conge, but so were most other local tradespeople. However, we struck lucky with a local guy, and within 5 days were €600 lighter, but with a sparkling new machine. (the replacement part for the 10 year old would have been €350 plus labour). We were charged €25 and 1 cent for our tests at the chemist. I still haven't worked out what the extra cent was for.
  11. We are satisfied with the Express Medical experience - we've just completed them which is a bit of a tiresome process. Cost of £28pp. Only negative point is that our local 'village' chemist is now offering them cheaper still, so, next time . . .
  12. Yes. I have booked Expert Medicals for our day 2 tests next week. Found the web site very easy to use. Their map seems to indicate that you can use virtually any Royal Mail postbox for the return, and the price is now down to £28 each. Still a nuisance, but not the daunting hassle that I had feared. And the pre departure tests are booked at the Pharmacie a two minute stroll through the Chateau. Again, far simpler than I had feared - if it all goes to plan, of course.
  13. Yes David, Before I saw your post I posted on another thread, that the UK app was working fine in France today.
  14. Not sure about all this 'scanning' and copying onto the French app that some say is required. We re-downloaded ( or up-dated) our covid certificates on the NHS app this morning and were automatically offered a travel version. This travel version worked fine in the PMU in Bricquebec and this afternoon in St Vaast. All so simple.
  15. on three occasions when I have been on the bridge exiting Cherbourg with experienced Captains / First Officers they have explained that pilots have joined us so they ( the pilots ) can either be trained or refresh their knowledge of the various craft that use the harbour. And also, it seems, renew old friendships.
  16. Help! I lost my wife. Anyway, come morning I found her on the lawn. In amongst the ant hills. I had to take off the first 6 ft of growth with a rechargeable strimmer machine, and there she was! Well, the story goes something like that. By the weekend, I hope to have something worthy of the title of lawn. The smell took me back to the 1950s when, as small children, we used to 'help' with the harvest in Somerset. Magical times. Perhaps , in time, I will look back on 2020 and 2021 on the lawn in Bricquebec and think 'magical times' . . . The good news is that everything works - corkscrew included.
  17. Some friends in the Bricquebec area were tested a few days ago at the pharmacy in Brix. We arrrive Tuesday (after La sainte Anne) and I shall get up to date on the arrangements. However, it seems that it was quick, cheap and efficient (and going back to a recent post) not too far from Port Bail. And their return to the UK was without drama.
  18. Just to follow up my mild rant at BF of last Friday. Finally got to speak with a human first thing this morning. An instant admission that they have been having problems with the booking system and CV membership. This coupled with the usual pleasant, friendly and helpful assistance which enabled me to complete my booking - and all is well again with the world, I think. But will the ferry run? We shall see. I didn't catch your name at Reservations, but thank you.
  19. I have a ticket with special instructions (9C or something), so need to phone following the cancellation of Barfleur. I twice got through this morning. The first time I had 4 minutes 20 seconds of music, and then the 'call failed'. The second time that i got through, I had 2 minutes 55 seconds of music - and then, again, the call failed. I don't use social media. I then made a new booking. This was easily done and showed my cv discount. I then entered a voucher code before paying, and the price reverted to the full price, with a message saying that they do not recognise my cv number and name. This after 25 years of uninterrupted cv membership. I despair. I have sent a couple of emails and have received an acknowledgement that they hope to respond within 3 weeks. All of sudden the drive from Dieppe to Bricquebec is looking considerably less unattractive. Sadly, I also realise that in goodness knows how many years of BFE membership, this is the first time I have posted a comment that is in any way less than complementary about BF.
  20. . . . a good burgundy what (or who)?
  21. Pick the bones out of that one, then😁
  22. There have been a couple of (very) short lived attempts at Portsmouth - Braye (Alderney), I believe.
  23. Yes - there is some availability (or was at Christmas time), but don't get too excited. Reminds me of when I organised a dinner for 40 at the Chateau in Bricquebec. I asked if there could be three vegetarian meals. With a horrified look the patron at the time said "well, yes - but I don't think that they will enjoy it". (but they did . . .)
  24. Yes - but Antwerp is not a big cruise destination. 15 calls booked in 2021 (but how many will actually happen??), and 10 booked to date for 2022.
  25. 935 is one (generous) double bed - not a 'two-berth' in the traditional sense.
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