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  1. 5 hours ago, BigDW1946 said:

    Travel Cork to Roscoff last Saturday on PA. All cars put on port side of Deck 3 and allowed upstairs in small groups. No public seating available inside or out on deck, except Self Service (but not staggered seatings probably because too few passengers). Flora shut and few in bar. We dined in our cabin. Asked to vacate cabin 20 minutes before docking, but no crowds gathered as car deck open. All crew wearing facemasks even deck hands.

    In France few shops are making masks obligatory and only half the people we saw were wearing them properly. Campsites here in Argeles are busy but not full. Whilst nightclubs remain closed most campsites are having discos until midnight. 

     

     

     

    We went around to Ringaskiddy on Saturday to see her off. It was incredible to how empty she looked. In a normal year first sailing in July would be sold out. We saw practically nobody out on deck as she departed. 10 minutes early departing, highly unusual for her to leave early in July!

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  2. We were due to holiday in Brittany for Easter. We had booked our accommodation with Eurocamp. Without having to contact them we were contacted by email to say they were canceling the booking due to the current health crisis. They offered a voucher for 120% of our booking valid until December 2021 or a full refund. We opted for the refund and it was lodged back to our account within 2 days. 

    Contrast this with the two Ferry companies were using for the trip. Our outbound sailing is still running with Irish Ferries for essential travel and as such will they only offer a voucher if we cancel, because as far as they are concerned the sailing is operating as normal!. And Brittany Ferries who canceled the crossing but have not contacted me to confirm this and will only offer a voucher when they eventually do. 

    Out of these three companies guess which one will be guaranteed my business in the future!

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  3. For me this is just another example in a long list of poor customer service over the last couple of years. 
     

    1. Last year when they had problems with the Pont, they left it up to Irish customers to chase them for solutions. 
     

    2. Changing my sailings from Cork to Rosslare just two days after taking a booking knowing full well the sailing wasn't going to run as sold. 
     

    3. I have two return trips booked with BF this year. One in April and one in May , Both are paid in full at this stage. Who knows the hoops I am going to have to jump through to get my money refunded. 
     

    None of this is BF fault. However, people have long memories when they are poorly treated. In my opinion only offering a voucher when people are entitled to a refund is very poor form.  

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  4. It’s the inbound that has been switched. We have all accommodation and golf paid for so canceling is not an option. 
     

    Also arriving into Rosslare now means a two two and a half hour drive home instead of a 5 minute drive. Our original arrival time of 8am into cork meant I would have made it into work. Now I need to take an extra day off. 
     

    These are the knock on effects of the decision. We made the decision to take this trip based on the fact that we could depart Cork on the Saturday and arrive back into Cork on the following Wednesday morning. There are no other viable alternatives so we will just have to go with Rosslare now. 

  5. 6 minutes ago, Buzzbee said:

    Methinks Shar^k isn't dreaming of visiting Rosslare!  Brest? Maybe. Seriously, the chances of BF abandoning Roscoff-Cork are slim.  And Santander-Cork is probably safe until there is clarity on the post-2020 UK-EU trading relationship.  BF is an obvious contender to fill the gap on Rosslare-France left by IF.  But I don't think that it will be at the expense of Cork services, at least not this year. 

    I live five minutes from Ringaskiddy and two hours from Rosslare! So the above statement is correct!😂😂

  6. As someone who has a booking made for Roscoff-Cork on Kerry in May, I’m left wondering whether it will now go ahead into Cork or a different port, or at all?

    Surely all these rumours are going to make customers think twice about making a booking, which isn’t going to help matters at all. 

  7. On 13/01/2020 at 16:57, BobtheBunker said:

    Let me guess, tee-time at 11 o’clock on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday😠 

    No, enjoy the course, if it wasn't for the tourists I doubt it could stay in business.

    btw, the number of Brittany Ferry golf groups has seen a substantial increase in the last couple of days. I was talking to the Director of Golf and he was getting worried at the lack of bookings for this year - normally have loads by now. He was asking if I thought the “B” word might be putting people off. Personally, I don't think so, but it could be the fall in the exchange rate.

    Look out for me - I’ll be in one of the bunkers.

    Bob.

     

    PS, I believe you will need your handicap certificate for Val André.

    @BobtheBunker have you played the links in Granville. Is it worth 75€

  8. Your in luck, we are playing Des Ormes on the Sunday we arrive, we were going to play St Malo on the Monday but that’s proving a bit pricy! So we are looking at maybe playing the Links course in Granville on the Monday. And we are booked to play Val André on the Tuesday morning on the way back to Roscoff. 
     

    Interesting that Val André require a handicap certificate, not an issue as all three of us have one, but have never come across that before. 
     

    One thing I’ve learned in planning this trip is that green-fees in France are not cheap! Even very average courses are pricy. 

  9. We have settled on the following three,

    1. Domaine des Ormes

    2. St Malo 

    3. Pléneuf Val André
     

    Heading over in May with two friends (also heading to des Ormes for Easter with the family so might sneak a game!) so looking forward to it. 

  10. 12 hours ago, BobtheBunker said:

    Dinard is an interesting course - very difficult if the wind is blowing. Saint-Malo Golf at Le Tronchet is good too. A little further east in Normandy is Granville - a true links course with spectacular views of the Channel Islands as long as the weather is good.

    Stay away from Des Ormes, you lot keep coming over and take my favourite tee time.🙄😂

    Bob “The Bunker”

    Stayed in Des Ormes last year with my wife so never made it onto the golf course. Is it any good?

  11. 51 minutes ago, crechbleiz said:

    Golf de Pléneuf Val André on the North Coast is a must for its stunning views. Neighbouring clubs in Sables d'or and les Ajoncs d'or are worth a try. 

    I have this on on the list. Also golf des ormes. Just need one more

  12. On 29/11/2019 at 11:17, TonyMWeaver said:

    Short video from on board 'M/V Kerry', thanks to Jonathan Kilpatrick. 

     

     

    Seems a better layout then Connemara. If I remember correctly the self service on Kerry is the bar on Connemara. The bar on Kerry is the sleeping lounge on Connemara. 

  13. On 06/11/2019 at 16:15, Cabin-boy said:

    If you can get as far as Avranches before stopping there is a Buffalo Grill right next to the motorway and they serve food until 3pm. Ed. 

    I’ve wondered about this chain for years, finally tried the one in Morlaix this year. Won’t be going back! Absolutely awful burger and chips!!

     

    Avranches is a great place to stop though, very close to Mont St Michel aswell which is well worth a visit.  

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  14. 14 minutes ago, Tumnus2010 said:

    Economie to France isn't that much cheaper I've found. Indeed when looking to book I found it to be as expensive as Caen, the only plus side being a slightly longer night crossing it seems. Hope it goes

    Agreed. Not a huge difference between the Pont Aven and Connemara price wise from Cork to France. However it does give us additional sailings during the week as opposed to just the one on a Saturday. 

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