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  1. I note that they are saying they will not accept footies either for some time, which is a shame. We're sorry but we can only accept bookings for foot passengers for travel from 23rd March 2021.
  2. Also with FCO advising against nonessential travel to France and all the insurance implications, a French trip looks increasingly dfficult regardless of quarantine rules or availability of crossings. My Club voyage membership is due for renewal on Monday but doubt if I will be able to use it for some time.
  3. Yes I had the same problem the week before last. I received a text the morning of the crossing to say that it had been put back to 3 30 but had to check in at original time. We asked at check in whether the 90 minutes was 90 mins before 2.45 or 3.30 but was told it was 90 minutes before 2.45. We then spent ages in the queue in boiling heat and did not board till 3 so we were pretty fed up. The cafe in the terminal was closed so we just had to stand by the car for a long time. Coming back on Wednesday though on 2pm crosssing from Caen was great, I was late checking in about 1 and went stra
  4. One thing that has changed is the extended check in time, plus on Caen route last week ships were leaving later than expected so the time in the queue in the hot sun was very long and uncomfortable. I was glad I had not taken a dog with us as it would have been very dangerous in that heat.
  5. This is the reference for the October deadline . I would of course be delighted if it was lifted earlier as I am suffering from cabin fever and can't wait to get to France again. https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/death-of-schengen-france-introduces-seven-month-long-border-controls-amid-coronavirus/
  6. Also Macron has said he wants the borders closed until the end of October, so if non-French nationals can't enter France will this affect date of resumption of service?😤
  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  8. What about the water in the iced water machine on the Mont - although this was out of action last week?
  9. I hope she can encourage BF to introduce the provision of 'tap' water on all vessels instead of forcing passengers to buy plastic bottles. I used the bamboo cutlery the other day on the Normandie and it was great.
  10. Yes it is great to see her looking so good and still working. Yes I have lots of happy memories of trips on her too. I noticed when I was in Ouistreham tourist office the other day -which has also had a refurb - they had some lovely postcards which were of a painting of her in the port by Jean Marc Mouchel,
  11. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All. 🎅
  12. also piracy relates to the high seas and they were in British territorial waters I think when the incident occured.
  13. I was surprised by that, surely they should be charged with piracy?
  14. I was at Ouistreham a few weeks ago in the afternoon on my way back to the UK and a large group were on the beach and then they walked back to the port when the ship came in. This is the first time I have seen them on the beach in such large numbers and I did feel nervous walking back to the ferry along the path at the same time.
  15. Another factor to consider here is the suitability of the Etretat for dogs in cars. There were no pet-free cabins available on the Etretat and it was 25 degrees on deck 3 at 5pm last night. It was necessary to leave all windows and tailgate open but a visit mid crossing showed it had only dropped to 23 and dog was still panting so was a real worry . Of course by time aware of this too late too leave ship but would recommend avoiding leaving dogs in cars on this ship.
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