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Discussion Board / Re: Irish Ferries 2022 Timetable
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:57:55 am »
Looks like there is a direct service to France all through the winter with WBY off the run during January.

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The News Board / Re: Fishguard Rosslare service history
« on: October 01, 2021, 09:07:58 am »
Wasn't quite sure where to locate this historical item but this seems a reasonable spot.

1991 RTE report from the Stena Felicity running into bad weather.

https://www.rte.ie/archives/2021/0825/1242788-sealink-ferry-felicity/

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The News Board / Re: Calais Seaways
« on: September 23, 2021, 07:36:13 am »
Interesting points made there. But would IF have the financial firepower to buy out P and O's Dover Calais route?

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The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: August 26, 2021, 08:21:04 am »
ICG half yearly report [2021] notes that there will be an additional ship added to this route in the autumn as IF Pete correctly predicted. One can't help but wonder how viable this route will be? Will IF be able to obtain sufficient market share to make it profitable? Can IF really take on Eurotunnel, P and O and DFDS?

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Discussion Board / Re: Stena Europe- Voyage Report
« on: August 07, 2021, 09:53:57 am »
Went out on the Europe on the Monday before the lockdown in March 2020, I think it was the 9th. There were a good few chaps heading to Cheltenham. There was a rather uneasy feeling on the ship, nobody really knew about social distancing, infected surfaces etc. Did a couple of days walking on the coastal path and returned on the Wednesday. I recall sitting in the minibus that brought us from the ship to the harbour complex in Rosslare and thinking was it wise to be so close to other people? Well the world has turned and we have learned a lot since, ferries seem to manage social distancing pretty well and meanwhile Stena Europe goes on largely untroubled.

Thanks giftgrub for the link to the report. Brought back fond memories of travelling on the Normandy and having a few pints in that huge bar/ entertainment section, happy days.

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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: July 26, 2021, 07:22:35 am »
Both self service and main restaurants were open. The food was good. Ship berthed on time in Roscoff at 7am. We cleared security at 8.20. Admittedly we were one of the last cars off however passports, Covid certs and the statement that one didn't have symptoms of Covid were all checked assiduously.

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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: July 24, 2021, 05:10:56 pm »
Sitting in the bar of the Pont Aven as it edges out to sea. Loading was quite slow as passports, tickets, covid cert were all checked. Ship is about one third full, nearly all Irish although I saw one German car and a couple of French ones. Mask wearing indoors is 100%. It just feels so good to be back to some form of normal.

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The News Board / Re: Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: July 22, 2021, 08:18:47 am »
Can't see this route on the Stena website. Is that the end so?

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The News Board / Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:03:33 am »
Thought I was seeing things when I read this or perhaps that it was April 1st. But it appears Stena is going to run the Estrid to Belfast at weekends until the 18th July.

 Now what would be the logic of this move?

https://www.niferry.co.uk/stena-to-introduce-new-temporary-belfast-holyhead-route/

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The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: June 14, 2021, 08:40:56 am »
IOI commences Dover-Calais service on June 29th doing 5 round trips a day. Average cost for car plus 1 is 100 pounds or so for a one way trip. That sounds a but pricey to me but perhaps it's par for the course?

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I wonder will IF offer a land bridge product where one can book straight through from Ireland to Calais with IF? I suppose crucially will it be cheaper than the current landbridge offers?

Somehow I reckon IF will have it's work cut out to make this new venture work, they are entering a crowded market, what do they have that is distinctive?

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:57:23 pm »
Dublin Swift is back on the IF booking engine from May 25th.

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:31:13 pm »
Not sure exactly where it is located but the webcam in the Dock gives a good view of the berth.

http://www.pembrokeweather.org.uk/webcam.asp

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:23:03 am »
Mega Express 4 has left our shores. She is currently off Cornwall heading for Genoa. Such are the strictures of lockdown I never got to see her or travel on her but she seems to have done a pretty good job.

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The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:17:57 pm »
Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?

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