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  1. I thought I was looking at holiday snaps from last year on Celebrity Edge, except the swimming pool is full Americans just standing in it drinking.
  2. Time for some competition when this is all over. Monopolies only serve the monopoly holder. Come back Stena, all is forgiven.
  3. Audience size (tiny) and interest (niche, a lot of discussion about ship operations) probably makes this an interesting forum for those of us on it - thanks due to those who provide and maintain it - but it’s hardly mainstream and may not be considered by BF as representative of the 2m passengers who use their services each year. I remember Mike Bevans from BF and James Fulford (CEO at Red Funnel) engaging but it’s hardly the case, to me at least, that whoever replaced Mr Bevans has ever engaged publicly and Fran Collins never has (she was probably “burnt” by public opinion in what is the atrocity that goes by the name of Condor Ferries). However, it is that ever present issue of only a small number ever speak up and is counted. The only time we all actually count is when the census happens. But I’d think when BF are looking at their summer operations they have a particular eye to the tour operators and their customers, inc BF’s own holidays division, but also the likes of Eurocamp, Canvas, Al Fresco, Siblu etc think all producing huge traffic numbers for them in the busy June-August period so I don’t think any of us should take it personally.
  4. Now that France has announced that the quarantine will now be applied on a reciprocal basis, so visitors from U.K. to France will now need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in France as well as 14 days when returning to England. That’s four weeks of quarantine for a trip to France... just how many people are going to think it’s worth it? What is the implication for second home owners, should they be paying taxes for services like refuse collection whilst not there? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52781812
  5. Looks almost as tightly packed as Bretagne’s deck 5. I say almost, it looks like you could still get your car door open and you won’t scrape your head on the low roof. I’m assuming that was one of their LSTs? It looks like they’ll all have to be reversed off via the bow door.
  6. Very nice and they had the good sense to put her forward superstructure.
  7. It think you're on the right lines @Cabin-boy and since Britain has a net tourism deficit - that is Britons spend more money abroad on tourism than they do at home and with inbound tourism from overseas countries included in that - then the Government will be looking at how to keep as much of that money at all levels inside the country for as long as possible to pay back the enormous bill we're going to have from this. They're likely to resist dropping VAT because it's their takeback and what's the point in comparing it with overseas travel, be that leisure or business, because there won't be much of it. My feeling is that in the future we'd travel abroad mostly to see relatives, make religious pilgrimages (like Christians to Rome, Muslims to Saudi Arabia, Jews to Israel etc - interesting to read today in the travel news that Virgin Atlantic if they survive are doubling flights to Tel Aviv, I immediately assumed it was due to the latter), and any other trips will be fewer and further between so really do become "trip of a lifetime" stuff.
  8. Article in The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/11602584/spain-14-day-quarantine/ It's full of adverts so will take an age to copy and paste.
  9. Spanish authorities are expected to impose their own 14-day quarantine rules on any international visitors, a move that will all but rule out holidays this summer. The news comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced it will be necessary for the UK to bring a two-week quarantine for people travelling from overseas as part of his plan to ease the CPVID-19 lockdown. According to The Sun the order will come into force on Friday and will remain in place as long as the current state of emergency exists, with extensions likely beyond June. The Sun said an official announcement from the EU is expected tomorrow about international travel, but it quotes Spain’s Official State Gazette (BOE) as saying: “Travellers who come to Spain from abroad must quarantine themselves for 14 days following their arrival.” Quarantine would require visitors to stay in their hotel or apartment, and abide by a strict code of conduct limiting leaving accommodation only to buy essential items or in exceptional circumstances. Mask wearing will be mandatory. Spain’s BEO says the measures are necessary due to the international spread of coronavirus and the need to act with caution to make sure visitors do not cause more outbreaks. The Sun reported that travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies must inform travellers of the quarantine and rules on behaviour when selling flights or accommodation in Spain. Airlines will have to provide a public health form which must be carried by the traveller following arrival in Spain. https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/370956/spain-set-to-impose-14-day-quarantine-on-visitors
  10. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52632976 Many British people are unlikely to be able to take foreign holidays this summer because of the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In another blow to airlines and ferry firms, he told ITV's This Morning it's "likely to be the case" there won't be a normal summer holiday season. The government is opening up parts of the economy, and Ryanair is planning to start services in July. But Mr Hancock said the traditional big-break holiday season is unlikely. Social distancing will have to be maintained for some time, he said. "The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to possible for this summer." Airlines, and the travel industry generally, have been among the biggest financial losers of the international lockdown. Aircraft fleets have been grounded and thousands of job cuts announced. British Airways is to shed 12,000 jobs. The picture is much the same overseas. On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government planned to introduce a 14-day quarantine for international travellers to prevent a second spike in the virus, infuriating airlines which planned to resume flying in the coming months. Mr Hancock's comments echo those from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last month who warned people not to book summer holidays - domestic and overseas - until social distancing rules are relaxed. "I won't be booking a summer holiday at this point," he told the BBC on 17 April.
