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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    Beings as she currently wears the one window stripe look, I cannot see her looking too dramatically different.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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 😂
  7. I think Pont-Aven did one leg as a day crossing during her first season (2004)
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. georgem7

    BF Refits 2018-19

    Well, the Cap doesn't look bad at all. The addition of blue to the funnel and stern look good. At this stage, the order of how well the livery fits with the design from best to worst in my opinion goes: Armorique, Normandie, Cap, Pont-Aven, Bretagne. Blue striping always previously tended to be applied to the windows of passenger areas, so personally I would have preferred Cap's stripe to be one deck lower, but hey ho. Finally, anyone else find it unusual that they painted the bridge white on Cap but kept it blue on Normandie?
  13. Everything has gone quiet since she entered service. Has anyone been on her or planning to go on her in the not too distant future?. Was expecting a flurry of pictures, reviews online but seen nothing. Guessing it is the time of the year...
  14. I have the same problem as Khaines. I haven't voted but it doesn't let me vote. What Khaines sees is all I can see.
  15. Thanks. Didn't know they published the cabin quantities for Honfleur!
  16. On the new site, I can't seem to find the page showing a comparison of facilities across ships and quantity of each cabin type per ship. Of course, this is trivial information, which I'm guessing was deemed unnecessary and/or the page on the old site was used by few customers.
  17. Yeah the new livery suits her well
  18. I would suggest, if you want to be on the safe side, booking a sailing which still exists on the revised schedule (for example, Friday night sailing ex. Portsmouth)
  19. georgem7

    BF Refits 2018-19

    Surprisingly, Normandie doesn't look too bad! Of course, I liked the original scheme she had worn since she was built, but unlike Bretagne's new design, this works well. I'd say Armorique and Normandie have come out best so far. I'm guessing Cap Finistere will follow suit, and lose one deck stripe. The scheme seems to include striping around the bow and stern so I'm guessing that too.
  20. I really don't understand what's wrong with the self-service restaurant. In my eyes, it caters for more tastes, (i.e. the average family) at a reasonable price and I almost always enjoy my meal. Does the average person really choose Pont-Aven over Armorique due to too much plastic?!? Certainly wouldn't influence my decision. Also, I'd like to mention that all ships bar NEX, Pont-Aven and Bretagne have open deck parking. Overall, despite the fact they are very different, I like both Armorique and Bretagne a lot. I would happily choose to sail on both of them. But maybe I just enjoy travelling on ferries in general?
  21. At least the new Le Havre timetable only affects two sailings in each direction. (Monday and Saturday overnights outbound, and Monday and Saturdays 17:00 sailings return). As Normandie operates such services to Caen, it should be easy enough for customers to just change their booking to Caen should they want to keep those same timings.
  22. Epsilon is branded as an economy service, and was even before Brittany Ferries took on Etretat. So they may have took inspiration from Irish Ferries?
  23. georgem7

    New Look Revealed

    On Bretagne, surely it would have made sense to extend the blue line to where the windows end? I know Pont-Aven's blue line stops but Armorique's blue line extends to the end.
  24. It's good that the double-deck linkspan can finally be used again, when was the last time it saw regular use?
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