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  1. If Pont Aven leaves Spanish routes this will be a massive loss. While Galacia is impressive and well fitted out, the lack of a formal restaurant and showbar lounge turns the journey more into a functional crossing rather than an exciting start to a holiday. Some might not value the passing of this, but many do, especially those who appreciate live music and entertainment, drink and a fun time! While it is not a cruise, a cruise ferry does normally have these facilities. So I think the lack of (or possible lack of) balconies on any new eflexer is the least of our worries.
  2. DFDS Tor Line livery on Tor Britannia was the best of all time. Traditional and suits the ship's sleek handsome lines and funnel perfectly.
  3. I thought BF's Portsmouth to St Malo route was showing passenger decreases year on year, and numbers now are quite a lot down compared to the higher levels it had 10 years ago. I hope I'm wrong here.
  4. Here in Guernsey the border will not be fully open until 1st July. As of Monday we have just reopened our internal economy with no masks or social distancing required- even nightclubs are open. So we won't be rushing to open our borders to jeopardise all this. Jersey on the other hand have a different strategy.
  5. I think the best way to look it is that only one covid case has the ability to multiply the number of infections. In late February the Isle of Man was fine with no lockdown and social distancing needed as the island borders were effectively shut. Covid levels in an island of 85,000 people were in single digits, with all cases in from people returning back home to the island. All were in self isolation so no risk of community seeding of covid. One covid case was then imported into the island accidentally by a Steam Packet employee and it spread within the community. Now they have a full lockdow
  6. From Guernsey's covid briefing today it looks like 1 July is planned possible date for re-opening of Guernsey's border without need to quarantine (with test at border). Full story at www.guernseypress.com.
  7. Border restrictions to Guernsey are not been removed just yet. We will soon be going to stage 3 (22 March) where the internal market on island is fully open with no social distancing restrictions. The first time this has happened since lockdown on 22 January. More will be known on the roadmap for opening Guernsey's borders in today's States (Gsy Gov) covid briefing. Plus conventional ferries still require testing to protect crew onboard on what are essential lifeline freight routes.
  8. Is the old DFDS Tor Line passenger terminal building still there in Felixstowe? I guess it got demolished decades ago.
  9. Also add DFDS Tor Line passenger terminal at Felixstowe!!! The second terminal at this town. Services moved to Harwich in March 1983
  10. And remember Europe's sister, St Nicholas, used to be called "the big one" in launch 1983 literature for Harwich Hook. How times abd ferry sizes have changed.
  11. On Commodore Clipper reclining seat passengers can pay to have access to a special shower block. I guess Brittany Ferries don't offer this facility
  12. Totally agree. They have more digital and films available in cabins but these are nothing compared to live entertainment.
  13. Let's hope P&O make a real effort to make the economics of running the Hull to Rotterdam route work. Me's hoping 5 years down the line when the current ships might need replacing they don't give up on that route too. They need to address what seems to be a long term decline in demand for the take your own car to Europe market.
  14. If you had just been infected by Covid prior to boarding the ferry it wouldn't necessarily show up as a positive Covid case. Hence why here in Guernsey even when they do covid testing st the border for all arrivals people still need to go into quarantine. At the moment it is 14 days but earlier on in the year it was 7 days with a second test.
  15. If you are right about the cruise ferry concept disappearing it is a very boring future. It was travelling on excellent cruise ferry like Tor Britannia in 1984 that iginited my interest in ferries.
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