Boarded Bretagne in Portsmouth, I had a commodore class cabin which I have to say was very clean. Had dinner in Les Abers, plenty of choice on the buffet and the main course of Duck was cooked to perfection. We sailed on time under the command of Captain Rimbault. Bought the Bretagne book in the shop. It was a very calm crossing and I slept really well. The following morning I opted for the cabin breakfast with 2 of everything (roll, croissant and pain au chocolat) there was more than enough. Disembarkation in St Malo was quick and I was in the terminal by 08:40.
Spent a few days enjoying the delights of St Malo, noticed a couple of restaurants had changed hands and names - the Jacques Cartier had changed but can't remember to what also La Bisquine is now the St Vincent. Luckily the Cafe De L'Ouest is still the same and still excellent.
Returned back on Bretagne the day before the problem with the link span - don't know if it was of any significance but when the tractor was lifting the span away it caught the side.
This time the captain was a new one to me - Captain Breanne (apologies for spelling). Again very smooth sailing and again the buffet in Les Abers. This time I had the lamb which was excellent.
Just before arrival there was an announcement that due to strong tidal currents we would be 20 minutes late arriving in Portsmouth but we were still along side by 18:20. All in all 2 vert good crossings on the Bretagne and I have to say the old girl is still looking as good as ever.
2 negative points which I appreciate are outside the control of bf. Firstly the seats in St Malo terminal are very uncomfortable. Secondly not everyone is security checked- I think it should be all or none.