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  1. I had the e-mail on the 7th Oct but not a lot of good when sailings from Plymouth only start the week before the offer ends.
  2. We've had to supply advance passenger details for some time or are they asking for extra Covid details?
  3. Looking hopefully, if the Arm ends the St Malo run 8th Feb does it give us a chance of getting her back in Plymouth for Feb half term?
  4. No difference weather wise between the two. I think Bilbao normally closes for a period in the Winter.
  5. Basically all down to build quality and some funny design points, have BF jumped in too quick before seeing the quality? What are the other Stena ships like? Are they the same?
  6. They are due to start on the other side on Tuesday. The opening up as also been put back to today instead of yesterday.
  7. In Cornwall a lot moved to Friday because travelling on Saturdays was near impossible now it's bad on Fridays as well, this year it's bad every day. As Hermit says it allows cleaning staff extra days to get changeovers done.
  8. I think that's the answer, they don't want people to travel but get clobbered if they come out and say it.
  9. Just did a quick check. Holyhead to IOM 64 ml. Holyhead Dublin 75 ml. So not a lot of difference when you half those distances for distance from land, specially as she did not take a straight line to IOM but went further to the west.
  10. That shows that the last trip from Cherbourg she took a funny course as well, the crossing this time is certainly different to normal. Looking at the Holyhead to Dublin route, what was gained? Going north she was virtually as far from land as she would be going straight across or for some reason did they want to stay in British waters for longer?
  11. How could there be 18 months difference between issue and expiry dates, you can only apply 9 months early? So if 18 months left to expiry they should have 9 months usable. I need to renew ours but have waited as we don't need them this year, so need to make the date as late as possible.
  12. Time to resurrect this thread, it's supposed to start in September. https://northafricapost.com/51511-51511.html
  13. Arrive as early as you can and spend the day in the city or on the Beach. Check in used to open in the morning, presume it's still the same.
  14. Mine was renewed Jan 2020 and now shows Aug 31st, so 7 months extra any more would be welcome. I got to use it once, a 24hr trip right before the first lockdown.
  15. I think people are still missing the point, Vaccine certificates are a way for the Government to twist the arm of mainly younger people to get the Vaccine.
  16. I think the PA was designed to fit Plymouth and Roscoff, knowing what they do now with longer ferries fitting both ports, do they wish now that she had a better longer bow. The only possible problem if she was longer would be Cork.
  17. You have to remember, those making the rules always fly first class, normally at our expense and wouldn't even think about us using ferries.
  18. I agree with much of what you say Barry, the only thing when the state ran things service also gradually went, the Workers and the Management all thought I'm alright there was no incentive to improve. With privatisation it's gradually gone the same way, a few mega "services" firms, Serco etc, get all the contracts there's no real competition and they squeeze the smaller firms who actually do the work, like Supermarkets squeeze suppliers. As for the armed forces it's only when something goes wrong that people realise that they need them, example when that dam was collapsing a couple of years ago who was called in? The Army Engineers.
  19. Sad that we say modern ships breakdown more, same as cars, I think it's more a case that when something goes wrong it needs a computer engineer instead of a man with a spanner. Lack of resilience comes from having less larger vessels, which cuts down the frequency of service as well but looks good on paper, less running expenses.
  20. There are three threads on here about services not running as they should be IOW ferries, Condor ferries and Calmac, what is going on with these companies that they can't keep their services running properly? I don't use any of them but I feel sorry for the people and businesses that rely on them. Do they all think they have a captive market, is it bad management or lack of investment, although even where there's been investment there seems to be problems.
  21. Yes he's in hospital but moved to a private room so he can have visitors. Wortley she's had her jabs but even then you still need to isolate, until they dream up new rules next week.
  22. I have a cousin who is in the last stages of Cancer, we're just waiting for the phone call, his sister lives in France and has spend the last week in conversation with the Government to get exemption on compassionate grounds, as is allowed but she's been turned down. The way it's going she needs to start planning to get here for his funeral. As you would expect she's upset and frustrated.
  23. I think that's the point most people miss, by making people have the vaccine in a backhanded way.
  24. To sum up these high speed vessels are not really suitable for a year round service to the islands.
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