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  1. Saw her in Bari in a sorry state doesn't look as she will be back in service any time soon.
  2. Very little doubt that both the Standards are slipping and the costs are rising over and above what would be considered the norm in this day and age of austerity. We too have had cabins with broken towel rails and other fittings. With no competition on the Western Channel there can be little doubt that this will continue. Most of us will have to grin and bear it to save driving time to get to the South and Western France but the company must be careful not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
  3. I am told MFL have closed the port again
  4. I agree Paul W H The more information passed on the better
  5. My biggest gripe is the cabin prices these seem to have increased by some margin. Also the cabin prices on the economy ferries hardly make the use of these services worthwhile.
  6. Has anyone got any insight as to whether this service is likely to be restarted by any company.
  7. The cabins are quite large and as comfortable as any normal ferry cabin
  8. Just seen this on Facebook interesting but quite old I think. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=703730356314074
  9. Lets all lobby for Bristol excellent motorway links albeit a bit congested in the Summer. The tidal conditions might be a problem as a local I know a little about tides but would be interested in expert opinion as to whether the Bristol Channel would be a possibility for these types of services.
  10. I was wondering where the Transmanche sisters fit into the equation re the new fuel regulations as nothing seems to have been mentioned re these two vessels. Could BF make use of these when they become available if the Newhaven service closes or are there other newer ships that could be transferred into BF service. I have never heard mention of any other types of the ships around these shores and the possibility of them being converted, these regulations must apply to them all.
  11. My main worry would be the engines rather than comfort and state of the ships themselves. The ships are well maintained and having refits regularly will help keep them in good order. However not replacing the engines now only delays this so in a few years time the costs are multiplied scrubbers now, new engines down the line at a more expensive price because of inflation and the suppliers knowing full well that BF have their hands forced. As a matter of interest what is the life of these engines the time must come when repairs are not ecconomic.
  12. Re: LD Lines Poole to Santander/Gijon (was Norman Asturais to Santander) Good luck LDOfficial I hope the routes survive in one form or another. The more choice for us UK/France/Spain regular travellers the better
  13. Is the chequered history of LD Lines seems to be finally coming to a full stop. We have used the line regularly since they came onto the scene. Sailing from Dover, Newhaven, Portsmouth and St Nazaire. They have never been the most reliable company but now it would seem they are surpassing even their record for unreliability. We were booked on the St Nazaire to Gijon route on Friday 19th September with a hotel booked en route to Southern Spain in Madrid. They contacted us to say the route was closing and I noticed that the last sailing was on the 17th I re-booked onto this. I have now been contacted telling me this ferry will not now be sailing, another en route hotel booking would have been wasted I am glad I with held booking that. Will we ever see LD lines sailing again? They sometimes made Speed Ferries look like an efficient operation.
  14. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne It will all be down to price and service in the end. One thing going for it is Boulogne sur Mer,
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