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Cabin7000 Cap Finisterre lights question


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Once again we are booked into cabin 7000, centre front on the Cap Finisterre. This is the 3rd time we’ve been allocated this cabin; it seems to have our name on it. Its a standard outside cabin that appears to fill the gap between adjacent Commodore cabins.

Just below the window there is a notice, in 3 languages:

At night, for navigation safety reasons, curtains must be kept closed or lights switched off.

Given that the ship is lit up like a Christmas tree at night I can’t imagine that the small amount of light escaping from cabin 7000’s window would make a lot of difference. BF’s, when asked, reiterated the “ navigation safety” reason.

Does anyone have any idea why it should be so important ? Are the same notices in the adjacent cabins or any other forward facing cabins ? Obviously we do as we are told but we are curious as to why.

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Two points.  Firstly, whilst it is true that there are lots of lights generally, they are not forward-facing.  The forward-facing windows have to be blacked out at night to avoid swamping the vessel’s navigation lights.  This is an extremely important safety requirement for collision avoidance with other vessels.  The same notice is in all the forward-facing cabins.  Colin’s remarks about compromising the night vision of the watchkeepers on the bridge are also very important.

Secondly, if you don’t like the cabin you’ve been allocated, give BF a ring and ask for another one.  They will tell you what is available in the same category of cabin, and others if you wish.

In passing, it is also worth noting that CF does not have Commodore cabins.  

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Gareth is quite right re the navigation lights. In most ships they are actually quite dim compared with other illumination so it is vital that they can be distinguished from ahead as this indicates the course of the approaching vessel. (and whether it might hit you!)

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Thank you all, that’s much clearer and makes sense. We like cabin 7000 because it is forward facing and, having done one extremely stormy crossing in it, doesn’t seem to be as prone to the awful corkscrew churning motion of sideways facing cabins. I’ve always assumed the adjacent cabins were Commodore after ( accidentally) kicking a used breakfast tray outside one of them. 

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Yes, and the effects of that will be particularly problematic given the large area of reflective white on CF’s foredeck.

It takes about half an hour for night vision to be established, and an instant for it to be destroyed.  So even a quick flash of light forwards will compromise the ability of the watchkeepers to see outside for a good half hour.

The premium cabins on CF are indeed called deluxes.  In truth they are at least as nice as the commodores on Bretagne and Normandie, but I suspect that BF was comparing with Spanish running mate Pont Aven when naming them, and they don’t come up to PA commodore standard.  (It’s debatable whether they are even as good as PA’s deluxes, but that’s another issue!).  They are a very different design from the premium cabins in the purpose-built fleet, and are not family-friendly.  They just contain a double bed.  So great for couples without children.  But there are no family-friendly premium cabins on CF.

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