We hadn't sailed out of Ringaskiddy to France since May 2013. The main reason being that in recent years we usually holiday no more than a couple of hours drive from Roscoff so the early morning arrival there isn't much benefit to us. I’d much prefer an other few hours lie in 😁and a later arrival in France. Because of this our preferred route had been out of Rosslare with IF and back to Cork with BF but with the end of both BFs and IFs Roscoff services and not fancying the long drive from Cherbourg we decided to book both legs with BF.
We checked in at Ringaskiddy just before 2 for our 4pm sailing. Our Covid vaccine certs were examined as were the French sworn statements. We were directed to deck 4 and were in our deluxe cabin on deck 8 by 2.50pm. Loading was still going on at 4 so it was almost 430 before we sailed. Although the sailing seemed to be busy the fact that people were boarding over a long period of time meant that that the stairs and lift were never crowded. The shops and restaurants were busy and the swimming pool was open.
As I said we hadn't sailed out of Cork since 2013 and had forgotten what a joy it is to sail through Cork harbour on a sunny afternoon. We spent a lot of time on the outside decks as did many other passengers enjoying the views and the sunshine.
We were booked for the early sitting in La Flora and enjoyed a very good relaxed 3 course meal. As I mentioned in another thread the main course of lamb was excellent It worked out at approx €35 a head and I think is good value. Especially as a similar meal on IF WB Yeats would cost nearer to €60 each.
It was a beautiful night and the sea was very calm. So calm in fact my other half asked a couple of times if we were moving at all.😁
We arrived in Roscoff on time just before 7am and were off by 7.25am . The queue for immigration was long but moved quickly. The officer who dealt with us scrutinised our passports closely but barely gave our COVID certs and sworn statements a glance.
We were delighted to get away and we had a great couple of weeks. First week in Camerat and second week on the coast near Plouescat. Warm and sunny almost every day with temperatures 23/24c. Mask were worn in shops and at the couple of markets we attended. Covid vacine cert was required for all bars and restaurants both inside and outside.
Friday 10th September came around all too quickly and we headed to Roscoff for a last quick look around. We caught sight of Pont Aven arriving from Plymouth just after 7.30pm. At check in our Covid certs and our Irish Locator form receipts were examined. There was a big queue and a long wait for boarding. I’d say about 2/3 of vehicles were Irish with the balance made up of other European countries. The bulk of them French registered obviously. Spotted a few GB regs as well.
Boarding started at 9.15pm and we were on Deck 4 board at 9.40pm Up to our outside cabin midships on Deck 6. My other half had a quick look around the shop but i hit the sack straight away and nodded off shortly after the on time departure at 10.15pm.
We arrived in an overcast Cork harbour early Saturday and were alongside a few minutes before 10am. We were off about 10.20am and after quick passport check, no checking of certs or locator forms we were on the road home.
All in all an excellent holiday.