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  1. We boarded through the bow doors at Portsmouth. Ramps are much wider than the Cap and Pont. We parked on a suspended car deck. (Deck 6) with lorries and motorhomes parked on deck 5. I was amazed with the available room. They did have an issue lowering deck 6 at Santander (I think someone forgot to read the manual) but we didn’t see any issues with campers.
  2. The Galicia is better than the Cap ... and I have always been impressed with the Cap. The only negative with Galicia is her inability to outrun storms. I’ve been on the Cap a few times when she has been doing 29knts to outrun a December storm. Also the Cap has the restaurant midship while the Galicia has it over the bow... I was always told low and midship was the best place to be on a lumpy crossing.
  3. I didn’t get outside ... it was a tad cold in Portsmouth when we departed and movement were restricted on the next day. She is much wider than the Cap and feels to have more random seating than the Pont. I don’t miss the lack of a show bar as it isn’t my thing.
  4. Just to reaffirm ... I do like the new ship and the new ship smell was lovely. One embarrassing thing they did forget in reception was a collection thing for the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer. I give monthly to the RNLI and want to give to their poorer cousin when I travel with BF. I think I will find one on my return leg.
  5. Because it is a value proposition and considering you can charge your car at your supermarket people will expect the capability. Like it or not we are moving to a EV society over the next 10 to 15 years. At the moment it is difficult to charge the car at the port while the Channel Tunnel has banks of Super Chargers. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it should be free but when your car is basically sat on a rather large mobile electricity generation plant it seems daft not to. Considering how many containers are plugged in for the crossing... how hard can it be to extend the infrastructure.
  6. A friend has just got a model 3 on lease ... I will have to see how he gets on. At the moment, my 3.5L V6 Hybrid manages 48MPG on the motorway so not in a massive rush to change, especially as I managed to do the 800KM from Santander to my place on a single tank. Also with an EV, how are you supposed to have fun in that tunnel near Bilbao?
  7. Now that is good news. All I need now is a EV with 300+ mile range and I'm happy. Wait a sec ... my village in Spain has no chargers LOL
  8. I still cannot believe a brand new ferry does not have any EV charging points. Considering the expected life of the ship, it seems a missed opportunity. I believe Irish Ferries have a few onboard and do not even charge customers to use them. I cannot believe on a 24hr crossing it will require that much power.
  9. To be fair I don't think the Thursday sailing from Portsmouth to Santander is the best timing. You end up spending the whole of the second day in the Bay of Biscay and that can be evil in the middle of summer. I must prefer when you leave Portsmouth at about 1pm, and sleep through a large part of The Bay.
  10. I think you make some excellent points. I am amazed how many people stay up drinking until after midnight and jump into car. My personal habit... on a 24 hour crossing, I will stop drinking at 10pm if it is a 9am start. Also not having the best sea legs ... being drunk on a lumpy crossing is a recipe for diester. On the St Malo overnighter ... I drink very little.
  11. Except on deck 6 you only have Green and Blue 🙂
  12. BF basically asked if you had a certificate ... they had no interest in looking at it. I think one of the massive positive of North Sea Ferries is that you can board a few hours before departure. Usually on BF I can finish off a bottle of wine before we leave port... thinking out it... we did depart late and I might have finished the bottle before we hit the Channel. The best thing about this crossing was the new ship smell 🙂 I like the design of the ship. She is very bright with lots of open space. She has been fitted out to a high standard. I was surprised all the tv scr
  13. On the 10th December, I travelled from Portsmouth to Santander on-board Galicia. Here are my thoughts about the new ferry. Boarding felt like a disaster. I think this is the first ferry I have travelled on for which you have to wait for the large majority of the freight traffic to board before the cars. From the check-in booth to boarding took about 90 minutes. Over the summer, I travelled to Rotterdam on North Sea Ferries and being able to access the car deck from a dedicated ramp seemed much more efficient. It never felt this bad on the Pont or the Cap. The first thing I did notic
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