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"Le voyage en VO" - Brittany Ferries launch 2017 French Brochure

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"Le voyage en version originale"

 

With a new slogan, "Voyage en VO", Brittany Ferries seeks to assert its position as a specialist tour operator and offer a more tailored and targeted approach.

 

The ambition of Brittany Ferries; become the specialist tour operator of Celtic destinations in Europe. To do this the Breton company is launching a new version of its brochure with an expert positioning and therefore more offers desired with high added value. Now available online, the 2017 brochure is decorated with a reworked logo and a new slogan emphasising that: "Le voyage en version originale", replacing the former "Une autre idée du voyage".

 

In summary, there are three tours that match the demand, with accommodation in bed & breakfast and crossing included, in the south of England (396 € / person in call price for 6d / 5n) , In Scotland (457 € / person for 6 days / 6 nights) and in the great south of Ireland (436 € / person in 8 days a week). Brittany Ferries also continues to offer more classic tours by coach, with a French-speaking guide, all with full board. The 2017 novelties include a big tour in Ireland and Scotland (2798 € / person, 17 days / 16n), in the south of England (999 € / person 6 days / 5n) or inland (1039 € / person 7j / 6n).

 

The Breton tour operator also offers shorter day trips with accommodation, meals and crossing included. Brittany Ferries has a package dedicated to the visit of the Harry Potter studios with a round trip and nights on board included from 139 € per adult, 99 € per child. And because the crossing is also the journey, the company has enriched the experience on board with 3D printing and scanning workshops, video game design, virtual immersion helmets and mobile applications to find the wine or perfume that suits his taste.

 

Brexit Stimulates the French Clientele

 

Brittany Ferries did not wish to communicate the evolution of its turnover compared to the 2015/2016 season, which is explained by the fact that sterling, representing 80% of the 1,38 € a year ago to 1,16 € today, Brexit oblige. This result, mechanically declining, is contrasted by the continuous increase in the number of passengers of 4% on all the destinations, bringing it to 2,674,000 in total. The devaluation of the pound, if it penalizes the British customers, should instead make Britain more attractive in 2017. Brittany Ferries also announces the arrival of two new heads, Francis Gouhier as product and quality manager, and Lénaïg Bouillot-Poulain for passenger marketing France.

 

Source: http://www.lechotouristique.com/arti...ure-2017,85742

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Good news. Positioning BF as a premier tour operator as well as a transport business will help the bottom line. At worst it will have a neutral impact on marine operations, but I believe that it will further enhance onboard service etc.

 

Now all they need to do is to improve baggage handling for foot passengers (on the lines of Eurostar's registered bags service, but without the long walks at both SPI and GdN)!!!

 

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On that topic of baggage handling, I rang BF the other day to ask if it was still possible to put suitcases etc on a trolley that then stayed in the garage during the crossing. I was hoping to use the service for my Xmas return crossings between St Malo and Portsmouth. I was told 'no' and that bags could be taken to your cabin or left in the dedicated area on board. The last time I used the service was on NEX a year ago so assumed it was still the same for the other vessels but apparently not. Does anyone know when they stopped offering that service (as I'm sure it used to exist across the fleet) and why? Ed.

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On that topic of baggage handling, I rang BF the other day to ask if it was still possible to put suitcases etc on a trolley that then stayed in the garage during the crossing. I was hoping to use the service for my Xmas return crossings between St Malo and Portsmouth. I was told 'no' and that bags could be taken to your cabin or left in the dedicated area on board. The last time I used the service was on NEX a year ago so assumed it was still the same for the other vessels but apparently not. Does anyone know when they stopped offering that service (as I'm sure it used to exist across the fleet) and why? Ed.

 

 

Don't recall the service being in use on any other vessel for quite some time - the conventional ships all tend to have lockable baggage rooms for those who don't wish to keep their bags with them. These get locked after departure and opened shortly before arrival.

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Thanks Jim. I'm sure you're right. I must be mistaken. I would suggest that it might be a good idea to re-instate the practice. When crossing on Bretagne in September there were a number of people struggling up and down the steep ramps with heavy cases in both St Malo and Portsmouth when the tide was in. It would also make the buses more efficient at each end and perhaps speed things up. Ed

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