  11. I think it's referring to the subsidies the cross Channel and Irish Sea operators have had to keep freight moving, and the furlough scheme for employees.
  12. They had the same interior designers and the colour scheme, tones and style of furniture/fittings were very similar. The feel of the lower of the two aft lounges (it's where the shop and some cabins where when she was Norman Spirit, I've not been on her as Calais Seaways) was virtually identical to the main showbar on the Norsun/Norsea. Lots of fake marble and brass fittings. I can't remember the name of the interior designers, that was just a bit too long ago now that I read it, but it was in one of the Ferry Publications fleet books either on RMT or on North Sea Ferries.
  13. Add most recently - not ready on boarding, then when it is it's still dirty and dusty.
  14. It costs £36 to change your name by deed poll, and £36 to change it back again. So that's £72 so might be worth it if you're wanting a refund from Brittany Ferries plus other airlines and holiday companies holding out on a refund. Change your name to Simon Calder or Martin Lewis and I bet your full cash refund will come through pretty sharpish.
  15. The trio were probably very nice when first put into service and probably much better than what Sealink and TT were running, but by the 1989 they were from a totally different era. Comparing them with the likes of Fantasia or the Chunnel Beaters was such an incredible gap. What didn't help was that probably one of the best ships from Dover was fleet flagship Prins Filip which was basically a short sea version of the North Sea Ferries Norsun and Norsea. She certainly was the biggest and I'd personally say I thought she was the best. The older trio inside were many rows of brown leatherette seating be that bench style or recliners, it was all very utilitarian. The Prins Albert had a refurbished self-service plus a couple of other bits done to make it more like Prins Filip but it still fell short; however, Reine Astrid had a more thorough refit and was much more to the standard of Prins Filip expect she took 5 hours to make the crossing whilst the rest of the fleet took 4 hours. Prins Filip was too big for the route along with Prins Albert, PMC or PME (one was usually laid up) and Reine Astrid running along with the Jetfoils. I believe there plan was to have had 2x Prins Filips but the Belgian shipyard went bust whilst they were building her resulting in her being delivered very late; that would have meant they'd have kept Prins Albert and Reine Astrid but have disposed of both the older pair. IIRC there was a tie up between RMT and BR on the Oostende route. Like the ships of SNCF, ALA and the Dutch railways, they kept their own funnel branding but all had the black Sealink hull, either white on black or vice versa. Horsa or Hengist did one overnight return a day from Folkestone to Oostende. When Sea Containers bough the UK privatised arm of Sealink in 1984, they moved St David to Dover with an aim to go from 15% of the traffic on the route to 50% which severely upset the Belgians. RMT left Sealink in 1985 and moved to TT, again with a joint branded livery, but when TT became P&O European Ferries the RMT ships went into Oostende-Dover livery which later became Oostende Lines (ironic since they ran one route). In 1993 they left the P&O partnership - P&O were expanding to Calais with Pride of Burgundy as a 5th ship, they called it "open mouth shuttle service" - plus the Zeebrugge freight ships were popular with hauliers. We know they went to Ramsgate which resulted in Prins Filip touching the bottom several times, I was on board once when she got stuck for about 20 minutes, but the road connections were terrible to Ramsgate back then. What was worse was the Jetfoil service which moved from the rail-connected Dover Western Docks, considering at Oostende the Jetfoils arrived right next to railway station too, then a Jetfoil from Ramsgate was utterly pointless. But it's why I'm going with 1992 as the biggest year for Dover in terms of ship movements; Pride of Kent had just come back from stretching and rebuild (I always preferred her to Dover/Calais) and it was RMT's last year there, the following year could no longer leave Dover to Oostende (RMT moved to Ramsgate) or Boulogne (P&O closed it to concentrate on Calais). I also have a feeling that in 1993 Hoverspeed closed their Dover-Boulogne route too and focused on Dover-Calais and Folkestone-Boulogne. Add in the hovercraft and jetfoils at the Western Docks there must have been about 100 departures from Dover every day in 1992.
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