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  1. I take it there must be a good reason why Barfleur isn't diverted to Portsmouth during bad weather. Berth availability? It's a shame the Southampton International ferry port is no longer there. Would be 20 minutes home for me.
  2. Barfleur and Normandie Express have been cancelled. I was booked on Barfleur Cherbourg-Portsmouth tomorrow. BF tried to rebook me onto Caen-Portsmouth, but given the forecast it doesn't sound too pleasant out there, so have got a refund and booked onto Eurotunnel instead. Both my outward and return legs have been affected by weather for this year's summer trip. Not what you expect for July/August. Not the fault of BF, I blame climate change.
  3. 3 of us travelled, including a 2 year old. Had managed to secure a commodore cabin on the way out (day crossing)- We were met at the end of the corridor and escorted there by a steward- well worth it- complimentary breakfast, plenty of space and a big TV for the boy (glad we'd brought Peppa DVDs!)- he also enjoyed the soft play upstairs, although he's the sociable type and we seemed to be the only ones on board with a preschooler, so didn't spend as much time in there as we had anticipated. A good meal in the self-service, but sadly lacking in any high chairs- we had to get one from the cafe upstairs. On time arrival, and pretty swiftly off on our way as the sailing was fairly lightly loaded. On the way back, we had an outside cabin (too late booking to get a Commodore) for the evening sailing. The booked cot wasn't there, but this was dealt with very efficiently by the onboard team. Much more time spent in soft play, as there were many more kids onboard- although I do wonder why someone had though the perfect place to try and sleep was in a chair with their head leaning against one of the doors into the childrens play area, and tutting every time someone went in. They were there the entire crossing! Very good pizza from the cafe on deck 8. The boy went down well in his cot at 6.30, but so did we next to him! We were all woken up by the cabin vacation announcement, seemed like a very quick journey. I think we'll settle for this route as our way across- whilst I think Barfleur has character, the facilities simply don't cut it, and Bretagne is getting a little aged. We've yet to sample the Normandie- it's just the way things have worked out, but maybe next year....
  4. Wonderful. Thank you. The reason we've not booked the Barfleur this time is the lack of anything for toddlers- he's a bit young for colouring/drawing. The soft play on Bretagne is much smaller than this, and he'd have stayed on there the entire crossing if I'd let him.
  5. Wonderful. Thank you. The reason we've not booked the Barfleur this time is the lack of anything for toddlers- he's a bit young for colouring/drawing. The soft play on Bretagne is much smaller than this, and he'd have stayed on there the entire crossing if I'd let him.
  6. Many thanks. I'm not sure that the images are of MSM though- it looks identical to the play area on the virtual tour of Pont Aven- I may be wrong of course, and they've bought a job lot of the same equipment! http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/fleet/cruise-ferries/pont-aven/virtual-tour
  7. Many thanks. I'm not sure that the images are of MSM though- it looks identical to the play area on the virtual tour of Pont Aven- I may be wrong of course, and they've bought a job lot of the same equipment! http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/fleet/cruise-ferries/pont-aven/virtual-tour
  8. Just booked a return on the MSM for September- taking the boy (2 years old)- does the MSM's playroom have a soft play area like Bretagne? If not, I'll need to download extra episodes of Peppa & Thomas to the laptop before we go!
  9. Just booked a return on the MSM for September- taking the boy (2 years old)- does the MSM's playroom have a soft play area like Bretagne? If not, I'll need to download extra episodes of Peppa & Thomas to the laptop before we go!
  10. All's well that ends well. Docked at 14:45 (GMT) almost to the second, 15 minute delayed offloading due to waiting for the dockers to come off strike. Large queue for passport checks though, but given the current climate to be expected. Having seen the forecast for the next 24 hours, I'm glad we chose the other side of the Easter weekend to travel- the Channel was like a millpond.
  11. It's really sod's law- I deliberately avoided Caen after last year's debacle, and saw Cherbourg as "safe" given that it seemed to be the port of choice for diversions. Whoever runs BF's twitter feed is on the ball though- a concise reply that answered why the Poole departure was still the same time- apparently an hour late is the worst case scenario, and they hope to actually arrive nearer the adverised time.
  12. Just had an email from BF- my Barfleur crossing on Thursday from Poole is arriving an hour later due to "Industrial Action". Not leaving any later though, sadly, so no lie-in. Last time BF told me I'd be delayed by an hour, it was nearer 5 hours. Honestly, every time I travel on BF there's a ruddy strike. Sort out the industrial relations!!! (or Condor sort out your boat so I have a viable alternative!)
  13. Thanks for all the replies. Give him a soft play area and he'll be happy. I think I'll go ahead and book. It's much cheaper than the overnight too- Bretagne is £300+cabin the day we want to travel. £149 for Barfleur- we can get a good hotel mid France with the difference!
  14. We're planning our next trip to France, with our little boy (he'll be 20 months when we travel)- last time we crossed overnight on Bretagne, and let him sleep his way across, but we're thinking of risking a daytime crossing with him this time. We'd be going on Barfleur from Poole during the day- what sort of kids play facilities does she have? I can only find images for Mont St. Michel (which looks very good) I'm thinking ahead with some trepidation how I'll keep a very active youngster occupied for 4 hours.... (although we'll certainly book a cabin for naps!) TIA
  15. But at least they have to abide by UK strike laws ie give a bit of notice.
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