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colinschandler

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  1. A few years back as we entered Roscoff for an afternoon crossing, the Gendarmes had set up a checkpoint on the entrance slip road, checking all driving licences and breathalyzing all drivers. I guess they were looking for Brits who had overdone the wine with their pre-voyage meal in a Roscoff restaurant. I blew zero saving my alcohol consumption to complement the on board meal. Never seen this again though, however these days there are always some Gendarme wandering around the check-in queues giving everyone the evil eye.which is reassuring.,
  2. I HAVE resd the thread and I agrree that reading the thread, many have warmed to her, Ail said was that after some absence from BFE, I found a thread with the words "Hate" Armorique in it.
  3. I had given the BFE site a winter holiday, but as we are just about to take our first 2017 trip is this Sunday night I decided to come back to the fold. (we go back Friday Chris so will see you at least a couple of visits!) What do I find? a "Hate" Armorique post, but i guess it helps take the heat off of Barfleur. When we first met Armorique on her maiden voyage - with a free glass of champers courtesy BF! we obviously found her different from what had gone before.. We have however grown to like or even love her on well over 100 crossings since. She was after all only the second BF ship specifically designed for a route - Ply-Rosc and she serves the route well, Bretagne having been built for Ply-Spain. Rather than list her shortcomings, I prefer to list her positives: 1. Easy loading and unloading. 2. Enough seats in the public areas for everyone 3. Excellent quiet cabins. 4. A quiet/reading room with its very comfortable new seats, with minimal through traffic and free from unruly school parties (from either side of the channel!) 5. An excellent choice of self service food options and you can choose to have your main and desert served at table. It is not chips with everything, it is just when you ask for Steak, the chef automaticaliy assumes the default UK choice " How do you want it, medium or well done? with chips? - Try "Blue with dauphinoise and ratatouille" you will bring a smile to a poor French chel's face. 6. But last and most importantly, and I don't think I've seen it mentioned before- In our opinion the best seakeeper in the fleet. I guess she is always going to be a bit like Marmite! But then let's face it, she a 6 hour cross channel car ferry, if you want fine dining in your tuxedo go Cunard.
  4. Only way that I could seem to be able to post on my Samsung. Helicopter now on armoric for a security exercise
  5. Could not have even used a "man engine" like the old Cornish tinners!
  6. Guess that is what happens when you try to re brand an old truck line freight ferry as a "cruise ferry ",. Bring it on Armorique!
  7. We/ve admired the building when entering the port. Menu looks great, must give it a try before we embark on our next trip.
  8. We/ve admired the building when entering the port. Menu looks great, must give it a try before we embark on our next trip.
  9. I agree 110%. It is so frustrating when you get to the "PRICE" page and you want to say change the type of cabin, that you then have to start al over again. Other travel booking sites have had a "back" option for many years. BF are very much way behind the times in this area. As others have said also the new site is far too clunky having to scroll down from "Out" to "Return" journeys. I do not wish to change my browser settings just to make BF more readable.
  10. I agree 110%. It is so frustrating when you get to the "PRICE" page and you want to say change the type of cabin, that you then have to start al over again. Other travel booking sites have had a "back" option for many years. BF are very much way behind the times in this area. As others have said also the new site is far too clunky having to scroll down from "Out" to "Return" journeys. I do not wish to change my browser settings just to make BF more readable.
  11. Just a thought. Had BF kept the Pont L'Abbe, I wonder what her scubberised funnel have looked like?
  12. Just a thought. Had BF kept the Pont L'Abbe, I wonder what her scubberised funnel have looked like?
  13. Yes, sadly I believe that it has really spoilt her fIne lines. Unlike the Arm who we are currently sunning ourselves on protected from the breeze by her lovely new full width funnel
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