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  1. Since my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer I have not posted on the forum, with news like that BFE and even the French home we made and love seem somehow less important. However moved by this post and encouraged by Mrs Allee I would like to say this. As a constituent of this MP, it’s nice to see her getting involved with local issues from her Yorkshire home, the tweet is made in her capacity Secretary of State for European Neighbourhood, A fact that we find Hilarious as it’s quite clear from every piece of correspondence between Mrs A and Ms Morton, she wants nothing at all to do with Europe ever! Please please BF give her a ferry ticket for this publicity she’s given you, preferably one way one, so that Aldridge Brownhills is rid of her forever.
  2. Cabin-boy that’s really good coming from you.🤣😂 Never realised Anjou days were so busy!
  3. Apologies for taking this off the original topic .... Actually over time club voyage benefits are/have been reducing, it used to be that an acte de vente copy was required to join, ( then the property owners club). When we actually got ours we found that it wasn’t needed after all, even though it was still called the property owners club. That had not been the case for some time, No CV discount is offered on a dog cabin for instance. The actual real cost of membership will soon double as those who were associate members now have to pay the full price. Apparently due European data protection rules, Strange how in the U.K. exactly the same reason given for not being able to see my smart meter data until almost a week has elapsed , yet in France data is available daily. Go figure and another subject, actually Data protection is just a jolly good BF excuse to make more money. In the event of Brexit, goods which currently travel on the land bridge to Ireland are going to go direct, that’s why the I in BAI is suddenly so important. It’s just simpler from a paperwork point of view, you don’t need the export department of old to tick the boxes. Gourvennec ‘s dream was not a holiday company it was a means to get his goods to the market in good shape. Holidays are and were a secondary operation, opening up Caen a Normandie initiative ? changed all that, but still the lorry decks is full of fruit from Spain. And lorry cabs going to Leyland.
  4. When in France, we live less than 30 miles from Ouistreham, in the UK not far from Brum, In high summer taking into consideration The Use of Toll motorways and the inevitable Pont de Normandie, petrol bought in France. It’s cheaper and certainly more cost effective time wise to use the Tunnel, and it’s impossible to be jammed in, even if we are parked near the toilet it’s better than having car alarms going off less than 20ft away from your ear. And our dog enjoys the people who come to see us, that is if we can get her out of her boot prison , but having been caught by 5his once, we now ensure she can join us. Problem is when you buy a property in France, you buy into the method to get to it too . BF know this (club voyage after all was the property owners club was’nt it?) and just take people like us for granted, as retirees we have a certain budget, beyond which we just cannot afford to go. So we have no choice to travel more selectively and post Brexit agreements permitting stay longer in France . Brexit and BF pricing permitting we hope we will be allowed to still visit the area we have grown to love and which we call home, in France. Nobody on this Forum seems to realise or care about the huge rise in cabin costs next year, instead they have majored on the rise in deposit costs. Look again folks and enjoy your once a year trip on the channels best operator alledgedly.! BF’s business model is changing, witness this the percentage of the total fleet engaged in Ireland-Europe and not U.K.-Europe crossings of history passed. Interesting Times!
  5. Surely it depends where the “officer loading” the ship puts you, it’s a lottery! The advantage is that on the so described “narrow” side lanes of Normandie it is only ever actually possible to fit 2 widths of cars, 1 in some places whereas on the MSM, particularly on a Friday night ex Portsmouth you are really lucky to be able to leave your vehicle, and lane spacing that pedestrians with bags full of sleeping devices can scratch a clean car, whereas if it’s dirty they will be more careful. The pertinent standard excuse is that ENCAP standards have led to wider door cross sections, 2 door cars have longer doors by design. Which again makes for even more difficulty opening wide enough to get out. My wife came last year and was obliged to exit the car through the passenger door, on a mezz deck. While below the 2/3rds of the Non mezz deck Below was empty of vehicles. The excuse for that is that it’s a very difficult job to load a ferry.... Apparently. Even if you declare yourself disabled (9P or 9C) in order to have more room, based on recent experience you are liable to have to contend with an having to cross an incoming line of still moving traffic before reaching a lift. That together with a reallocated cabin position courtesy of CS which is even further away from where your car may be parked than your original one allocated by the booking engine, dependant on which lift the loading officer chooses to park you “near”. Makes that approach even more of a lottery. All these things are part and parcel of the BF travelling experience. Of all the ships of the fleet Armorique which has no mezz deck is the best. Though we have have only travelled on it when it acts as replacement for the Caen ships in the winter. and not a summer “charge em loads and cram em in” crossing. We hope that Honfleur learns from this design innovation but I fear I may we may be very very disappointed. Rant over. My advice, consider the Tunnel if the economics makes sense, use that.
