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  1. I've been waiting for winter/spring bookings to become available so I can make an early booking for our Easter holiday 2020. I don't know whether others have tried yet but at present you can only book up to and including 21st April which is the Tuesday of the second week of the Easter holiday. For us that is useless, I can book an outbound but not a return which we wanted for Friday 24th or Saturday 25th. I've asked BF why and been told that it's because the Honfleur may come into service around then. But of course it may not. I can't be the only one caught up in this crazy situation but talking with customer service is like talking to the wall. Surely on the basis of when the Honfleur may come into service they could at least extend by another week so people can do things with certainty and if it does appear, it will be a bonus for some - but for us the crossings I would choose will be on the MSM anyway!
  2. Re: Your favourite BF ship My favourite of the current fleet is the MSM. I find her the quietest and most comfortable of the lot and also an excellent sea keeper. In close second would be the Normandie which I also find excellent but just a little noisier than the MSM. Of ships past, of course the Val was amazing and seeing it now as the King Seaways (am I the only person who thinks it's a stupid name) still makes me wonder why it wasn't kept, it was superb on the Plymouth routes or St Malo and probably the most versatile ship in the fleet and at the time a real gear change that set the standards we see now. I've never been fond of the Bretagne (ducks ;-) nor the Duc which I think was because my first crossing on the Duc was in the most awful weather, we started out thinking we would die ten minutes after leaving Portsmouth and after a further ten minutes were worried we wouldn't! Ouistraham is always a welcome sight but never more than that day.
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