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Yes but I think from memory the prices were about the same overall and we wanted to go by sea. It was a cabinless day crossing both ways which I remember cost very little. I think we first used Eurostar about a year later.

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On another theme, I promised to post my picture of BF's Goelo when I found it, and I have done so.  Apologies it is not the best quality. This picture was taken from on board Viking Victory on departu

I was having a bit of a clear out in the spare room yesterday and I found an old photo album belonging to an aunt of my wifes. She had a holiday home on the cliffs in Crosshaven that had a great view

STENA LINE used the linkspan at berths 24/25 in the Empress Dock and the linkspan at berth 30 on the Itchen Quays. The Ocean Dock is a completely different dock. Ocean Dock consists of berth

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19 minutes ago, VikingVoyager said:

I have some of them. In the attic though so not immediately to hand

 

Thank you so much. My first trips to England were on this route, when I was still living in Paris. I unfortunately didn't keep anything

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3 hours ago, Millsy said:

We had an excellent return trip via Le Havre in 1995 when, in my view,  there was nothing really to choose between P&O and BF with P&O actually having the edge in some areas of the passenger experience having used BF a couple of months earlier. The rail connections to Paris were good and very convenient too. Those times seem about right from memory. I do remember also booking the rail tickets via an international ticket sales enterprise being run back then by the Swanage Railway as a fund raiser.

Agreee P&O Le Harve ships did have the edge over Brittany Ferries. Especially 1995 to 2000 before P&O made changes onboard such as reduing the size of the main showbar and adding reclining seats in these areas.

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1 hour ago, Nick Hyde said:

Agreee P&O Le Harve ships did have the edge over Brittany Ferries. Especially 1995 to 2000 before P&O made changes onboard such as reduing the size of the main showbar and adding reclining seats in these areas.

Never did get to travel on the Le Havre ships sadly, but did get to go on the `Stretchies` to Cherbourg. The P and O service was good. We went in the club class lounge on the upper deck, managed by a junior purser and a steward. Plenty of freebies for the crossing and more than happy to facilitate a family visit to the Bridge. Certainly value for money in the mid 90`s..

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We went on out and backs to Cherbourg regularly at that time - there was just time to get to the town centre for a bit of shopping by cutting across the railway lines and through the old red and white gates. It as a lovely day out as was the same on the Superstar Express after she was introduced  (was it as long ago as 2000, I'm getting so old)  - give me an Austal any time.

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30 minutes ago, Millsy said:

We went on out and backs to Cherbourg regularly at that time - there was just time to get to the town centre for a bit of shopping by cutting across the railway lines and through the old red and white gates. It as a lovely day out as was the same on the Superstar Express after she was introduced  (was it as long ago as 2000, I'm getting so old)  - give me an Austal any time.

I helped with a primary school French day trip to Cherbourg twice and once to Caen when son #2 was that age. Teacher, her husband, five mothers and me. Very nice Christian school. Kids shop at market and in shops for picnic lunch. I slip a couple of bottles of red and some disposable glasses into my bag. No adult ever refused when I poured.

Teacher was handicapped and pre walked a route, knowing kids would manage. Cité de la Mer, War museum up on the hill, castle etc in Caen.

Yes, some honking on the return after kids over indulgences.

Happy days.

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I don't remember the year but on one occasion we had Sunday lunch in St Vaast at the France en Fuschias Hotel. The timings allowed us to drive from Surrey to Portsmouth, fast ferry to Cherbourg and on to St Vaast. As I recall we didn't get home too late either! Happy days!

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15 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

I don't remember the year but on one occasion we had Sunday lunch in St Vaast at the France en Fuschias Hotel. The timings allowed us to drive from Surrey to Portsmouth, fast ferry to Cherbourg and on to St Vaast. As I recall we didn't get home too late either! Happy days!

I recall doing very similar with my Dad in the days of P&O - happy memories. 

We also once drove from Somerset to Wissant via the tunnel with some Australian exchange students to prove a point you could have lunch in another country.

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I was in my first ever car crash in Cherbourg. We got a taxi from the ferry terminal into the town. Whilst the driver was pointing out some attraction he never realised the car in front of him had stopped and duly ran into the back of it. We sailed on the Superstar Express outbound which was a pretty rough crossing then came back on the Pride of Bilbao. 

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On 28/07/2020 at 21:03, LHCity said:

I am looking for the schedules of the P&O 1995> 2005 in Le Havre / Portsmouth. If anyone has them?

