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7 hours ago, Simon F said:

Photo taken of the Normandie today, looking forward to seeing her after the refit and a new coat of paint

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How did you manage to get the shoreline flat in the photo but the horizon (and Normandie) sloping downwards? 😀 Ed. 

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Normandie’s 2245 departure from Portsmouth this evening crosses to Cherbourg rather than Caen, so that she can de-store in Cherbourg before heading for her refit (which we are assuming is at Rematowa, but I’ve not seen any confirmation of that yet.

PA resumes Portsmouth-St Malo this evening, and Armorique sails overnight from St Malo.  When she gets into Portsmouth tomorrow morning she will transfer to the Caen service to deputise for Normandie during her absence, picking up with tomorrow’s 1445 departure.

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1 hour ago, TonyMWeaver said:

'Normandie' has left Cherbourg, bound for Gdansk, Poland. Arrival currently scheduled for Monday.

Thanks Tony.  Blimey, that was a quick de-store.  Normally takes a good 24 hours!

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16 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Blimey, that was a quick de-store.

Yeah, that didn't take long. They probably have a tight schedule with the guy doing the livery waiting to start work.

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She's not hung around with the passage then, either.  Less than 3 days for a voyage that BF ships often take the best part of 4 days over.  Either they are trying to meet a dry docking slot, or they are cramming a lot into this refit.

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She's well through the Oresund and out into the Baltic now.  Not bad going given that this morning she was still some way off rounding the peninsular at Skagen.

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10 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

At the moment (02:30 Sunday), there doesn't appear to be a dry dock available to receive 'Normandie'. 

I imagine that some work (like creating dog proof cabins) can be done outside of the dry dock.

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She needs shotblasting and starting from scratch.  If they just paint over that lot it will be back through in 4 months.

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Normandie has now gone into the floating dock - same one, D3, at the southern end of the yard, that Armorique used.

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I dont understand why theres no rolling painting going on. Cruise ships will often paint over any rust streaks or fender marks while they are in port.

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1 hour ago, Greenfloyd said:

I dont understand why theres no rolling painting going on. Cruise ships will often paint over any rust streaks or fender marks while they are in port.

Cruise ships usually spend most of the day docked whilst the passengers are off invading the local sights - that's not the same case for ferries. Normandie, apart from the one 'missed' sailing a week the ship never really stops for more than a couple of hours. 

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Not even that Jim.  Apart from the weekly layover day, the Ouistreham ferries never spend more than 90 minutes in port at a time.

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37 minutes ago, Jim said:

Cruise ships usually spend most of the day docked whilst the passengers are off invading the local sights - that's not the same case for ferries. Normandie, apart from the one 'missed' sailing a week the ship never really stops for more than a couple of hours. 

Agreed but that still does give them some time to get the brush out. Im just suprised that a premium brand would allow their shps to look so bad.

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