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  1. Ah I see, another fault... no comment.
  2. I've been a bit busy lately so haven't kept up to date so could someone explain something please. As far as I'm aware the only difference is that Pont Aven is sailing from Plymouth? Is she still fulfilling her Plymouth/Roscoff/Cork rotation? If so, why are passengers being transferred to Armorique? If the Pont is unable to fulfil all of her duties and continue to give booked passengers the service they're expecting would it not be prudent to secure the charter of similarly endowed vessel in the short term... they'll need one next spring when BDS leaves anyway? Irish Ferries had an agreement with Minoan in case WBY was delayed further.
  3. The bit about the European Zebra mussel in the Great Lakes and how they multiply is a bit of a torrid chapter, pictures too, very lusty... so yep I think you're being wise.😁
  4. Double mini-cruise? Er, I had to go back and look at that one. I'd not really come across Wessex until I searched on BF's site for mini-cruises to see what the fuss was about and found the link. Prior to a quick return crossing I made as a footie on Cap Finistere not long after she arrived and during the Iceland volcano issue when BF packed everyone on I've not looked at mini-cruises since the '90's. As for leaving from Plymouth and returning to Portsmouth... I think the person who thought of that needs to have a chat to themselves. It's no wonder those who post from the West Country feel a bit hard done by considering Millbay was originally PA's home UK port.
  5. I've a copy of Controlling Introductions of Nonindigenous Species by Ship Ballast Water if you want a copy too?
  6. Eh, if I'm spending money I read everything! Judging by the times I'd say it's post incident. I take it then that PA didn't return her Plymouth mini cruise passengers back to Millbay but sailed on to Portsmouth. Dunno why I'd never cottoned on before... bit daft isn't it? Now I can see what all the excitement is about. If I lived down there I'd be in the queue like it was for a cup final ticket.
  7. Interesting this is on their website? The “Pont Aven” sails from Plymouth on Sundays at 1745. We reach Santander at 1615 (Spanish time) on Monday and you may leave your belongings in your cabin when you go ashore. The ship berths in the heart of this charming city and the main square is an easy 10-minute stroll. Just a few steps away from the Terminal there are various bars and shops which will give you the authentic feel of real Spain.The ship begins its return crossing at 1945 and once again, the amenities are there for you to enjoy. The award-winning Le Flora silver service restaurant offers a unique and very attractive opportunity to dine in style and watch the ocean glide by. The cruise continues next day as we enter the English Channel and sail back to Plymouth arriving at 1545. I could have sworn she sailed at around 1500 on a Sunday?
  8. I know this is a bit controversial... no tin hat as where's there's no sense there's no feeling...! I wouldn't be surprised if she's going to leave the channel and replace Connemara and sail permanently from Cork to Spain with Cap Finistere moving to Plymouth and performing a triangular Plymouth/Roscoff/Rosslare route. UK passengers are happy with the Sunday visit at Roscoff which extends the sailing into Tuesday, I'm sure they'll be happy with a Roscoff stop and continue sailing to Rosslare. For me the argument about loading is moot as Condor do it happily with their ships and Cats. The accompanied freight from Rosslare to France and back will simply be too good to ignore. It's already busy, busier than Cork in many areas, as much of what heads to Fishguard and Milford is Landbridge heading for the south coast. I also have a feeling that Stena will expand their French link too rather than continue with a heavily laden Landbridge hence why some say it's the reason why they've pulled out of the £5m investment in Fishguard and are giving Stena Europe a five year life extension rather than look at a replacement. Irish Ferries have nothing to cover for Isle of Inishmore during winter maintenance now Oscar Wilde has gone to GNV so there's every chance that there'll be a shut down during those times now.
  9. What has Plymouth got to do with a BF mini cruise? You could sail and return on PA from Portsmouth as a footie if you wanted to... Courtesy of Wessex Continental Travel. In that scenario surely Plymouth offers less value as your time at sea... you know, the actual cruise bit of said mini cruise... is somewhat shorter and I doubt the price would change. I love the excitement PA sailing from Plymouth for a month has stirred. I hope she never passes Brownsea Island and parks next to Libby... BF will probably need to offer oxygen at the check in!
  10. They need her back at Portsmouth for freight. This time of year there's usually 70+ trucks - over 2000 tonnes of the stuff - on her Tuesday midweek Santander sailing from PIP and there's usually an average of 50+ coming back. Both the Cap & BDS are over the weekend.
  11. Costing a bit more than 6 million dollars too!
  12. jonno

    BF Refits 2018-19

    So too is Barfleur, always has been able to. Etretat is capable of covering 99% of all BF ports and this will be 100% when the quay extension at Ouistreham is completed. In fact the only vessels which won't fit the port will be the Cap' and BDS. Also many if not all routes see a downturn during the winter months which is not a reflection of vulnerability. Let's be frank here, again the only company which has seen any French connection as said vulnerability to the extreme point of cancelling the route(s) is Irish Ferries.
  13. jonno

    BF Refits 2018-19

    interesting views regarding Honfleur and Le Havre. I don't see how her arrival helps the situation... Etretat will leave the fleet meaning there's no extra tonnage. Nor do I see Le Havre as vulnerable during quiet times... I mean, which quiet times are they and have BF previously curtailed the sailings of either Etretat or BDS during the few years they've ran the route? The numbers were healthy when DFDS pulled out and BF are improving them year on year. Le Havre has huge scope for expansion whilst Ouistreham is pushing saturation... being only an hour apart it makes sense for BF to offer parity in terms of ship standards and similar freight and pax numbers per sailing. Worth noting that Honfleur lowers pax capacity by 20% at Ouistreham and regardless of what the press releases want us to read, her mix of car & freight is also lower as actual lane meter totals are a bit of a misnomer... I know a guy who works for Fjordline and he says width is more important. His ship has lanes ranging from 1.9m wide upto 3.6m.
  14. I think that sums them up very nicely... Or PEGASIS without the wings.
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