  6. I rented a van in the U.K. recently and it was a must. More important that my licence which is of the green variety! At least the IDP has a picture. The credit card was important too!. Enjoy!
  7. I agree, the Post office desk staff seemed to be convinced that Brexit date has already been extended! Back in day, when such people were “civil servants” and not employees of a PLC. I’m sure they would have been better “Officially” informed. We could be halfway to France before we know if we do or don’t need IDP’s, and as we plan to stay till late November, we could not risk it any longer.
  8. We just went and obtained our IDP’s from the post office in Petersfield, where we are staying overnight before crossing tomorrow. We were surprised to be told if we were travelling to Spain then the IDP required is a different document to the one for France. That would make it very difficult in the event of Brexit if you got on a Ferry to Spain and ended up in Brest, as has happened in the past...
  9. Well... Our experience is the lead passenger name is fine, except when Pierre Edant is on check in , when of course even your mothers maiden name, your blood group, and your inside leg measurement would not be enough I was once told by a member of Normandies crew, the guy on the who makes the announcements at reception (most are ladies) that "we (BF) should treat all customers equally" and i always remember that, its a great ideal but not always the case, in many ways.
  10. Thanks Ed, You spend too much time on here! ... must be in between jobs. Logically I thought it would be in the Galicia thread!.
  11. According to the pictures from China on the latest Club Voyage email, Galicia’s home port is Portsmouth. Surely that’s a first for a BF ship? (Truckline fleet excepted) British crew? Strange though, to have a port “d’attache Anglais” with a “nom Espagnol”, how very European, interesting times we live in. Hope the French unions have been consulted.
  12. If the website can’t cope with the current 1 level of ticket. How the hell is it going to cope when, for each prospective booking there are three level of tickets? BF better get recruiting CS staff, they are going to need them.
  13. Fares are always cheaper outside school holidays and summer. Service is also reduced, the staff even use “c’est l’Hiver “ as an excuse. But when has BF ever reduced it prices? The poor Farmers of St Pol need to make a profit after all. Anyway time will tell.
  14. I wish I shared Mr Wonnacott's trust in HMG. Are you serious Straightfeed?
  15. Ed you could be correct, We traveled back from the bubble yesterday (Fri 27th AM on Normandie) there is a dredger Christohorus, working in Ouisterham, that's not unusual in itself as it is quite often seen in the channel but it seemed to have a flotilla of support vessel around it and was working very close to quays/ dock wall, on the sea side of the ramp. I would guess its carrying out Pre Honfleur works. it made for an interesting departure. there is also a crane working on the Quayside not far from the Paul Spriet Quay, which may have been working on removing that (the old original berth) it was early so day worker were still probably having a pre work coffee or maybe just too windy to operate. Our arrival into PIP was eventful, we were delayed holding station between Southsea and Spitbank fort. While a Maersk Banana boat came through the harbour mouth, but that delay for which one the more human, rather that Robotic members of Captain Fleurie's crew apologised. That delay was nothing as after the ship was moored up and some vehicles from deck 6 were disembarked, Disembarkation was stopped, The loading bridge was raised again and the boat was re positioned, All of which was accompanied by the normal BF Mushroom management. The loading bridge was then re lowered and the remaining vehicles from deck 6 and deck 5 were allowed off. The usual choreographed chaos ensued once off the loading bridge and ramp, however once we were clear of the by now long queues of embarking vehicles, luckily we spotted a Border Force booth with no Queue, a very rare event at Portsmouth and made a beeline for it. Having given our canine her customary post ferry exercise in Port Solent we made it to Langrish in time for Schools out to meet our Granddaughter from School which was a special surprise for her. with the chaos of the day we thought we would never make it!
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