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Discussion Board / Stena Edda - Voyage report
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:07:59 pm »
Just spotted this on BFE, interesting reading and some very nice photo.

Will only be online for a week as BFE forum closing.

The Merrion Lounge / Farewell BFE Forum
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:04:37 pm »
A note to let everyone know the BFE forum is closing on November 30th

It has been a great resource and full of interesting information on Brittany Ferries and other ferries over the years.

Have a look while you can, when it’s gone it’s gone.

By Andy
It is with regret that after much consideration I have taken the decision to close the BFE website and forum at the end of the month - on 30th November 2021.

Back in 2001, before the advent of social media, BFE was able to bring the latest news and insight into Brittany Ferries. It brought together enthusiasts, travelers, francofiles, and even employees from across the globe who had a common interest in the company and travel to France and Spain.

Now over twenty years on it is incredible to look back at quite what we have achieved together - behind the scenes onboard events (including a particularly memorable Bay of Biscay crossing onboard Bretagne), national press coverage, discounted member day trips, and even helping to restore a route! Lifelong friendships have been forged, marine careers encouraged and of course many beverages consumed!

Fast forward to 2021 and we’ve seen the challenge of the pandemic and Brexit, which have understandably generated much debate. However the number of politically weighted posts and, sadly, mischief makers have made it increasingly challenging to moderate the site whilst encouraging open discussion and trying to maintain a welcoming environment for all.

To the near 7,000 members past and present, thank you for your contribution and support over the years. It’s incredible that over 227,000 posts have been made!  An even bigger thank you goes to the moderation teams, past and present, who have tried to keep the website on an even keel over the years. A special thank you goes to Jim - he’s been here from the beginning and has ensured we kept online behind the scenes. Finally, a big thank you the teams at Brittany Ferries for their support and of course providing the subject matter for discussion, without which BFE wouldn’t have existed.

It is my sincere hope that those who have enjoyed reading and contributing to the site will continue to enjoy traveling to France, Spain and Ireland. Keep safe and well.

à bientôt.

Discussion Board / Interesting comparison of North Channel
« on: September 26, 2021, 07:01:44 pm »
Nice video report on crossing from Scotland to Larne, Belfast to Cairnryan on P&O / Stena services

Discussion Board / Stena Europe- Voyage Report
« on: August 05, 2021, 11:21:13 pm »
Interesting report of a return trip on the Stena Europe posted here

Useful companion is Scott Mackeys excellent photo album of the Stena Europe

The Merrion Lounge / Behind the scenes at Northlink ferries
« on: July 28, 2021, 08:58:56 pm »
Not Irish Sea, but interesting look behind the scenes at Northlink ferries and Aberdeen harbour.

Link posted on Ferries Facebook by Michaël Moons.

Discussion Board / A step back in time - Rosslare Harbour
« on: July 27, 2021, 10:45:31 pm »
Just came across this on YouTube, featuring Commodore John Barry statue, the Leopard and Duke of Rothesay and the old Rosslare boarding system.

Discussion Board / Stena Estrid- Voyage Report
« on: June 28, 2021, 11:06:11 pm »
A very interesting and photo laden report on the Stena Estrids new Holyhead- Belfast service as the most flexible E-Flexer takes on another route. One day we will be allowed to travel again and experience these fabulous new ferries. Until then this is the next best:

Discussion Board / Stena Adventurer - Voyage Report
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:13:09 am »
Nice look at the Stena Adventurer in this blog post, unfortunately not too many people will have experienced the revamped on board offering in the last 18 months !! They have introduced some of the on board concepts from the E-Flexer vessels

You can compare the revamped interior with Scott Mackeys excellent Flickr Album of the Stena Adventurer here:

The News Board / Stena Line Duty Free Sales Up
« on: April 26, 2021, 08:41:00 pm »

No surprise, but given the low levels of traffic, Duty Free sales will be huge when we are allowed to travel again.

The News Board / Set the Sky + BBC ONE 11 am Monday April 26th
« on: April 22, 2021, 10:06:56 pm »
For Ferry Nerds everywhere

Dom takes to the high seas on the crucial ferry link between Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. Can he keep things shipshape, or will he end up all at sea?

Dom Digs in


Monday @ 11 am

Sky Channel 141 / 976

The Merrion Lounge / Dry Dock Las Palmas Style
« on: March 04, 2021, 09:07:12 pm »
Always be learning is something we all need to live by, today reading about the drydocking of the new Madeline II,

something strange about the images in particular the first image meant a trip to the Google which brought me to the YouTube

The most amazing drydock system I have ever seen. Just thought I would share it. Enjoy !

The News Board / Storm Bella
« on: December 26, 2020, 07:32:54 pm »
Stormy weather to end the year

Stena Europe cancelled tonight

Due to stormy conditions several ferries on cruises

Epsilon and W.b Yeats are on cruises to the South and North of Dublin Port

Stena Foreteller on a Wicklow bay cruise

Would imagine safer at sea than in port/ anchorage

The Merrion Lounge / Interislander order two new ferries
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:30:07 pm »
Interislander have signed a letter of intent for two new ferries to replace their current fleet of three, order to be placed with Hyundai Mipo in Korea

Vessels to be replaced include the former Isle of Innisfree - Kaitaki, the former Stena Allegra - Kaiarahi and the purpose built Aratare.

Hyundai are also building the new Isle of Man ferry - Manxman due in 2023.

The Merrion Lounge / Stena RoRo book
« on: December 07, 2020, 08:07:33 pm »
The new book on Stena RoRo published by Breakwater publishing Sweden is now available to order through Ferry Publications

It is also available directly from the publishers

Given the high cost of postage from Sweden it's cheaper through Ferrypubs.

It's from the same team who brought out the fabulous Stena Line - Story of a ferry company

While it won't arrive in time for Christmas, can't think of a better way to start 2021 than with a new ferry book (especially one with over 300 pages)

The News Board / October weather
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:07:31 pm »
The first of October has started with delays to services out of Rosslare today, sailings by Stena Nordica and Isle of Inishmore have experienced major delays this evening, Nordica has only arrived in Rosslare this Evening at 22.00 hours having delayed leaving Fishguard.

Inishmore is outside the Harbour and waiting to dock.

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