From my brochure collection the schedules were:-

1995

Dep Portsmouth 0800, 1445 and 2230

Dep Le Havre 0830, 1630 and 2300

 

1996

Dep Portsmouth 0800, 1445 and 2230

Dep Le Havre 0830, 1600 and 2300

 

2003

Dep Portsmouth 0730, 1500 and 2230

Dep Le Havre 0830, 1550 and 2330

 

2005

Dep Portsmouth 0830, 1530 and 2230

Dep Le Havre 0930, 1630 and 2330

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Love how the captain couldn't retain eye contact when asked if she was a good sea boat. I doubt she was, this template of KEH vessels rarely were for open water sailing although a couple of minor tweaks were made to the design compared to her sister Prince of Fundy/Prince of Brittany/Reine Mathilde. From what we can see on board she retained her sister's Scandinavian interior design too, down to the smorgasbord.

In Le Havre we see the Mikhail Lermontov, sister to the current, just about, Marko Polo, which sank spectacularly on a cruise in New Zealand waters in the '80s.

Great video, thanks for posting.

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23 hours ago, hhvferry said:

 

In Le Havre we see the Mikhail Lermontov, sister to the current, just about, Marko Polo, which sank spectacularly on a cruise in New Zealand waters in the '80s.

Great video, thanks for posting.

Regular route Le Havre / Leningrad

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Looks like a close sister also to the Mikhael Kalinen on which I sailed Tilbury to Leningrad in1961.

My hearing is not too good. Did the captain really say that the ferry can stop, from full speed, in one and a half lengths? Sounds impressive to my layman's ears.

 

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18 hours ago, hhvferry said:

Stena Line's blog occasionally has some gems. Here's an appraisal of the Stena Olympica, which became the Scotia Prince and was a sister to Irish Ferries' Saint Killian II.

The coolest thing afloat in the early 1970s.

https://blogg.stenaline.se/ombord/sagan-om-stena-olympica/#.Xy2-6hJ7mHs

Bild på Stena Olympica

Hytt på stena olympica

Restaurang Olympos

Pub Munchen ombord på Stena Olympica

Went on her as Scotia Prince in 1994 from Portland to Yarmouth (Canada). Great ship.

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19 hours ago, Nick Hyde said:

Went on her as Scotia Prince in 1994 from Portland to Yarmouth (Canada). Great ship.

What was that like? That route was an almost unique genuine north American cruise-ferry operation; I visited her in Genoa in 2006 and she seemed to have pretty extensive casino areas.

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9 hours ago, hhvferry said:

What was that like? That route was an almost unique genuine north American cruise-ferry operation; I visited her in Genoa in 2006 and she seemed to have pretty extensive casino areas.

Yes Scotia Prince had a massive casino area. Also a busy show lounge with dance acts and a large restaurant. Minimal cafeteria with just a token tiny burger come sandwich counter. Tried to act like a cruise ship serving paid for cocktails on top deck. I understand in later years hot tubs were installed on the sun deck!

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In terms of other cruise ferry services from USA, Stena Line also ran a cruise ferry from Seattle to Victoria on Vancouver Island in 1990 using an ex 1960s European cruise ferry. They took over BC Steamship Co with their cruise ferry come casino concept lasting just one year.

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By the way Stena Line Victoria to Seattle. I travelled on the older Vancouver Island Princess in 1990. Wished I travelled on her cruise ferry running mate as shown in this advert. Stena Line stopped operating the route in late 1990.

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10 hours ago, Nick Hyde said:

In terms of other cruise ferry services from USA, Stena Line also ran a cruise ferry from Seattle to Victoria on Vancouver Island in 1990 using an ex 1960s European cruise ferry. They took over BC Steamship Co with their cruise ferry come casino concept lasting just one year.

Not just any ex European ferry either but the former Patricia, built for the Southampton-Bilbao route, one of the trio of beautiful mini liners built in Gothenburg for Swedish Lloyd & Svea Line. 

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Naming day in Ulstein in 1964 for Stena's very first purpose-built ship, the Poseidon.

https://ulstein.com/news-100/2017/had-to-get-poseidon-ready-for-khrusjtsjov#

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What a career this little ship had, surely one of the most influential of all post-war passenger ships.

- The first purpose-built ship for Stena Line, she established the link between Stena and the naval architects Knud E Hansen which would change the shape of ferries across the world

- Pretty much her maiden crossing was carrying Nikita Khrushchev on a tour of Gothenburg harbour

- First ship to offer tax-free shopping cruises from Stockholm to Mariehamn, establishing the market which would become the most important in the global ferry industry

- Became Brittany Ferries first passenger ship/the first passenger ship on the Plymouth-Roscoff route*

- Was used as Norfolk Line's first passenger ship

- Ended a swashbuckling career when, in 2006 and acting as a troop transport, she was intercepted by the Tamil Tigers and heavily damaged in the Battle of Point Pedro

 

 

* - she had been bought by Vedettes Armoricaines but the demand for space on the Kerisnel saw her brought her onto the Roscoff route with BAI acting as agents

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