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  1. I have seen porpoises / dolphins in Portsmouth Harbour. Real ones. Perhaps the port could offer cheaper parking to visit as the car park is extortionate...
  2. We have had very few winter storms so far".......... looks fairly chunky!!
  3. The Cap is the better sea boat and probably feels less busy. I also think the berths on the Pont (unless you are paying for deluxe or better) - are poor. The Baie was a popular boat on her runs to Denmark. As a good night's sleep is my preference to listening to a band for a few hours or playing bingo...
  4. Arrival time in port and the resultant travel time left? So if you arrive in Caen at 6.30 am you can share the driving and push on, similarly arriving in St.Malo around 8.30 you have all day to get somewhere? Many Gites don't want you turning up past 6pm from my experience,... also Portsmouth doesn't allow arrivals much before 6am so the earliest you are going to get a ferry away is 7.30 if it has arrived from somewhere else. With a realistic local arrival time of 14.00 that doesn't leave very long. If you ran a night boat to Cherbourg what would be the point, you could be that much furthe
  5. Not a BA aircraft, but a South African 737 of Comair operating as a BA Franchise.... I am sur Martin Louw would not be very happy with you describing him as not having a clue.... clip here Landing aborted due to wind sheer being experienced....
  6. So the Mail ship has further reprieve, too. I wonder if Comair (The BA franchise) will go for it or not. I am guessing it is a long diversion if there is wind sheer...
  7. Well we tend to turn up around 30 mins before departure at the checkin booth and have always had an easy time. Only time we have to hang around is when we turn up early.....
  8. A softer option might be a one -way positioning cruise. A ten day cruise can be had for £550 (for an inside cabin next to the engine room probably) but I have seen midship balcony cabins for around £800. Typically from Miami or FLL to the Med. Cheap flights available on Norwegian airlines. Just keep a low profile, stay away from the bars / casinos / shows. The ships are often far from full.... https://res.vivavoyage.co.uk/web/cruises/category.aspx?brn=0.835572746971423a660a9bf6b424bf389e7b42e087891df101869
  9. ac freeman. You have to keep an eye out on the Virgin trains web site. There is a flash sale on at the moment and it was offering me 1st class from King's cross to Aberdeen..... you have to click the sale fares link otherwise it does not always show you the sale fares.... This link will work until tonight...https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/special-offers/deals/new-year-offer/
  10. Includes an engine room visit of a cruise ship?? Did they mean a cruise ferry?
  11. BF did offer one last year and I posted about it. The advert was in French..... http://bfenthusiasts.com/forum/forum/brittany-ferries-forums/the-news-board/261957-possibility-of-behind-the-scenes-on-the-mighty-mont-st-michael
  12. Yes, but a long time ago now. 1991 on the Duc. They do still happen tho' as I have a French friend who lives near St. Malo and he has posted recent pictures of a bridge and Engine room visit on the Bretagne.... might be worth a letter to Customer Services...
  13. I don't want robot bar tenders. I do like quiet comfortable cabins that don't rattle and creak..... hence the mentioning of the Stena and Fjord line ships. Stena have a catered /plated way of serving food a bit like on an aircraft.... doesn't excite me at all.....
  14. Yes, significantly if you travel on ships like the Stena Hollandica or either of the LNG powered FJord line ships.
  15. Fjord line from Norway to Denmark on their dreamy LNG twins. It would be great if BF could do something similar.... Happy Mew year to all....
  16. The PO ferry pride of Kent was fitted with scrubbers...... not sure if they were removed? As regards the Bretagne, as long as she is safe Then long may she continue tho' her loading and unloading can be painful....
  17. The ports have not been developed for anything other than free movement of traffic. There is not enough room to keep all the passengers waiting. Back in the late 1980s every car driver was spoken to by IND (Immigration) - and then by HMC&E with a fair few number of vehicles searched. But the ferries were much smaller. A typical load at Newhaven would have been 200 cars, 12 lorries and unaccompanied trailers. Compare that to the Mont St. Michel.!!! Light touch Customs controls came in on the 1st January 1993 (blue channel) All lorries had to have full import and export papers which were
  18. Oban, particularly in good light and dolphins playing around - as it was in October! Dieppe -inner harbour, St. Malo, and St. Mary's on the Isles of Scilly.
  19. I was in Mull in October. Fabulous!! Tried all the ferries out too! Found the Isle of Mull like a mini old fashioned cross channel ship in many ways. Glad to see she was built here! One important thing to note is the introduction of the RET -Road equivalent tariff, which has seen the cost on many routes halve. Thanks for posting
  20. http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/events/st-malo Yes a steak should be available in the self service but my experience of it has been very mixed, from excellent to not good at all. Gammon was good recently.
  21. It's slightly quicker for freight from Bristolm to Poole than Bristol to Plymouth..... obviously the final destination is important!!
  22. Just be selective about cabin location....
  23. Skipcool3

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    I can read solo. And having had to drive from Brest to Calais in the strike, Dieppe is not that far.... but you pays your money and takes your choice...
  24. Skipcool3

    prices 2017

    A friend of mine has a property near Jurgon les lacs not far from Dinan. He catches the Newhaven Friday night ferry and is in his house before the Bretagne has tied up in St. Malo....
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