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  1. Having spoken to two different owners today, both stuck by them as the UK team were excellent in their support for owners, did a lot of the work for them and the 20% discount was a decent incentive to book with them.. One at least is with other platforms, that has been mentioned, but they were almost always more expensive to use, lacked the support the BF firm offered and none could offer the discount that made BF actually affordable in peak season.. Also the excellent staff, certainly from my experience, have all lost their jobs as I understand...
  2. As many of you may know this is a BF based holiday cottage/gite agency, operating out of Poole. They link owners in France and Spain with clients and offer (and have done for years) a useful 20% discount on the passenger and car ferry tariffs on all routes. Sadly I have just heard from an owner, we are booked with in Normandy next year, that BF have decided to close this part of their business for good at the end of December. All bookings discounts will be honoured for 2022 and all bookings made before 31st December, for next year, will attract the 20% discount. The real sadness is for hundreds of holiday home owners who did all their letting through HFD and Brittany Ferries and now have to find alternative ways to market their properties.They have been given very little notice which is a rather shameful way of treating people who have been loyal to them over many years. The bottom line is obviously now all to Brittany Ferries and they seem to be systematically stripping discounted travel away, despite the business it brought in. I wonder how much more life the CV has left in it?...By the looks of this not very much.
  3. Looks like whatever it was may have been fixed. Amorique came off the berth after lunch and has been `sea testing` and is now at the St Malo anchorage.
  4. So did we Ian, I know exactly what you mean ๐Ÿ˜
  5. Does`nt look good. In fairness to BF they are merely the charterers and accepted delivery on initial arrival in Europe. The design, ordering and accepting of delivery finish was all the responsibility of Stena RoRo, who are actually still the owners. That said I`m sure BF will be drawing up a snagging list that will have to be put right under the terms of the charter agreement.
  6. Still got ours, tucked away somewhere, taken on the Bretagne..Yes the kids loved it as well
  7. We have had opportunities to travel to both France and Spain this year but have done neither. In the latter case, Spain, the cancellation of the flights was out of our hands and the French one is just too full of hoops to be bothered. We went, instead, in June to the Isle of Wight and whilst the weather was mixed we thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact so much so we are returning there for 2 weeks on Monday. Both times we will have used the Red Funnel services, which we like. An hour of interesting places, sights and vessels whilst on passage. They even have a Commodore class lounge called Signature. The Island is often said to be 20 years behind the mainland, or north Island as the locals call it. Its climate is that of Normandy/Brittany. Lots of lush green agricultural land giving a good supply of fresh Island produce, readily available. Lovely beaches and `Kiss me quick` resorts for those that want it and much quieter places for those that don`t. Good walks over the hills inland. We have rented cottages this trip. OK not that cheap but still affordable. Islands roads are slow, narrow and winding with traffic that mostly drives to the conditions. As I get older I get less tolerant with nonsense, forms, lies and fools. A holiday is what you make it and we are both satisfied it ticks more boxes than it doesnt. Oh and I really don`t miss France either.
  8. This one should work...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6qPQ4fs84g
  9. We are going back shortly for our second visit of the year to the Island and this time using one of the cottage letting agents..One cottage is completely flexible but the other isnt available until the Sunday..Some are still Sat to Sat but others are very flexible, so cleaner availability may well be the key. We are using Red Funnel to Cowes, as before so its the usual `Ferry Roulette` with very small car parks ๐Ÿ˜. That said we havent missed France and the huge amount of extra driving it would entail and as you get older it gets less appealing, not to mention the hoops that I can`t be bothered to jump through. The I o W is a very good replacement. Just need more reliable ferries.
  10. Ok what happens to people who only have the paperwork, no app nothing scanable?..A lot of French will be in that position.
  11. Doesnt paper work just as well everywhere?..I can imagine many people in France, for instance, don`t have smartphones if one at all and like here there is no requirement to own one.Then surely a glance at the paper will suffice?
  12. Yes I do remember those days Bob, although the whole money supply world has changed beyond recognition since. As for Greece, well lets say their money supply problem, wasn`t entirely of their own making according to Yannis Varoufakis. Whom I like.
  13. I think he was right but for the wrong reasons. It was to deter/stop and otherwise disrupt people from travelling outside the UK and especially for the school holidays. Once they are over I think we will see more changes. The Greek fella doesnt appear to know how the money markets actually work.
  14. I think once the school holidays are over its more likely than not that the pre departure test before returning back to the UK will be dispensed with. It was mooted about 6 weeks ago. Although, due to the dosh a lot of people are making, then they will retain the Day2 PCR test which you will have to sort out prior to your return.
  15. Just been picking up stories, from many different sources, of people who have had the test, usually, antigen before returning to the UK..So far most cases seem to relate to Spain. The `what happens next` seems to rather depend on who you are travelling with. Quite a few though have finished up in less than salubrious hotels with even worse food for 10 days until they provide `a clear` (very similar to here). Just wondering if anyone has heard of such situations in France and or what the particular arrangements are. Clearly if you have your own property less of a problem. Certainly must be an offputter for a lot of people.
  16. I suggest that is probably a very accurate reading of how things will pan out
  17. Waitrose I could inderstand but Tesco?????????????
  18. The shorter crossing with a later departure from St Malo would allow people to find overnight hotels further away from the port at reasonable costs rather than have to pay the insane prices in St Malo itself, in order to meet the earlier sailing times.
  19. Timings though may depend largely on the tides, as St Malo is a heavily tidal port.
  20. The Governments own instructions are that if someone feels they are exempt from wearing a face covering, then it is for them to exempt themselves. No one is permitted to ask why nor are you required to produce any written evidence or card https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own Up in the north near Leeds yesterday I was in Costco and at least 60% were without and the same in a large shopping centre nearby. That was of all ages and some staff as well. The centre has now removed all the previous notices, door staff and direction lanes. My local Co oP is pretty much the same as well.
  21. Indeed but raises the question, if returning from Countries they are going to ignore, why do we need to go to the trouble and expense that we are presently having to?..Keep us posted please re BF in Portsmouth.
  22. All the tests/paperwork requirements will be demanded by the carrier (air or sea) but if this story is true then from Monday they will be ignored by Border Force on arrival, in fact you will not even be asked for them.. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/20/border-officials-told-not-to-make-covid-checks-on-green-and-amber-list-arrivals Hopefully there will be someone returning to the UK later this week to confirm BF stance. Its all down to reducing the queues at immigration on return. Must have been something that could`nt hav e been foreseen eh๐Ÿ˜‚
  23. Here is the latest test requirements updated this morning, which says as long as the test complies with certain requirements it can be antigen now although you need PCR for your 2 tests on return to the UK..Hope this helps https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#type-of-test
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