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  1. There are quite a few unbelievable and careless driving videos of Russian cars & trucks on YouTube, Viewer beware, some are quite horrendous, I drove a truck from the UK around the iron curtain some 30 years ago, a bit hairy!
  2. One of the most informative readings unfortunately its not available on Kindle for anyone contemplating a holiday read!
  3. Quite the contrary, no electric lighting, no clean water (I was having a shower at the time and ended up with brown water coming out of the shower wand) and obviously no propulsion. And no safety announcement which I questioned but got the Gallic shrug!
  4. I experienced last June, drifting with no engine power for about 20 plus minutes on board the Pont Aven whilst within the Bay of Biscay.
  5. The BA Crew on the Malaga route originate from Scotland (Edinburgh?), they always seem very happy, yes we still get free food and drinks and it's operated by BA City Flyer. Though I do prefer the Pont or Cap for my journeys, so peaceful and comfortable.
  6. I fly to Malaga regularly using British Airways from London City Airport and twice yearly Brittany Ferries to Santander/Bilbao. I cannot fault British Airways flying from LCY and Malaga. I also endorse the high standard of BF's customer service. Thats a win win! 🛳 ✈️
  7. Interesting article on FB regarding this mystery ferry co https://www.facebook.com/groups/963579693754088/permalink/1793471127431603/
  8. Sounds like logistical support for a rather large man in a red coat who has a sleigh pulled by reindeer! (He is real, isn't he?)
  9. merc

    BF survey

    London City to Malaga and return for two people is 20,000 avois points + £60.00 tax.
  10. I agree, when BF introduced the Pont Aven, an around one or two hour departure delay on a Portsmouth Spain voyage would have been made up (subject to weather conditions), these days there doesn't seem to be such an inertia to make up lost time. But, it's worth mentioning, I've been looking back at my old BF Santander bookings and BF have done extremely well at keeping the travel cost down. So they must have quote : realised how much money was going up the funnel !
  11. Customs transit seals are one thing but are not intended to "lock" a trailer/truck cargo door. There are armoured padlocks costing around £50 that are immune to bolt croppers.
  12. Regretfully, I have agree with the consensus that the standard of cabin cleanliness has dropped over the recent years. But, like most contracted out operations, standards are determined by the contracted £ rate paid. Though, bearing that in mind, at over £500 for just two nights accommodation in a De-luxe or Commodore cabin on the Spanish routes in high season, BF need to look at companies like Melia and compare customer standards.
  13. merc

    Pont Aven Commodore

    I've never found the Commodore lounge very inviting, though the coffee is good ☕
  14. I sampled the IPA you mentioned on the PA, enjoyed 3 pints and then realised its over 6% 😊 🍺
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