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  1. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    Well it appears photoshopped versions of MSM, Barfleur and Normandie Express (who have yet to be officially reliveried) have appeared on the website See https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/cruise-ferries/mont-st-michel https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/cruise-ferries/barfleur https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/high-speed-ferry/normandie-express Would be interesting if they turn out exactly as planned in the photos. I am particularly intrigued why they've decided to effectively move Barfleur's stripe one deck down. What's the point?!? It already exists in one-stripe livery!
  2. Confirming a late-2020 delivery which fits nicely in with the end of charter for Kerry and return of Connemara to Cork
  3. Wow! She's looking great especially in BF livery. Particularly the application of blue on the funnel and stern area. It's quite blurry but do I read Portsmouth as the port of registry? If so, certainly a first for the company and a confirmation she won't be serving France at all (not that it was expected anyway) If she is this far advanced, I struggle to believe the late 2021 delivery suggested by Jonno up thread.
  4. The return will be likely to be rammed too. We came back about this time 7 years ago and it was full. Will be a nuisance to all those customers having to get to Cherbourg.
  5. Interestingly if you look at the ferrysite, Bore Bay used to have massive infrastructure plonked on the top of her. This was under UECC. This has now been removed and the funnel looks very odd! http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9122007&lang=en Etretat will be serving predominantly Le Havre throughout the winter season until the arrival of Honfleur, so I'd say it is unlikely. In fact, Le Havre will be a two-ship service come January! As bbcone says, Connemara will be appearing at Poole to refit cover Barfleur.
  6. This is what me and Cabin Boy suggested a couple of months ago where the query was raised then - albeit I suggested a two-nighter return. With Roscoff and Le Havre a no fit (Jonno made this very clear), and Portsmouth to Cherbourg not worth running a regular non-fast craft service to, at most if they required a French port change, it would have to be Cherbourg en route. A regular daily service at a set time would be attractive to haulers and passengers . As you say though, which of these run to Santander and which to Bilbao is another question. Perhaps they could alternate?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    Beings as she currently wears the one window stripe look, I cannot see her looking too dramatically different.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
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