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Nick Hyde

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  1. Nick Hyde

    Sister ships, definition..

    Good on you being able to steer Mona's Queen as a child. I loved that ship and sailed on her many a time.
  2. Nick Hyde

    Sister ships, definition..

    The Steam Packet side loader car ferries are good examples of near sisters. The 1972 built Mona's Queen and 1976 Lady of Mann were near sisters but slightly different in terms of number of forward windows and other minor differences on the aft of the boat deck by the stern exhaust uptake structure. Also Lady had steel plating floors inside and the Queen wooden floors. Infact the Lady was also something like 30 cm shorter than the Queen!!! Ben my Chree and Manx Maid also looked identical but weren't. Different set up in the forward superstructure. These were ships of my childhood and I know them very well!
  3. Nick Hyde

    Other newbuild/arrivals

    I thought they didn't carry much freight but I could wrong.
  4. Nick Hyde

    Other newbuild/arrivals

    If DFDS don't want cruise ferries for the Amstedam route does this mean the record number of passengers travelling on this route isn't an important consideration when considering the currents route's replacements? I take it anything ro pax related won't have anything like the 1,600 cabin berths the current route's ships have. So the end result will be less passengers - albeit less of the less profitable mini cruise party passengers?
  5. Nick Hyde

    Condor Liberation article

    Realistically you need both trades for enthusiast magazine distribution - retail and subscriber. Subscriber should form the bulk but retail is essential for the reasons I mentioned. And Khaines is doing the right thing supporting the local shops.
  6. Nick Hyde

    Condor Liberation article

    Having magazines stocked in a shop is good awareness and branding and will attract peole who may not have previously known about it. Plus we need to keep the shops alive. ..one newsagent in Guernsey has closed down because people were buying online instead.
  7. Nick Hyde

    Condor Liberation article

    Buying direct from shops helps keep the High Street vibrant and alive!! Onto the Libby article in Ships Monthly, that caused quite a debate on the Condor Ferries Good and Bad Facebook group. Personally good to see her featured. Also there is talk (feasibility stage only) of Condor considering a ro pax replacement for Goodwill. This is reported in the recent International Cruise and Ferry Review. It also does say both Clipper and Goodwill have many years left in them so replacement is far from certain but the fact this subject is being discussed is exciting in itself. It's also not certain what comes first - Rapide replacement or Goodwill.
  8. Nick Hyde

    Two Condors in Poole

    Vood pictures. Barfleur is far better than that fast ferry tonnage lurking around it.
  9. I understand the North Channel is very deep making any tunnel between the Stranraer area snd Northern Ireland very problematic.
  10. Nick Hyde

    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Very good news. Let's hope they follow through with an actual order. If they do, it will be the first planned order for a cruise ferry since 1978 built Dana Anglia. MS Scandinavia of 1982, 1994 built Crown of Scandinavia and Dana Sirena of 2003 don't count for reasons most people on this group will know.
  11. Nick Hyde

    NOVA CRUISES: Nova Star

    Khaines...with risk of me sounding like a broken record, Liberation's issues are still not completely behind her. She cannot sail at the wave heights we were originally promised and we have not seen the 90% reduction in weather related cancellations that we expected. Having said that she is a pleasant ship to sail on when the weather is good. Her reliability is also very much improved.
  12. Nick Hyde

    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Any customised ro pax would have to have substantially much more passenger facilities on offer than Stena Hollandica has. While her cabins are top of their game the choice and range of facilities does not match that of a cruise ferry product.
  13. Nick Hyde

    Replacement of Bretagne

    I personally think that if it wasn't for the French regional assistance Brittany Ferries they get there would be a very skeleton or non existent service to France. Put it this way if Brittany Ferries had never been invented or existed would a purely private sector operator now set up (in 2018) and provide the same level of service with the quality of ships they have? I think not.
  14. Nick Hyde

    Brittany Ferries Cork 1978

    The pool on Prince and Princess of Scandinavia (ex Tor twins) was on the top deck and it was open air too!!
  15. Nick Hyde

    IOM Steam Packet to be sold

    The Manx Government have just voted to approve this deal.
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