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  1. So bookings aren't too bad then? There's a surprise...
  2. The only thing that confuses me is why they'll have her for 12 months, she'll be surplus to requirements come April and after the refit/maintenance program. Are BF finally losing Pelican which would see Etretat move over and why they need Connemara running BDS' timetable until Galicia arrives November 2020? Then the Cap can take over that timetable and Connemara can return to Cork. Personally I've never thought Etretat was a charter but rather a straight swap for Cotentin. I know the Visentini's aren't what BF travellers are used to but Etretat can go everywhere and fit everywhere. Give her a decent refit and she'd be popular. An A la Carte & good cabins would see her consolidate a Spanish offering from Poole very nicely.
  3. It is but the winter timetable runs until March which doesn't leave a lot of breathing space especially with BDS returning to her owners less than a month later and before Easter.
  4. I think there's a little confusion in the article with regard to her original planned start this year. The quoted January tweet talks about the 2nd officer stating on the 9th July, that's the 2019 schedule. The guy I speak to at FSG still maintains that they want her handed over during March 2020 and having her in place for the Easter weekend build up. Ah yes, the all important PEC... forgot about that.
  5. I've been told that for the moment Honfleur's maiden voyage has been earmarked for Monday April 6th, the bloke doesn't know anything about berthing trials, you'd know better Tony... the week before perhaps plus is it usual to opt for berth 3, 4 or both?
  6. I can certainly go along with that. You and I are blessed with decent tap water, the filtered stuff stands out a mile. I can't drink the chilled stuff our fridge makes as I can taste the charcoal filter.
  7. So does most of the tap water in France.
  8. Nothing wrong with tap water on a ferry. All modern ships constantly produce their own through desalination and then it goes through about three different types of purification, it's never in the pipes and tanks long enough. There's more chance of you catching something from poorly cooked or poorly reheated food or even chilled stuff left too long out of the cold chain not to mention poorly flushed pipes with beer running through them.
  9. I wonder whether the direct link to Ireland has had a fair bit to do with it. Companies can save a fair bit on fuel and ferries if they no longer need to transit the U.K. I took a close look at the HGV's aboard Normandie on Monday, most had Spanish & Portuguese plates. I have a feeling that'll change when the E Flexers appear. I'd really like to see BF serve Gijon with their LNG facilities too especially with a ship named Galicia... BF could always opt for a 4th E Flexer to supplement Bilbao.
  10. With all the rumour and discussion surrounding the future needs of various carriers such as a Bretagne replacement for BF at St Malo, Condor's lack of conventional overnight berths between the U.K & Channel Islands and DFDS' future at Newcastle, Damen's recent announcement could prove instrumental. I found this interesting. https://magazine.damen.com/markets/dredging-and-marine-contracting/damen-scales-up/?fbclid=IwAR2D5HRhqqcmk8jramduH-x3PvgYiu7DhvNm-ZNTgAnsH8FPz472x8eCp30
  11. During the first 6 months of 2019 the port of Santander has announced an overall freight traffic increase of 9.6% equalling 6.2 million tonnes of cargo. Ro ro cargo transported by Brittany ferries has shown an overall increase of 8.8% across their routes from Cork, Portsmouth & Plymouth. Info is courtesy of Ferry Shipping News.
  12. Seriously though John by campsite I take it you mean a pre built tent, static or holiday home rather than your own gear? Your travel insurance should stump up something toward the French hotel.
  13. How about likes and dislikes, long walks in the rain, cry at Lassie movies? Just want to know how compatible we are, now that I've stumbled onto the BFE dating site. Me, I'm 51, pisces, basically retired, over 6ft tall & 3ft wide, 21 stone too (yey), 13 in shoes, and one tattoo, voted most likely to succeed as a budgie. I think I've been seen on ferries too ( another yey). I enjoy ferry forums, writing and visiting France, Spain & Ireland. I don't have an apricot poodle but I'm willing to adapt to any type of fruity canine for the right person.
  14. Worse the other way, we got off Normandie at 1508, by the time we passed the ferryport car park it was 1600.
  15. The 600 pax ships are being built for the Baltic ready for 2021, they have no connection with Newcastle. There's information on the DFDS press centre website.
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