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  1. Just back from the cruise. PA seemed well loaded although I was parked on deck 4 which seemed full I couldn’t look for space on the lower decks. Departure from Pompey was about 45 mins later than the advertised 19.00 and I didn’t hear any explanation offered. Both out and in the sea was as flat as you could hope for - so fortunate to have calm seas as this time of year - only the gentlest of rocking to help me to sleep outbound. Mooring in Honfleur via 2 small launches carrying the ropes to shore side was quite a surprise! PA was pristine inside and out and looked like a full exterior repaint was done at dry docking all the carpets and upholstery were gleaming My cabin was a 2 berth inside - deck 5 in a town of outside cabins bijou - certainly but perfectly adequate for me. Again everything spotless. I ate in both Le Flora and the self-service - all meals were fine - the Le Flora breakfast is excellent value and a fraction over anything comparable in the self service - with as much as you want - coffee especially appreciated Honfleur was pleasant enough with the bus transport working well after the initial rush had been accommodated Took the tour to Rouen, excellent and informative guide with a passion for French agricultural politics! the entertainment was a little variable- pianist and house band both excellent- magician duo didn’t impress and the vocal duo the same - although maybe that’s just my taste! the new year party in the bar was outstanding- bar packed with a wide demographic and a great party atmosphere with hats, balloons and partt poppers liberally provided - bar looked like a battlefield afterwards but by morning was pristine again! Talking to staff the morning after they seemed to have enjoyed the brits’ new year celebrations too! depature around 8 UK time I think and arrival in Pompey on the button at 2pm fairly swift disembarkation and straight through controls loved every minute and can’t wait to book again for next new year - Antwerp would be great after 2 trips to the Seine!
  2. Returning on Normandie on the 16.30 to Pompey, pretty bouncy this afternoon from about 90 mins out until the IoW was in sight. Well loaded this afternoon but very quiet when the action started!
  3. Thanks Harry! Definitely - as soon as bookings open I will be booking up! Not to be missed!
  4. Booked via the Bournemouth Echo promotion sailed from Portsmouth to St Malo on Bretagne on Friday evening. After a pleasant drive down the A3, arrived at PIP about 7.15 and after checking we were straight through security and parked up by the berth for no more than 5 minutes. So on board in about 15 mins from arriving at PIP. We had a twin inside on deck 8 so dropped bags before exploring. It was a cool grey evening so didn't linger but had time to see NEX berthed for the evening and Etretat in the adjacent berth as well as Commodore Goodwill's departure for the CI. We slipped moorings at 8pm about 20 mins early. We took dinner in Les Abers which was excellent and try as I might I couldn't resisting loading up at the hors d'oeuvre table, the pate and terrine being delicious, although the langoustines weren't at their best. A bottle of red between us meant a sound nights sleep too! My companion isn't a regular sea traveller and was a little anxious about mal de mer, fortunately the channel was dead calm with only the gentle engine vibration to remind us we were at sea. Despite a rock hard pillow slept well waking just before the piped celtic music started in the cabin. Being on deck 5 disembarkation took a few minutes but we were soon on our way to Mont St Michel. It was a beautiful and calm day and we got there before the crowds so the streets were calm and no queue for abbey tickets. We took it easy up all the stairs as my companion gets breathless and I'm still sore post surgery. The views from the courtyard were stunning in warm sunshine. After leaving the Mont we headed to St Malo using the coast road from Dol, a first for me and I enjoyed seeing the resort villages to the east of Cancale. We checked into the Ibis by the seafront close to Intra Muros, amazed that the receptionist humoured my poor French with no temptation to use English. The hotel was clean and well presented and our room recently refurbished and decorated. I've stayed there before and love its location and comfort. With the tide out we set off on the beach to explore the town and ate our sandwiches a l'emporter by the harbour catching Condor Rapide on the berth. After some recovery time back at the hotel it was dinner in St Malo in a neat Bistro built into the walls towards the harbour gate. Very pleasant and good value with more agreeable red drunk! We took Sunday breakfast at the hotel intrigued by the French TV election coverage - cameras in polling stations, filming voters! At the port Condor Rapide was berthed alongside Bretagne leaving first on a beautiful morning. Bretagne took a pilot and we watched the pilot boat shadow us out past the last lighthouse on the easterly rocks out of the port. It was a beautiful day with a flat calm sea so we took up position on the sun deck behind the bar on deck 8, normally reserved for smokers, to catch some rays and read. Lunch followed in Les Abers and I was a little more restrained at the buffet table and enjoyed the mushroom omelette. Back to deck 8 for more sunbathing prior to arrival. The Solent was busy with plenty of commercial traffic heading out of Southampton and a container loaded Geest ship heading for PIP as well as all the usual IOW traffic. On berthing we were told the gangway was faulty so foot passengers had to wait for a bus to arrive on deck 3 to take them to the terminal. Unloading was speedy even from deck 5 and as we were straight through passport control we were on our way quickly and home about 65 mins from leaving Bretagne. With both crossings and cabins both ways for £128 plus the hotel B&B for £92 the weekend was a bargain although budgets were dented by food and drink! Bretagne was a comfortable and welcoming as ever. Cabins clean and all in order. The crew were attentive and pleasant - a great advert for BF service. Now planning the next one!
  5. Wow great value trip to St Malo booked for weekend after Easter - just £128 with car and cabins! cant wait!
  6. BF Website update: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham - Caen/Ouistreham to Portsmouth Due to a technical problem with the link-span in the port of Ouistreham (Caen), the following sailings have been affected. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Caen to Portsmouth Tuesday 4 April 08:30 - This sailing has been CANCELLED. Please contact us on +44 (0)1752 648 637 for advice and alternatives. Portsmouth to Caen Tuesday 4 April 14:45 - This sailing has been CANCELLED. Please contact us on +44 (0)1752 648 637 for advice and alternatives. Caen to Portsmouth Tuesday 4 April 16:30 - This sailing has been DIVERTED and will now depart from CHERBOURG at 17:00. Latest check in 16:15. Caen to Portsmouth Tuesday 4 April 23:00 - This sailing has been DIVERTED and will now depart from CHERBOURG at 23:00. Latest check in 22:15.
  7. I saw the man with the flag as we berthed in Rouen, even by then he showed plenty of enthusiasm with vigorous waving! It was a pleasure to meet Rileyman and his charming wife, and thanks effonine for sharing your wonderful photographs. I was hugely impressed by the cruise, the atmosphere throughout was relaxing and convivial and was impressed with PA on my first time aboard, very well presented. She is large enough to offer something for everyone and I'm looking forward to next year already!
  8. Saw SNAV Sardegna berthed in Naples on Tuesday 13th. Engines were running and as far as I could tell all seemed normal
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