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Manxscorpio

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  1. Was this import duty VAT?? I know I imported a car from USA to France and upon arrival French VAT was charged based on the French valuation of the vehicle which was actually higher than the real cost of the vehicle.
  2. as a tourist spending less than six months in Spain my car registration and licence are fine - although I was informed by the Spanish local police that I should change my vehicle registration every time I enter Spain - and then change it back again in my home country - obviously fake information !!!
  3. Exactly - I always thought the rule was simply if you spend more than six months in a different EU country to your own countries licence then you must exchange it? So on the same principal any French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish etc.. drivers holding licences other than UK Licence should also be banned from driving in UK
  4. UK should apply same principal for all EU countries licences after Brexit.
  5. I am quite sure that low taxation plays an important part in deciding where a ship is flagged. British flag is fairly well respected the world over hence Cunard flagging however the currency used on board most lines is of course US Dollars...
  6. Its worth stating here - drinks on a cruise ship can be expensive but P&O seem to charge about the same as a local pub would. If tripping to the Fjords and taking shore leave in Norway then prices rocket - £11 for a beer and £14 for a sandwich - thank goodness Cruises are all inclusive !!!!!
  7. Typo error …… Drinks package was £150 not £250 …. Doh….
  8. Exactly - we have always found it more economical to pre-book drinks packages as it doesn't take many drinks to be on the winning side. Our last MSC cruise charged approx. £250 per passenger per week however if you choose to pay when you drink the basic cost is high with additional 20 to 30% added Wine deals are also a must if you fancy a nice bottle at lunch or dinner. I do hope P&O rectify the problems as we are booked on IONA for its inaugural sailing next year.
  9. Yes - quite a few and all with high ratings - take a look
  10. I also have carried a swiss army knife for many years but unlike JohnMustow have been asked the question on a few occasions at ferry ports. I remember waiting to board the IOM Ferry in my car and owned up to the question of having a knife on my person - a surprised Port officer came up with the solution that I should place it in the glove box …. which of course I did. I also take it with me on cruises and only one occasion when returning to the ship from a tender it was taken off me.... at the end of the voyage I went to collect it and was amazed to see at least 300 other swiss army knives awaiting collection.
  11. The better news is four stars on trip advisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186258-d214968-Reviews-Brittany_Ferries-Plymouth_Devon_England.html
  12. Well BF obviously have a caring nature to their customers? I don't feel lucky as BF offered the compensation and amended travel arrangements which I have found most companies do. I would be quite happy to claim on personal Travel Insurance but did not find it necessary - well done BF
  13. Over the years we have had a couple of ferry cancellations or departure port move where compensation was paid. I know this was sometime ago but in October 2012 following BF Strikes and our missed ferry from Santander to Portsmouth BF gave us a full refund for the ferry £255 and petrol compensation £200 for our drive (600 miles) to Northern France for a sailing and a further three month extension to our Club Membership. In October 2013 we had a further cancellation and we received similar compensation however BF do not cover any hotel accommodation - if necessary this has to be claimed through Travel Insurance.
  14. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/windsor-castle-restorers-to-offer-support-to-notre-dame-38021293.html
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