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  1. On the seemingly odd occasion which happened to be coincidentally the two times I went on Bretagne on a Sunday night ever, she has been on Berth 3 and Cap Finistere has been on Berth 4. I guessing that when it happened, Mont St Michel would have been on Berth 3 and Etretat on Berth 2.
  2. As I suggested up thread, I feel like it will be a two-ship service to Le Havre next year. It makes no sense to have two sailings per day in Jan/Feb and then only a daily (roughly) daily service the rest of the year.
  3. Some initial obsevations/interesting deployments : Connemara will cover Barfleur's refit in December Cap Finistere will be serving Le Havre twice a week in Nov/Dec. Etretat and Connemara will both operate to Le Havre in Jan/Feb before Connemara replaces BDS. Perhaps the plan will be that once Honfleur arrives, both Normandie and Etretat will operate together to Le Havre? Bretagne coming back in January to cover Pont-Aven's engine replacement Armorique to cover Mont St Michel as expected
  4. No I don't think it would be double-deck. Bretagne 2 in my eyes would have: Decks 2, 3 & 4 as vehicle decks and very similarly designed to Pont-Aven's vehicle decks Decks 5, 8 & 9 as cabin decks ensuring there is plenty of cabins Decks 6 & 7 as passenger decks similarly designed to Armorique's (i.e. plenty of lounges) except it would be longer and include an a la carte restaurant and large show lounge/bar
  5. I am a bit lost... The article suggests that the new ship will replace Connemara, and Connemara will move to Le Havre. But won't Normandie be on Le Havre with the delivery of Honfleur? I am assuming Baie de Seine is leaving the fleet and will Etretat take her place? Weren't there suggestions Etretat would also be leaving the fleet once Honfleur arrives?
  6. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    Beings as she currently wears the one window stripe look, I cannot see her looking too dramatically different.
  7. Interesting. I was under the illusion they'd fit in Le Havre. I am sure you've mentioned before, but can you remind us the maximum length that can fit in Roscoff and Le Havre? Going back to the drawing board, I have come to the same conclusion. They're sister ships so they are no different in capacity and therefore no problem in a three-week timetable. Say one leaves Portsmouth on a Monday at 10:00. If they are slower than Baie de Seine, they'll arrive evening time say 17:00/18:00. Their return will no doubt have to be two nights without unsocial arrivals so they are back Thursday morning in time to pick up a 10:00 again. In the meantime, the other two can leave 10:00 Tuesday and Wednesday and there you have daily sailings. Customers will appreciate consistent timings. They'll just have to establish what sailings go to Santander and which to Bilbao, the same time every week? Or one of the three serves Santander whilst the other serves Bilbao? I am sure they'll still run Pont-Aven from Portsmouth for those who want a quicker sailing. That'll be then 8 Spanish sailings from Portsmouth and 1 from Plymouth which in the scheme of things works quite nicely.
  8. I have recently been thinking about how the Spanish timetable might look once the E-Flexers arrive. Cap Finistere presently operates three crossings per week, she is however a faster vessel. Is it unrealistic to think the E-Flexer can match her current timetable? Meanwhile, Baie de Seine's timetable involves a lot of time in port and I don't think BF really want their brand new vessels sitting around for hours. Not entirely sure what frequency BF really want on the Spanish crossings. I have thought up a timetable which would involve all three E-flexers operating the same schedule on different days on the Portsmouth-Spain and Portsmouth-Le Havre routes. In this scenario, Pont-Aven would stay put and Cap Finistere would replace Connemara. Day 1 : 10:30-13:00 Portsmouth to Spain Day 2 : 15:30-18:00 Spain to Portsmouth Day 3 : 22:30-08:30 Portsmouth to Le Havre Day 4 : 12:00-18:30 Le Havre to Portsmouth / 21:00-07:00 Portsmouth to Spain (No stop at Roscoff) Day 5 : At Sea Day 6 : 09:30-12:00 Spain to Portsmouth Day 7 : 14:30-20:30 Portsmouth to Le Havre / 23:00-08:00 Le Havre to Portsmouth (All times GMT) Galicia would start Day 1 on Tuesday, Salamanca would start Day 1 on Wednesday and the 3rd vessel on Thursday. With 6 return crossings on the Le Havre route, Normandie could be sold. The only issue is the lack of any sailing on the seventh day. Thoughts?
  9. Not a fan of the GNV livery. Obviously the logo is very blue but it leaves the rest of the ship looking very bare. It works better on the newer ships. But I could also say that about the new BF livery 😂
  10. I think Pont-Aven did one leg as a day crossing during her first season (2004)
  11. Ahh okay, I take it then that the e-flexer won't fit into Roscoff... So is your thinking that: all three e-flexer's on UK-Spain as well as Pont-Aven? If that's the case, my idea can be revised with Cap Finistere used instead of the e-flexer. I don't see BF being able to get a 4th myself.
  12. Maybe this is the answer to the deployment of BF's third e-flexer? As the e-flexer can fit in Rosslare but not Cork, perhaps it is planned that this vessel will run Connemara's rotations but out of Rosslare. Deployment has not been revealed because an agreement hasn't been put in place or they wanted to remain hush?
  13. What interesting news! I was surprised when BF opted for a second. Now a third! I think the reason they haven't mentioned deployment is because they are still waiting to see how the Cork-Roscoff/Santander operation does in the next couple of years, as it has only been running a year after all. Perhaps they'll have this third vessel on UK-Spain with Galicia transferred after two years to the Irish operations - as Galicia won't be LNG. With this development, I think they will sell Cap Finistere. Although the Le Havre suggestion does seem a good idea!
  14. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    With the new look, they appear to be refreshing the look the ship guide leaflets. Bretagne's has already updated featuring a photo shopped image in her new livery. https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/sites/default/files/2019-03/Bretagne Ship Guide 15-03-19.pdf
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