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  1. What about the water in the iced water machine on the Mont - although this was out of action last week?
  2. 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.
  3. 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,
  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All. 🎅
  5. also piracy relates to the high seas and they were in British territorial waters I think when the incident occured.
  6. I was surprised by that, surely they should be charged with piracy?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I thought it was 120 hours before arrival in the UK according to BF advice. Happily our dog is now going to leave from le Havre today so should be within the limt.
  10. yes my other half is booked on it with out dog and i am worried now about getting them home within the time frame of the tapeworm treatment - dog owners will know what i am talking about,
  11. They've just cancelled the Monts 1400 sailing.
  12. This is the link to BBC report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-45257005/migrant-crisis-i-climb-into-lorries-three-times-a-day
  13. I have been travelling through Ouistreham regulaly over past few years and have noticed an increase in the numbers congregating on the edge of town in the last few months. I noticed last week that some of the areas where they gather have now been fenced off but they are still there on the perimeter. As has been said, lorries rather than cars are more at risk but I find large groups of men on the streets (there are no women or children) intimidating, wherever they are from. I did not see them on the beach but I know the locals are worried about the impact on tourism. I live not far from Portsmouth and in the past local teenagers have often gone over for day trips but are avoiding it now as they are worried now about being in the town in the evening. If there is a perceived problem it will affect tourism regardless of whether the tourists are actually safe or not, which is a shame, as Ouistreham is such aa lovely town which is well worth a stop en route to other areas of France. https://actu.fr/normandie/ouistreham_14488/migrants-ouistreham-ville-serait-boudee-par-touristes-commerces-se-disent-menaces_16777526.html
  14. and they often have child friendly exhibitions upstairs, next to the costa coffee plus great views of the ships .
  15. Great , thanks for the deckplan. I do remember the cafe and restaurant being on one level, but couldn't recall how lower decks were configured. I agree at the time she was a great advance on what went before.
  16. Yes great pics thank you. She had a lovely promenade deck. Does anyone still have a deck plan? I can';t remember exactly the internal 'odd' layout. The funnel definitely looks better than the current ones.
  17. Well York also has a very good reputation and a nice campus so am sure it will also be a good place to study. Good luck with your course.
  18. Have you spoken to Durham? As applications are down this year they may still be willing to take you if you have only just missed the grade. I think it would be worth contacting them to discuss this.
  19. That is a shame as the views are lovely there and will not be enhanced by that addition to the seascape.
  20. On the question of whether the ships move or stay still to allow helicopter to winch passengers up, I was on the Normandie in early April when there was a medical evacuation and the Normandie was moving throughout the procedure. It did seem to take the helicopter quite some time to get into position. I was impressed that we arrived only about 10 minutes late in Ouistreham despite the evacuation. Last year I was also on board when there was another medical evacuation. This time the ship was stationary because there had been a power cut and the engines had cut out and an accident befell a crew member trying to deal with it. In the end the ship was diverted to Cherbourg for repairs. So the helicopters seem to be able to cope in either case. .
  21. We are members of Club Voyage (and BFE) and completed 20 years a couple of years ago - we were given some lovely macarons and fruit in our cabin and a tour of the bridge.
  22. With best wishes to all for a Happy New Year
  23. Originally posted by Gareth Could be a few things. A rogue yacht? Something about to come out of the lock? Ultra low tide? (Although if that why not just say so). Stronger cross-wind than they had planned for? Bow thruster wouldn't start? Did you get all the way up the approach channel into the turning basin or was the approach aborted before entering the channel? Might hold some clues. Yes we had entered the turning basin and had turned round and were almost ready to dock.
  24. Can anyone explain another mystery...travelling to Caen a few weeks ago (on Fri 16th September) we were just arriving at Ouistreham at the scheduled time and could see people at the quayside, when it was announced that we were unable to dock because of traffic problems - even though we could see no ships in the port or the vicinity. We then went out to sea again for quite some way before returning again to tie up, about 4 pm. It was very odd and passengers were mystified. People who had already gone down to the car deck were called back up and the bars and cafes were reopened. There were no problems at the second attempt and we got off quite quickly but it was very strange.
  25. I don't thinkt the Normandie is so much worse than the Mont. Yes she is obviously older but still looks good for her age and has been well maintained and I think the deck 7 with the horse sculptures is very attractive and the outside is more attractive. It is a shame you cannot access deck 8 easily on the Normandie unlike the Mont, it is a real chore having to go up to deck 9 to get out. The Mont also has a lovely iced water machine which is great in the hot weather, but otherwise I don't think the gap is so huge.I like it best if I can go one way on the Mont and the other on the Normandie.
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