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JohnMustow

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  1. JohnMustow

    Discount Travel

    Not sure the address matters too much. We joined when we were based in U.K. we have lived in Spain for 10yrs now and have changed the address to Spain and it does not seem to make any difference. We also have U.K. mobile and Spanish landlines registered. I think there is some form of Spanish Club Voyage but have not explored that side of things. What is a big rip off is the Irish end of things. There is no Irish Club Voyage and no discounts on Irish destinations for the other ”Clubs”. This is despite the Spain/France/Ireland ferry prices being very expensive and the deposit required being a hefty 25% or so compared to the fixed £40 for U.K. sailings. As an example a single journey on the economie Santander/Cork route in July costs as much as a return July North September South Portsmouth/Santander. The only hitch seems to be currency, if your origen is in € then you pay in € and similar for £. Not a problem to us since we have C/cards in both.
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    Centro Botin

    Will check that out in July when we park up waiting for Connemara to Cork. Will be interesting to compare the quantity and price with what we get down here in our little backwater of Ayamonte. The 7second pour on the gin definitely floats the ice, then proper lemon or lime slice or both with a Schweppes tonic. All up €4.50. Two of those in the evening at our little bread shop on the way home and I sleep like the dead!
  3. JohnMustow

    Portsmouth check-in; some advice please.

    On that stretch of the A5/M1 which run parallel for many miles you have the four great ages of British transportation all visible together. 1) The Grand Union Canal 2)The West Cost Main Line 3)A5 4)M1 In chronological order although the A5 follows the line of the Roman Road Wattling Street for some long straight stretches so could claim to pre-date the others. For a few short lengths the M1 or the A5 give a view of all four. If you are lucky with timing on the M1 you can sometimes race the Virgin Express on the WCML. I have never beaten it in 50+ years.
  4. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Thank you. HID is very nervous at sea out of sight of land. I have not and will not mention any of this to her.
  5. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    We sail on the 4th July will it be sorted by then and will it be SAFE?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Connemara seems to have been stationary off Cork all night but at a 22knts. Predicted route should be to lands end then south but no apparent movement?
  7. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Any idea of the loading we are booked on 5 July and I don’t want BF to abort before then!
  8. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    That’s obscene when the Poles working onboard are probably paid very little for a very arduous job, I travelled Holyhead/Dublin when the Swift was packed and a large family of Irish itinerants occupied a big area of the lounge and the two slot machines making the passage unconfortable for other passengers. The purser nor the lounge staff could control them. I noted next time we were on the swift the slots had gone but that was after the event. The staff had about 30mins to clear up and prepare for the return trip.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Did she bring any vehicles up from Spain or was she just in ballast?
  10. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Got to agree great pics from both.
  11. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Connemara has just passed Roche’s point at the narrows in Cobh ETA 08.37 so she is ready to go on her first rotation whenever that might happen.
  12. JohnMustow

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Been following the Connemara from Greece on Marine Traffic and a weird and wonderful trip it has been. It is now shown about 1/3 way to Cork at about 13knts arriving Monday morning 07.00. It was good to see all four of the BF Spanish ships at various points in their rotations in or about the Biscay.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    It’s Murphy’s Law looked at around 07.00 today no changes so had the NA deck plans up for comparison and to look at the catering arrangements.
  14. JohnMustow

    Onboard Menus

    “English” is a bit slack, the “full Irish” is a sight to behold. Black and white pudding, chips, hash browns, two eggs bacon and sausage and I have seen that cleared with a pint of draught Guinness.
  15. JohnMustow

    Onboard Menus

    Will these menus be available on the Connemara?
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