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We literally got back from France last night on Armorique into Plymouth, having gone over on the Pont two and a half weeks ago. We were visiting our new holiday home in the Lot et garonne for the first time and had loads of house stuff to do. We enjoyed both crossings, but we have a few comments. Pont Aven was fine but deserted; I find it mind boggling that these ferries are running on such low capacity. Is this choice by BF or a lack of uptake. Probably both. The food on the PA self service was dreadful when we left Plymouth; looked like it had been sat there all day. Our return on Armorique explained why this is! About 2 hours before getting to Plymouth the restaurant opened to what customers there were, and they had stacks of food. My guess is they cook up enough for the return to Roscoff.

I must say i find it baffling that on our return through France life seemed relatively normal, apart from the obvious mask wearing. We stopped in nantes overnight, and went to Pornic for the evening which was beautiful but absolutely rammed with people with packed restaurants and bars. You get to Roscoff and likewise we had lunch in a packed village with loads of normality, but we get to the ferry and numbers are heavily down, bars are shut and there is almost a one way system around the whole ship (my wife commented that she wouldn't want to remove all the sticky taped arrows when life does go back to some normality!). Our feeling was that it was complete overkill by BF and that in many respects it must all be costing them a fortune. You can fly on a full plane to France, but go on a ferry and you see a handful of people. Is it a staffing issue?

What are the reasons for not allowing cyclists and foot passengers? Surely now we have got to a stage where they could be accomodated on board with little or no increased risk?

As usual what service there was was superb, helpful staff, good deals in the shops, pretty quick on and off (although Plymouth was slow last night due to contact forms needing to be read), cabins were great as usual, But I gotta say it was eerie seeing the car decks with only a handful of cars in them. Very strange.

Well done Brittany ferries, roll on when some normality returns.

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With rising infection rates, surely BE practice is better than jam packed bars in Pornic. The battle is a long way from being won.

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As Muppetdodger said you can go on a packed plane but a ferry with all the space is half empty.  Are BF covering themselves?  Don't want people saying they caught Covid on a ferry.

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Don't want anyone contracting Covid-19 on board perhaps.

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I think most if not all operators are following WHO guidelines with regards to capacity and safety measures, wether that’s fair with regards to packed planes is another mater , personally as I don’t fly I don’t care.

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2 hours ago, muppetdodger said:

We literally got back from France last night on Armorique into Plymouth, having gone over on the Pont two and a half weeks ago. We were visiting our new holiday home in the Lot et garonne for the first time and had loads of house stuff to do. We enjoyed both crossings, but we have a few comments. Pont Aven was fine but deserted; I find it mind boggling that these ferries are running on such low capacity. Is this choice by BF or a lack of uptake. Probably both. The food on the PA self service was dreadful when we left Plymouth; looked like it had been sat there all day. Our return on Armorique explained why this is! About 2 hours before getting to Plymouth the restaurant opened to what customers there were, and they had stacks of food. My guess is they cook up enough for the return to Roscoff.

I must say i find it baffling that on our return through France life seemed relatively normal, apart from the obvious mask wearing. We stopped in nantes overnight, and went to Pornic for the evening which was beautiful but absolutely rammed with people with packed restaurants and bars. You get to Roscoff and likewise we had lunch in a packed village with loads of normality, but we get to the ferry and numbers are heavily down, bars are shut and there is almost a one way system around the whole ship (my wife commented that she wouldn't want to remove all the sticky taped arrows when life does go back to some normality!). Our feeling was that it was complete overkill by BF and that in many respects it must all be costing them a fortune. You can fly on a full plane to France, but go on a ferry and you see a handful of people. Is it a staffing issue?

What are the reasons for not allowing cyclists and foot passengers? Surely now we have got to a stage where they could be accomodated on board with little or no increased risk?

As usual what service there was was superb, helpful staff, good deals in the shops, pretty quick on and off (although Plymouth was slow last night due to contact forms needing to be read), cabins were great as usual, But I gotta say it was eerie seeing the car decks with only a handful of cars in them. Very strange.

Well done Brittany ferries, roll on when some normality returns.

The bars down here in the Med (Cavalaire sur Mer last night) were pretty busy as were the icecream stalls. I didn't see any mass congregations but people were getting quite close on the quayside. We had our masks on when in those areas but moved away from the crowds and removed then to enjoy our icecreams. Ed. 

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