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  1. 23 minutes ago, Pegpilot said:

    You're doing my head in, Jonno. For Dover, the only 5 I can name are Calais, Boulogne, Zeebrugge, Ostend and Dunkirk. Does the Boulogne hoverport count as a separate one or is there another esoteric one from the dim and distant past ? I guess the short-lived service from the beach at Bray in 1940 doesn't count !

    Dieppe as per Gareth’s reply just above yours 

  2. 6 minutes ago, KenTownley said:

    Once again Plymouth - Roscoff missing from the start of November '21 until the end of March '22. 😞


    Armorique doesn’t feature at all for summer 2022, so only showing 2 pont aven crossings a week all summer 2022 at present, although says more services will be added in May

  3. Have seen a tweet this morning that 2022 sailings and bookings have been released this morning. Not had chance to review what’s available and timetable yet.

    Plymouth Roscoff seems to only have Pont Aven every 3-4 days through summer 2022 at present 

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  4. 47 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

    As has already been said, NZ and Australia have simply fenced themselves off from the rest of the world. They don't have an ongoing vaccination programme to my knowledge so they will be forced to keep their borders closed until they do and that will play long term havock with their economies. The vaccination policy in the UK and elsewhere does provide an exit strategy as long as it can keep on top of the mutations and with an acceptable infection/death rate.

    When we were in NZ a few years back, much of the traffic on the roads was rental camper vans and Toyoto Corollas trundling eternally around the two Islands. Tourism is absolutely huge there, and rightly so.

    My personal thoughts are that their strategy might come back to haunt them. They aren’t building immunity and will be more susceptible when they eventually reopen. 
    we on the other hand will have immunity from the vaccine and all those who had the illness will have built some natural immunity too.

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  5. We’ve decided to stay U.K. for 2021 holidays. Booked with Parkdean for may half term and October half term. Money is in my savings for an august holiday abroad if we’re allowed or U.K. holiday restrictions dependent that we will book closer to the time 

    BF maybe missing a trick to get cash flowing in, I discovered TUI released 2022 much earlier than they normally do, and offering fairly decent discounts, as a result we’ve just booked a all inclusive deal for our family of 8 to Spain in October half term 2022 for less than half the pre covid rates for a similar October half term holiday. (I look every year for October half terms)

  6. 1 hour ago, PGTV said:

    Rubbish. It’s cream first then jam on top

    if you make a sandwich, you apply the butter first to the bread, then put the filling on top. You don’t put the filling on first, then apply the butter?

    obviously I’m Devonshire...  😁

    Always put fruit then cream. Fruit salad then cream on top, fruit crumble then cream on top. Jam then cream on top. 

    cream isn’t the butter. 


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  7. 2 hours ago, lg12 said:

    Triangular or rather Roscoff - Cork -St Malo - Cork - Roscoff?

    With a lot of Irish hauliers complaining about the distance Cherbourg is from their destinations, I wonder what chance this has of being competitive against other services.

    The Dunkirk Ireland DFDS I gather has been the most popular U.K. avoider, with desirable roads to Eastern Europe from Dunkirk and giving truckers a 24 hour weekly rest 

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  8. On 19/06/2020 at 08:02, The Ferry Man said:

    Trouble is we're being told not to use public transport - I'd love to go back on a train, it's the only way I can get to anywhere! You look on the NRE website and all that flashes up are messages basically telling you not to use them.

    Your being told not to use them if you have an alternative.

    if you have no alternative then you may use them to access any permitted activity!

  9. On 10/10/2019 at 20:28, cvabishop said:

    Isle of Wight has always been a favourite destination with me. Lovely scenery and lots of attractions. You could do a lot worse.

    I went for a day trip 12 months ago and said I wanted to take the kids for longer. As BF haven’t got their backsides organised to have schedules and bookings available in a reasonable advance time, may as well give it a go.

  10. We’ve booked a Parkdean on Isle of Wight instead of a Eurocamp now. Need to budget and no idea of ferry costing to gamble on. Euro camp were offering only Eurostar and Dover for Brittany holidays as option, presumably costing BF bookings by late release!

  11. On 29/03/2019 at 12:35, hf_uk said:

    Just seen this:

    Mentions about an e-flexer serving Plymouth. Frankly, nothing to be taken seriously, I am just amazed they used an image of a current ship, and with the new livery. That must have been down to BF's communications team. Usually they would have used one of Pont L'abbe or something when referencing a current BF story:P

    PLA is far too recent for them. They regularly use a photo of the Tamar bridge pre cantilevers to illustrate traffic jams or incidents on the bridge. 

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  12. On 26/03/2019 at 19:04, jonno said:

    BF are particularly cosy with Stena, I doubt they'd do anything to jeopardise the relationship by attempting to compete for business at Rosslare or Cherbourg. With the guaranteed income generated by the charters and eventual sales, I wouldn't be surprised if Stena think the same regarding the western channel.

    It’s got me wondering if there is some form of agreement or partnership in the making. 

  13. 4 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

    What would happen in a No-Deal Brexit scenario if the British government were to effectively subsidise an operator until such time as they were able to survive unaided? If that then allowed them to reduce fares while offering a similar level of service, an alternative to BF's monopoly on the routes and a secure freight link that would be the 'third' alternative to BF and DFDS, would it not make commercial sense for Stena (or another operator) to try? I assume that if a Brexit deal is reached then European subsidy rules would probably not allow such assistance and we'd still have to abide by them. Ed. 

    Even under UK rules public funded subsidies aren’t allowed when there is a fully commercial competitor. Assuming said rule applies to ferries as it does every other industry.

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  14. 8 hours ago, Gareth said:

    Oh, that's odd.  Just noticed the dates!  You both voted almost 2 years ago....that's ingenious! :D

    I haven’t voted nor seen the thread until now, but greyed out suggesting I’ve voted. Is there a software bug? 


    Anyway are we talking economically or just fantasy? 

    It will make no economical sense, and like the bus industry in most areas any competition would be commercial suicide.

  15. 1 hour ago, joncombe said:

    You already can. Just buy a rail ticket to Ryde Pier Head or Ryde Esplanade (or any station along Island Line), which can be bought from the ticket machines and at the booking office (I think they might even be a little cheaper than the Wightlink fare). So I guess this is really only an issue for those already holding a ticket for the ferries which is not a rail ticket (such as a season ticket) or tickets that only Wightlink sell (those that also include bus travel on the island, for instance).

    If you’ve got a railcard, it’s certainly cheaper to buy a rail ticket Portsmouth & Southsea to Ryde Esplanade than just the ferry return, anytime day single is £11.10 and anytime day return is £14.45 with railcard discount. 

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