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  1. Paully

    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    They have also,recently, parted company with the use of Tesco Vouchers towards the cost..Be interesting to see how their queues fare, going forward.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    Last year when we booked on the Bretagne, well ahead of sailing date, we were allocated a cabin below the car deck. Rang BF who said that they fill the cabin allocations from the top, of the vessel, downwards, at the time of booking. Sure they kindly sorted out a better cabin for us, but on sailing day there seemed to be plenty of cabins available. It won`t have escaped their attentions that cabin bookings are being skewed especially on the St Malo run, where cabins are at a premium sometimes. Yet another reason to tighten up. I bet its a combination of many reasons, most of which the travelling public will, as usual, have brought upon themselves. I too am happy with the 25% deposit. Lets see how it pans out.
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    Above and beyond customer service

    Condolences seem inadequate at a time such as this, but please accept ours as you deal with such a terrible loss..With every best wish to you and your family.. Lovely touch from Brittany Ferries..
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    No matter which way you dress it, there is less demand for the services they are providing to France. Spain is different, but much cheaper even with a devalued currency. They need to cut their cloth and ships and services to suit. Unpalatable but reality
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    The BF downturn, is a little more prosaic than the Brexit that some would be happy for it to be. Interestingly the routes to and from Spain, as well as freight are doing well. No suprises there then. Business as usual. Equally no suprises as to why their passenger traffic is well down. Two main reasons. First BF are perceived to be expensive. Slower with their longer crossings etc. I have followed many conversations elsewhere on travellers forums where they are the ferry of last resort. Many preferring the short sea crossings and the Tunnel. Many refer to them as `Pirates`. Secondly..France. It just doesn`t cut the mustard anymore. Its massively expensive even for everyday items and at least double the cost of Spain. The weather can be iffy, even in mid summer unless you drag yourself well down the south. Its public servants like to strike at the drop of a hat causing misery all over Europe and its just naff now as a holiday destination. It was of course the real `in place` many years ago, but not now. Last month we were stuck on an aircraft for 3 hours at Fuerteventura waiting for a slot from ATC who preferred a day off to working. Even their own President referred to them as `Slackers`..Well I agree and one reason we wont be returning anytime soon, but the main reason is the eyewatering cost of living. I can buy wines as cheap at Laithwaites than French Supermarkets, which I can send back if i don`t like them. Mercadona sell a lovely Rioja for 1E 68 and so it goes on. There was a big discussion about this on one of the caravan forums a while back and its amazing how many are now trying Germany and Italy instead of France, most citing costs. A lot of them are not returning to France holidays either. I think BF management need to get real, but I agree Brexit is a useful horse for them to flog. Reality never was a French strongpoint though.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Well as an SNP supporter we are both in the same boat then. But just to lay my cards on the table, I really don`t give a toss whether we get a deal or we don`t. I just want it sorted, one way or the other,quickly..
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Big Picture Guys, big picture ..He can only deal so far.Sadly it appears, that the EU themselves want a political and not necessarily a business settlement. However, what we are seeing at the moment is the cut and thrust of the debate, with neither side completely showing their hand and it would be unreasonable to at this stage in the proceedings. To play it all out in the full glare of public scrutiny is just not how it works. Have patience and see where these events take us. All we have so far are statements from both sides, which tells us nothing. Courage Mon Brave
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Those days are behind her now Neil. Even she knows she can`t continue as she did. I agree she is talentless and simply doesn`t understand people. Davis on the other hand does, having come from a single parent family on a Council estate in South London. That`s why he made his statement on the health care for ex pats and rightly so. She dare not interfere like she did, because even she understands( and that took a botched election to do it) that her premiership is limited and she`ll be thrown over the side at the appropriate time. Good riddence as well.
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    Bretagne - benches to sleep overnight

    and that`s just on the day crossings
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    Bretagne - benches to sleep overnight

    Was on the Bretagne last month but don`t recall seeing any `bench` type seating. In fact I wouldnt think any of the casual seating would be suitable for `kipping on`..I would suggest a reclining seat might be a lot better, or have a word with BF reservations. Someone on here recently found that they do a berth in a shared cabin(albeit this was on the Spanish run) at a very reasonable cost and ended up being the only occupant .
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    NORMANDIE mini cruise

    Nice report, Giloine and merci and a Happy 40th Birthday to you..Nice to know that things are still good on the Normandie , she has many fans on here. Getting to the Bridge, in this day and age was a big achievement, but also shows that Brittany Ferries Officers are able still to make their own judgements without danger to security. Gives hope to many other travellers. Oh, by the way, your English is far better than my French
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    Red Jet 7 - Red Funnel orders another Fastcat

    Oh dear, must have struck that one a bit close to home..Lets just say after 30 years as a Policeman, including time as a Traffic Cop, I stand by every word. Oh yes and so do most of my past and present colleagues
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    Red Jet 7 - Red Funnel orders another Fastcat

    Because there are too many posers with too much money..
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    SBS Crews perform Training Exercise on Poole Ferry.

    I very much doubt that they were
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    P & O fares 2018

    P & O have released their fares and sailings today on all routes for 2018, for those interested in the routes they cover.