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  1. or maybe like the rest of us she was desperate for a change of scene.🙂
  2. Yes I also have lots of good memories of travelling on the Duc. I recall spending lots of time on the outdoor deck as well as in the restaurant. Sad to see her go especially as she looked quite good in her later life and I think she could have gone on a bit longer if covid had not intervened. Expect we will see lots more ships being scrapped prematurely now. Definitely the end of an era. 😒
  3. Merry Christmas to all and let's hope we will soon be able to travel again.
  4. The problem for pet owners is that the cost of taking a pet to France has increased as vets will obviously charge for the consultation, where I live it's about £40 or £50 consultation fee and extra for completing forms, plus doing the rabies antibody test adds to the cost and they already need a consultation in France before they return. So it means it is only worth taking a pet if you are staying a long time - you also need to add in cost of adding pet to ticket too. Also it does mean spontaneous visits with pet in tow are no longer possible and there may be cases of family emergencies etc
  5. I understand that but they could be offered as last minute offers with limited availability so when it is clear the space is unsold, it would be better to fill it just as airlines used to offer standby flights.
  6. It is a shame that there are no 24 hour offers which if for cars only and not footies would not impose additional costs and presumably the onboard spend would be welcomed. I would be willing to do quarantine after a 24 hour visit if it meant I could stock up with French goodies and deal with any matters I needed to attend in France and we always spend a lot on board. Now we are out of season the 24 hour trippers would not be taking cabins away from holidaymakers.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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/
  12. 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?😤
  13. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  14. What about the water in the iced water machine on the Mont - although this was out of action last week?
  15. 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.
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