Jump to content


BFE Members
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by DucdeNormandie

  1. I booked a longer trip last week for December and the lateral flow test, will have to cancel and rebook the PCR tomorrow, but would be more cross if it were just a day trip. It is hard to plan anythig that is for sure.
  2. The offer is limited to Caen and St Malo.
  3. The 24 hour returns are back for a limited period which is good news but hard to see how it will work with the reduced number of crossings to fit in a max 29 hours trip and can only be booked by phone so can't experiment . But still very welcome. #https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/offers/ferry/day-trips-france
  4. yes lets hope she will be back soon.
  5. Have just noticed this on BF's facebook page which suggests Bretagne is out for charter. https://grs.group/grs-ferry-cruise/charter/ferry-cruise-vessels-for-charter/ferrycruise-vessels-for-charter-results/ferrycruise-vessels-for-charter-detail/?type=charter&vid=%231034050&fbclid=IwAR1EzDhR9eFoUwRsV4Qaj-cDoPloBjnLDd6Wc3XIfttypipx8NmELc61XJ8 ,Apologies if already posted elsewhere😒
  6. Yes I agree the 24 hour return would be great for some Xmas shopping and now testing is getting a bit cheaper I am sure they would attract a lot of passengers and they would probably spend a lot on board too.😊
  7. Yes it is a shame that there isn't a poll by one of the polling agencies or newspapers among the currently non travelling public on this question as I am sure there is a widespread feeling that it is too difficult and expensive now with the tests and if they were removed the vaccinated public would be much more willing to travel. I know that asking around amongst friends and acquaintances it is themajor deterrent, much more significant than the perceived risk of catching covid itself in rural France.
  8. There is an update on the BF site now https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus/ceo-message
  9. I don't have an i phone either at the moment but have just rung 119 and they are sending me a letter instead. it's a bit of a palaver getting through but I feel happier with a piece of paper. Not sure what you would do about the passenger locator form, last year you could fill out a hard copy on arrival at Portsmouth.
  10. Yes I agree the cost of the testing is now prohibitive plus the additional stress if the result does not arrive in time - as happened in the case of a contributer recently - and risk of a false positive delaying return...it does not make for a relaxing or affordable holiday. It also begs the question of why bother with the vaccination programme if it is not sufficient. The testing industry is no doubt highly profitable but I found this comment below on a local PCR test site, which suggests that the vaccination is or should be more persuasive. I hoped the vaccine progamme would help the travel industry but the testing requirement is a retrogade step. If I have had my vaccination, will this affect my test result? If you bring proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to your appointment, we can issue you a negative result in the unlikely event that your test proves inconclusive.
  11. I was told by my vet that lots of vets don't want to do them now because it is such a headache. I've also seen prices of over £100 being advertised online. That is of course without the costs of vaccination, pet fares etc, and treatments before return so sadly it seems the days of taking our pets on holidays with us are over unless we are quite wealthy. 😢
  12. I receive the same form every year and always tick the first box 'aucune de...' as I have no tv on the property of any kind, the lovely French sunset offers me sufficient entertaintment. Otherwise I will be charged a hefty supplement for tv use . I always keep copies of the letter I send back and certificate of posting as a few years ago they charged me anyway and it took me several months and letters before they accepted that I had returned the form to that effect.
  13. or maybe like the rest of us she was desperate for a change of scene.🙂
  14. 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. 😒
  15. Merry Christmas to all and let's hope we will soon be able to travel again.
  16. 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 or problems finding kennels at short notice where it is desirable to take the pet with you. Previously once the passport was bought with all jabs up to date it was gooid for a few years without all the extra expense and palaver, Usually the pet cabins are over subscribed so I would expect more to become available now on the shorter routes. It is not a political or anti government issue rather just cost and convenience. 😢
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 straight on and she sailed at 1/4 to 2! On both crossings disembarkation was very fast and was on the road very quickly.
  22. 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.
  23. 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/
  24. 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?😤
  25. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  • Create New...