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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    I never expect one single booking engine to meet all my needs. I use this new Beta website to book Ferries - just that and nothing else. Then I use other booking engines for hotels, holiday houses, campsites, travel insurance and all the rest. There is far more choice that way than trying to do everything via Brittany Ferries. Perhaps this new Beta site is trying to do too much? I do like simplicity.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    Thank you for your reassurance Gareth. A return crossing from Plymouth to Santander and back with car and caravan in June is coming up as £1230 - hard to believe, but there it is. The original 25% deposit would have been over £300, but the Caravan Club is offering to match that fare and is only asking for a £75 deposit if I make the booking with them. No wonder B/F is currently reducing its deposits to 10% - still higher, but a step in the right direction. But with this Brexit thing happening I shall wait and see whether I still have a valid EHIC card when the debacle ends. Health insurance at my age might yet beat me. Best regards.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    Oh dear, I might be one of your time wasters. My health might not be good enough for me to travel, the uproar in Paris may have started up again and put me off going there, my old car may not pass its MOT, travel insurance for someone my age may prove out of the question, my wife's knee replacement may be brought forward. I do admire those of you whose only problem is having a cabin for a dog.
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    New deposit price on bookings?

    Was the idea of asking for 25% deposit on bookings a bad mistake? Is the company admitting that this plus Brexit has sliced the number of summer tourist bookings? A e mail last night from B/F says in effect Do please book and you now only need pay 10% deposit .
  5. I'm not voting - just sitting back and expecting air freight to continue to grow and grow.
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    Government charter

    As I was going to sleep last night BBC radio news was telling me that Arklow had been the main backer of Seabourne with 60% stake .
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    Mercure Roscoff

    Helpful, Neil. Thank you.
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    Mercure Roscoff

    Will the Metcure Roscoff have adequate free car parking - or can someone please tell me one of the Roscoff hotels which do ? We have failed to park on the street at the Ibis, then tried the Hotel Residence des Artistes and found the huge paying parking in the square packed full because of a festival ( fete des onions or mussels, or artichokes - I forget !) So which Roscoff hotel with free parking please.
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    Dover-France with DFDS

    I have £50 of Tesco vouchers which would give me £150 towards a DFDS fare. If I lived closer I would use them on that fine ship. Irish ferries and P&O accept them at that triple rate too . Hello Brittany Ferries commercial manager !
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    Armorique 10th Anniversary

    Timing? Armorique's timing coming back from Roscoff is usually 1500 or 1600. If there were a restaurant on board I would spend freely on dinner. As it is I don't.
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    Armorique 10th Anniversary

    In and out of Plymouth I sleep on Armorique and spend nothing, but I eat on Pont Aven and spend freely.
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    Vehicle Charging Points

    Agreed. So much close to Millbay. Look !
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Although "latest sailing information" shows sailings to and from Spain are running normally.
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    Brexit effect on BF

    I'm hoping the Plymouth Roscoff timetable changes will last a few weeks longer - a 1500 sailing from Plymouth will give me a free day cabin and the 2130 Roscoff arrival will put me into a nice overnight hotel - for the same sort of price as an overnight cabin on the 2200 overnight sailing and "Please vacate your cabins" before I have had my beauty sleep. I live in hope !
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    Seaborne Freight contract

    Let the train take the strain, but I hope they will duck through Chunnel.
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    King Seaways ORCA Wildlife Viewing Lounge

    I 'm sure DFDS will give an immedilate answer if you ring them or use live chat on their website.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Is this the same Le Havre to which the company is planning to increase the number of sailings?
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    That may be so, but I don't want to hang around in Portsmouth or Le Havre late at night with nothing to and nowhere to go, waiting for a departure at 2330
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    Departure from Le Havre at 0930 would be acceptable to me but the other departure from Le Havre, and the two arrivals are unattractive to me and I wouldn't book them
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    First Run of 2019

    Got the hang of airports ! Old age has some compensations ! A man with a wheel chair meets us at the airccraft door on arrival and my wife is installed in it while I shuffle behind. We are invariably escorted straight out through a discreet passport control booth marked "Diplomats and crew only". It has worked so far at Heathrow, Dubai and HongKong. Magic.
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    Russian Cargo Ship Aground in Cornwall

    Still anchored at Falmouth but in the river mouth now - local branch of Mission to Seamen expressing concern and reported to have sent out some biscuits and chocolates (Russian Orthodox Christmas today) and four fishing rods for the crew "to entertain themselves and for them to catch their own food." Poor devils.
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    The Decline of the Travel Experience

    Better nowadays than this.
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    The Decline of the Travel Experience

    The only thing spoiling travel for me is old age - I can't go again to some of the places I loved.
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    Brexit effect on BF

    Neil, I assume you have a 10pm sailing so I suggest a good dinner on shore before you go on board - we like Rock Salt restaurant which is within walking distance of the ferryport - then straight to bed, the cabins are good, and all August arrivals in Roscoff are early. Bon Voyage.
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    King Seaways questions

    As you are travelling tomorrow it might be better to phone customer services on 0871 522 9966 or try their Live Chat service. Bon voyage .