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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks Ed, You spend too much time on here! ... must be in between jobs. Logically I thought it would be in the Galicia thread!.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I wish I shared Mr Wonnacott's trust in HMG. Are you serious Straightfeed?
  10. 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!
  11. You have to feel sorry for the BF team in Germany, who believed it was going to be a short assignment!. Hope they get home often.
  12. To stop any arguments I shall call it an It, ships in France are male. Just like the big Lizzie If it spends anymore time idling in the Flensburg Fiord it will need a dry dock and clean during its first year in service😂.
  13. Sorry Neil but Mr BF, aka Andy announced this a long time ago Here
  14. Thanks Penlan I’m very sad to say, your post explains, .... no confirms a lot..
  15. We travel through Ouistreham regularly and we can confirm the “Immigrants” are less of a problem than they used to be, not that we have ever experienced any problems with them, they can still be seen in the camp outside the Camping, there is still Gendarmerie presence but these seem to be the local ones and not the mobile ( go anywhere ones) . The Lorry checking area is now segregated from the car queue area by a security fence. You will probably find much longer queues, so not a smooth port Transit, but better than PIP, all passport are now checked In and out of France by the Douanes, who seem like a friendly bunch, especially the black spaniel sometimes seen!. hope you enjoy your trip.
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