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  1. Andy

    Drakes Island

    City councillors have given the green light to a £10m development plan for Drakes Island. http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/drake-s-island-hotel-plans-councillors-to-decide-on-10m-proposal-live-updates/story-30253787-detail/story.html
  2. It's been almost 32 years since the last purpose built ferry operated between the Breton port of Roscoff and the Devonshire port of Plymouth. It was on the 25th May 1977 the mv Cornouailles departed on her maiden voyage, having been built specifically for the Roscoff route. Since then the route has been served my many fine vessels, many of which have been built for Brittany Ferries, but not specifically for the Roscoff market. In addition the route has been served by the ‘Spanish’ vessel, providing additional weekend and more recently weekday sailings. This led to an imbalance of the serv
  3. Bretagne has been a familiar sight in Portsmouth for over 25 years, and this weekend she is celebrating her 30th birthday. She was the first fully commissioned cruise-ship for Brittany Ferries and a great achievement for a company that was relatively new. Since being launched from the Chantiers de L’Atlantique in St Nazaire, she has become a moving tribute to the hard work and determination of the Breton farming cooperative that started the company, bearing the same name as the region in which the company began and their headquarters still remain. Bretagne is one-of-a-kind, thanks to
  4. The Val de Loire joined the Brittany Ferries fleet in June 1993 as the companies flagship, sailing between Plymouth, Santander, Roscoff and Cork. Her operations remained largely unchanged until the arrival of the Pont-Aven in March 2004 which saw her transferred to Portsmouth where she operated daily sailings to St Malo and Cherbourg. It was announced on the 25th November 2005 that Brittany Ferries had sold the Val de Loire to North Sea operator DFDS Seaways for operation between Newcastle and Amsterdam, where she will be renamed 'King of Scandinavia'. After almost 13 years sterling service th
  5. It was certainly an amazing few days, and it was a privilege to have been onboard the maiden voyage of the Pont-Aven… Tuesday 23rd March The Val de Loire slipped her moorings for the final time a little after 9pm on Tuesday the 23rd March. She was making room for the Duc de Normandie, inbound from Roscoff, sailing empty to St Malo to position herself for her what is now her permanent route, running alongside the Bretagne to Portsmouth and also to Cherbourg. A grand total of 4 people watched her leave from Grand Parade for what might be the final time. The Duc de Normandie sailed past her in
  6. According to a tweet by Brittany Ferries, work began yesterday (Tuesday) at Plymouth Ferry Port where Vehicle Charging Points are being installed. There is currently no estimate on when these will be available to use. Hopefully the same will happen in Portsmouth in the very near future.
  7. Although next year’s sailing schedule hasn’t been released yet I fear we Plymouth ferry users need to brace ourselves for a poor service again this winter. Today I called the holiday reservations team to price up a winter sun break in Spain leaving Plymouth mid October and returning from Santander in mid November. Unfortunately I was told that there will not be any sailings on the Plymouth Santander route this November as the Pont will be covering for the Cap on the Portsmouth route. Not sure when the Plymouth Santander service normally ends for the winter but I know it was running on the 21st
  8. For an excellent view over Plymouth Sound, the city and across to Dartmoor for a small fee you may ascend the spiral staircase within Devonport Column to access the viewing gallery.. It can be quite bracing up there. Before climbing the base steps to the foot of the column remember to collect your entry pass from the community bakery in the Guildhall (next to the column). http://www.devonportguildhall.org/visit/column/
  9. The Duc de Normandie joined Brittany Ferries in 1986 to open a brand new route between Portsmouth and Caen. Upon her entry into service she became the largest vessel ever to sail into both Portsmouth and the newly constructed ferry terminal at Ouistreham (Caen). She remained operating on the Caen route until July 2002 when she transferred to the premier Plymouth - Roscoff route on which she operated until the end of her Brittany Ferries career. In The Beginning The Duc de Normandie was began life as the Prinses Beatrix for SMZ, having been constructed at the Verolme Shipyard in Holla
  10. After over 20 years service to Brittany Ferries the Quiberon stood down from service on the 20th December 2002. She was sold 'Lauro Line' on February 20th, 2003 and was been renamed 'Guilia D'Abundo' during August 2003, sailing for Med Mar. Her new route is between Sete-Palma de Mallorca. She commenced sailing in June 2003 following a refit and repaint in Brest. During her 20 years of service she was based in Plymouth and will always be fondly remembered by all. Farewell Old Friend The Quiberon began life as the Nils Dake, built at the Rendsburg Werft Nobiskrug yard Germany in 1975.
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