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  1. Without declaring my own opinion on the site, these days the two core things are that a website is FAST and that it works on mobile phones, which is probably where a lot of the traffic comes from and and where speed is critical because many users will be on 3G or 4G. Using Google's own tools:* IS IT FAST? https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brittany-ferries.co.uk%2F Site scores as 'slow' at 36 out of 100. The French site scores 39 out of 100 which is also very poor for speed, the Irish site fairs better in the average category at 52 out of 100 and the freight site is fastest at 58 out of 100. However, they're all poor scores. So... NO, IT IS NOT FAST Stena Line is 11 out of 100, Irish Ferries is at 56, Ryanair is 51 and Eurotunnel is an horrific 5 out of 100. IS IT MOBILE FRIENDLY? https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brittany-ferries.co.uk%2F Yes, the page scores as mobile friendly. It's a no for the French site, Irish site and freight site, probably not that many freight customers using it to book though. It's a yes for Stena Line, Irish Ferries and Eurotunnel. So... it's ok then? Well it's better than the Irish site for sure; Google prioritises mobile friendly, probably second after the site being secure (https) and probably ahead of mobile. However, on average Irish Ferries will always outrank the Irish site and probably the UK site too. Stena Line will most likely outrank BF's Irish site in search results. = room for improvement *caveat is that Google penalises sites for speed, yet Google's own scripts that websites use like for Google Analytics. Google Ads, Google Tag Manager and Google Optimize (the latter doesn't even work properly with Analytics) is a bit rich on their part, but Google dominates the internet in Western Europe so sites have no choice but to follow Google's own rules.
  2. Barfleur has 72 cabins. Cotentin has 120 cabins. Why would Brittany Ferries want to add more, and take up a lot of space, on a shorter sea route which usually sails at day? And if it doesn't it still has more cabins than Barfleur.
  3. https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/of/ships/shipid:201103/shipname:STENA BALTICA/mmsi:235102029
  4. 116 + 8 = 124 cabins, if all are 2-berth except the 8 then that’s 264 berths. Where would the extra 100 cabins and 432 berths go? That would give her about as many berths as Normandie or MSM. Sorry if I’m missing something in the calculation.
  5. If Cotentin is being returned to BF in 2021, I’m going to keep my money on the Stena Visentini pair going to Karlskrona-Gydina. The lengthened Visentini pair would carry as many as metres on two ships as the current three (Spirit, Vision, Baltica/Cotentin)
  6. If entertaining speculation... Cotentin: Poole-Cherbourg Barfleur: Plymouth-Roscoff Armorique: Portsmouth-St Malo Bretagne: thank you for 32 years (ducks for cover!)
  7. Does anyone know, is there a difference in the styles of scrubber? I know there’s closed and open loop systems which work differently. I’m not sure which the big ones are (MSM, PA, Arm) and the smaller ones (BDS, CF, Kerry) - but I know engine size has something to do with it hence why PA and MSM have huge ones. Perhaps someone else knows please?
  8. She’s been in the water for quite a long time too, closer to two years than one, having sat around in the yard.
  9. Oh gosh. Thought that was a no-go to mention 🤭
  10. She’s not the only ship in the fleet with one, so has Cap Finistere. I used it as a foot passenger on Portsmouth to Cherbourg in her first BF season, boarding was via a small stern door (except it’s on the port side) and the escalator is behind that running up to the reception area.
  11. Yes, it seems to have. They have also changed the questions about there being a cinema and around food/drink venues: Current restaurant and bar facilities will move to the new ship. The Columbus Club and Navigator's Bar will be upgraded to a two story seaview facility So would be a fair assumption that the a la carte on the Moby ships will become North Sea Bistro, the self service becomes Explorers Kitchen and Coffee Crew/Starbucks goes into the pizza/coffee shop location.
  12. We've seen Stena do it before - put the current much longer Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica from Harwich - Hoek van Holland onto the Kiel - Goteborg route, taking extra freight and closing down Travemunde - Goteborg at the same time, which of course is what enabled the shorter Vision & Spirit to be rebuilt as double deck loaders and put on the Gdynia - Karlskrona route. Stena often refer to Sweden-Poland as being one of their star performers, currently in the hands of two quite old ships (although Stena do operate much older) and chartered tonnage (ie, a ship from Brittany Ferries). However, market conditions are quite different when travelling from Sweden to Germany compared to the Poland where the prices on shop shelves (especially alcohol which is what fuels a lot of the traffic on the Viking/Tallink/Silja/Eckero ships) are much lower than they are in Sweden. Since NI Ferry shows the two longer ones coming into service in 2022 https://www.niferry.co.uk/stena-e-flexer-overview/ and if traffic is simply continuing to outpace the current ships, then it may be that Stena feel they can't wait. Whilst they lead Polferries on product now, it doesn't mean they will in the future, and it doesn't mean a new freight-orientated entrant couldn't come in. 2022 is a long way away, the E-flexers might be needed elsewhere by then or even go out to charter, I think Stena have always taken a more pragmatic view. "Cruise" might be a lot of work for not a lot of return plus a customer who is transient, as opposed to freight which is generally year round and more regular. BF's own Spain services are undoubtedly much more about freight now than cruise. Same on Harwich - Hoek (although ever since the HSS) and same on Kiel - Goteborg.
  13. I’d happily put money on them going on Karlskrona to Gdynia. Traffic on the route seems to be constantly growing, both ports have double deck loading, each ship does 2x 10-hour crossings a day so needs cabins for overnight. Rumour is the last two enlarged E-Flexers are for the route but nothing has been announced.
  14. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Newcastle, but is it perpetually dark there? Amsterdam is on about the same latitude as Birmingham. Would have thought apart from the deepest winter from Nov to Jan, the big windows are perfect for a 5pm departure and 9.15am arrival, especially sailing up the Tyne.
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