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  1. 21 hours ago, Mitchell32 said:

    The current French lockdown could be eased on May 1st, so fingers crossed! There's a number of sources of updated info about France; there are people on this forum who live there, and other online info such as The Connexion.  

    I'm not aware of BF offering any special refund options at present, so that will all boil down to what sort of ticket you have. You can cancel your booking if you have a flexi ticket, but will lose your deposit if I remember correctly. BF have recently announced that bookings for 2022 are now available online, but not for all crossings just yet. Check BF ferries update. You could manage your booking online and change your dates to next year, or indeed later this year.

    My main concern is about the UK regulations about travelling to France. We're hoping to sail on June 11th (Portsmouth-Caen) then June 27th (Cherbourg-Poole), and will be travelling to Provence. Even IF foreign travel is permitted from the earliest possible date of May 17th, and even IF France is given a green light under the traffic light system,  we will still need to get an official covid test before leaving the UK, and also before leaving France on our return. At present this will cost quite a bit of money. Also, if you have a positive test (under the green light system), you could be required to self isolate at home for 10 days on your return. We're keeping an eye on this, and if the situation isn't clearer by May 10th, we'll be moving our ferry booking to next year. The stress and uncertainty of having to obtain an official covid test in France within 3 days of going home, the bureaucracy of whether or not the results are available as required, and the remote possibility of a positive test, mean we're likely to not bother with our planned trip. We'll only travel if submitting a covid test is not a requirement.

    Good luck Mark, keep us posted as to how you get on, and I'll certainly be back with an update of my plans.

    MODS I'm still getting a "your content will need to be approved by a moderator" message when I post. Some of my posts have taken days to appear here. Is this meant to be the case?

    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.


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  2. 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. 😢


  3. 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.  



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  4. 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.  


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  5. 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.


  6. On 27/09/2020 at 09:32, Jim said:

    Unfortunately with such limited capacity theres no point in offering space at a relatively heavy discount. 

    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. 

  7. 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.

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  8. 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.


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  9. 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. 


  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. 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.

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  12. 21 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

    Thanks, Nodwad. I know my father had a vet's appointment on a Thursday afternoon a few years back (as the Friday was a public holiday) and his crossing was a Monday morning from Caen. The ferry was cancelled for whatever reason and BF specifically told him to take the tunnel instead to stay within the time frame. Ed. 

    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. 

  13. 1 hour ago, Cabin-boy said:

    Thanks, but must that 120 hours include the arrival inspection in the UK? ED. 

    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.

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