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robbie

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  1. Sorry to hear that Khaines...hope you get better soon! I have to say Barfleur handled it well..she's a great little ship with bags of character. Can see why you are a fan.
  2. I was on this sailing and it actually was not too bad. Once the front went through at 1200 the winds veered more to the West and dropped considerably allowing the master to manouver off the berth. At sea there was a reasonable sell running but not too bad. I work on ships as a deck officer so am probably a bit immune to it however!.There were certainly some green looking people around.
  3. She's limping along at 13 knots at the moment
  4. Thanks for sharing this. A great report . I thinkIi may have to make a trip down there!
  5. Its strange that they have altered one vessel but not the other. Looks so much better as it was. It was still nice to travel on on old ex English Channel ship. I dont think there are too many vintage ships left in the Med now. I think the old Duchess Anne works the Dubrovnik-Bari route. Would be nice to see her.
  6. That's how I remember it. Yep thats all gone sadly. Real shame, she used to be a nice ship.
  7. The main bar is no more. The aft of deck 9 (I think) is now is a huge children's area on starboard and a sleeping lounge (it was locked so not sure) on port side . The ship really lacked any atmosphere and the cabin i was in on deck 7 was really showing its age complete with cracked lino floor.
  8. Just returned from Sicilly where I had the oppurtunity to sail on the GNV Cristal ex Pride of Le Havre. I have many happy memories of Pride of Le Havre. She had a fantastic interior, sadly I was very dissapoinetd to see her twenty years on as she is a shadow of her former self. Unfortunately my phone decided to stop working so have no internal pictures but all the carpet has been replaced by cheap laminate. The bar has gone and is now a childrooms play area. The only bar is the small snack bar that used to ne next to the club class lounge. The food was horrendous and massively overpriced. All
  9. An interesting move. I wonder if people are prepared to pay a premium for what is a very short passage? Time will tell. Perhaps in the height of summer to escape screaming kids? It looks very nice though and they seem to be copying some of Wightlink ideas by having more lounge orientated furniture such as sofas and armchairs. I think this works well on St Claire.
  10. Hotspur 4 is beyond economic repair. Blue Funnel wouldn't touch it and actualy I'm not sure it was sold as part of the deal.
  11. What a great article. Well found The Ferry Man.
  12. Plymouth /Roscoff hasn't done well ...wonder why?. Good to see Poole route with good increases. Hopefully, this helps its future whilst Barfleur is cost effective.Also interesting to note big shift of commercial vehicles from Caen to Le Havre route...guess it's cheaper.
  13. Blimey..give the guy a break. What happened to being a friendly forum?
  14. LD Lines had recliners that went flat and were great to sleep on. They had kind of side screens as well so gave some privacy. I for one cannot sleep in a semi recliner.
  15. e 400 million and it is one of the ugliest sailing vessels I have ever seen. Just shows money doesn't buy you taste. Surely he could have had something lovely like this one below. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there will be somebody on here that disagrees with me but come on... The Queen wouldn't be seen dead on Yacht A
  16. Add to that a soulless bar and poorly desiged sundecks aft.
  17. Wow that looks so much nicer. They really did ruin it. Thanks for sharing that!
  18. I have just returned from a trip on Bretagne and she is as great as ever. Does anyone know why the mid section on deck 8 (La Gerbe De Locrovan Cafe and reclining seat areas) , looks so different from the rest of the ship, more modern and open plan. Was it subject to a big modernisation at some point and if so what was there before.
  19. I think you sum it up well. The bar is terrible...no atmosphere and no focal point..its like sitting in a corridor. Its not hard to do...look at Barfleur or Bretagne for a nice bar. I also think the aft decks are terrible. Always seem to be sat in the shade next to the huge funnel devoid of any view. I know there is the top deck but as its open its pretty windy. Much prefer the tired decks of Bretagne or Mont.
  20. Stumbled across this interesting French website which I have not seen before. Apologies if it's already well known. https://transportsmarinsbretons.jimdo.com/brittany-ferries/
  21. Ah yes sorry about that! I don't seem to be able to edit the title however.
  22. Just came across this picture of one of my favorite ships aground at Larne. Never realised she had a mishap like this so quite a surprise. http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-the...-20018974.html
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