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  1. I wonder what type of cruise ferry experience we will get to see after this Pandemic passes. I do not mean the immediate post lockdown restart. But in the media comments are being made of social distancing being maintained etc for a very long time. BF crossings have always been more than just a way of crossing to France. The restaurants and shops on board, the relative spaciousness and pretty good cabins are why I think people pay a premium for for using BF cruise ferries. If this is watered down by health requirements what will the cruise ferry experience look like and will it cost less?
  2. Not sure if its been covered elsewhere. After 2 years of not being able to slip over to France for a break or holiday, a window of opportunity is opening to us. My wife is concerned about the refugee issue, because the last time we crossed "Ouistreham" was full of migrants and she was to put it mildly worried! Can anyone update us on the current position regarding the terminal and approaches what the position is for Cars etc Finally i know I asked this 2 years ago but can any of you regular travellers recommend a restaurant for dinner before an overnight crossing from Ouistreham, it can be out or in the Port Thanks in anticipation Redarwds
  3. We are planning a short break in Normandy in November returning overnight from Ouistreham. I was hoping to get some ideas of where we can eat before the crossing as we have rather fallen out with LeGoeland as they try to turn the tables too quickly. We like fairly relaxed dining and I know in the past there have seen some other restaurants mentioned. One final point is given the issues of the illegal migrants is it better to look to eat elsewhere and move to Ouistreham later but it would need to be fairly close. Has anyone got any suggestions please.
  4. Came back Staurday evening 23rd. Ouistreham/Portsmouth. Beautiful day in France. On arriving in Ouistreham early we went to the bar and then to go and get dinner. We were interested to see up to 12 odd looking chaps hanging around and every now and then they were chased off by the Gendarmes. Later that evening they were all congregated by the Car park in a bus shelter and the gendarmes seemed to have gone home. The ferry terminal security has been tightened up since we last went through in June. So much so that without the security man letting anyone through we would not have got into the terminal. Our boarding passes did not work. A helpful lady on the BF desk issued us with a spare, which also did not work. Despite all this extra security we saw lorries, camper wagons and trailers pass straight through for boarding. So it does seem a little inconsistent. We did not see any sea marshals on board but did not wander about too much as we were tired.
  5. Just a suggestion if you dont mind country lanes, Leave the A84 short of Caen at the Villars Bocage junction. Go through that heading for Bayeux. At Bayeux take the D12 heading for Reviers then head for Colleville-Montgomery. Its all small villages speed bumps but the traffic always moves albeit slowly. We nearly always head back to the ferry port this way. It slows me down after the main roads, and quite frankly I dont enjoy the Caen ring road after a long drive. Went this way to Ouistreham from Bayeux last Thursday pm was lovely run through the countryside. got to Ouistreham in time for a nice glass of beer in the sun at the Bar.
  6. In April we crossed Portsmouth Caen, overnight. We were sitting in the bar having nightcap just before sailing and were rather surprised to see 4 or 5 armed maritime police/marines wander through with guns at the ready so to speak. They were also wandering about in the morning. The purpose of the post is to ask if this a normal sight on the ferries now, or were we just crossing at a highly sensitive time. I cannot say it bothered me apart from to reflect how sad things are that we were not that surprised to see them. The security at either end did not seem any more noticeable.
  7. Great report thank you We went to Benodet in Nov last year, the weather looked similar stayed at same hotel and fell in love with the area. We had been to Vannes and Carnac before and further North but not Benodet. We enjoyed our run back and like you turned off at Villars Bocage but headed for Bayeaux and it seemed ok. Likewise seemed great value and fun for us
  8. If you ever get the chance I recommend Oban to Barra or South Uist from memory the short crossing (whichever they land at first is about 5 hours) We went a few years ago Tuesday afternoon from Oban it was a very rough crossing as a hurricane was just working itself out after crossing the Atlantic and after we had traversed the sound of Mull the swell was "significant" The boat was Lord of the Isles, my all time favourite Calmac vessel having been on her many times. A great sea keeping boat and I have to say a truly fascinating crossing, despite a fair amount of pitch and roll I saw no one ill. The Labrador sitting next to us happily ate crisps and even sipped beer. I have to say our car parked at the back of an open deck was plastered in salt. A truly great start to several days of island hopping with Calmac
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