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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 02, 2019, 09:59:02 pm »
IF could be running 1 a day Ireland France at the moment to cover the Brittany Ferries debacle.
Oscar would have been kept busy.
On a side note, hauliers not too happy that there only a Cherbourg Dublin every second Sunday because of the daily rotation now, where as the WB YEATS didn't sail from Dublin on a Monday until last week.
Up until then there was a Cherbourg Dublin every Sunday.
But like every other ferry company, trucks come second in the busy tourist season, but are very welcome when things quiten off...

The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:05:51 pm »
Jesus, that's though.
A fine ship.
I've been on WB Yeats a few times now.
Not a patch on Oscar.

Discussion Board / Re: BF Pont Aven Cancellations
« on: June 01, 2019, 02:53:30 pm »
No, I didn't have any ferry booking made.
Due to work commitments I didn't know if we could stay until the Wednesday or Friday, and when I went to book IF for the Friday,  all cabins were booked.
Stena on Friday are the same.
I rang IF and was told it was due to Brittany Ferry transfers.
They did say to call back as often as I want as cabins do become available due to people altering their travel
But if the ship is that full, I just don't want to be on it anyway.
So I booked for Wednesday.
Plus if there are no alternative direct ferries, they will have to offer you Landbridge through UK.
PITA ,but will get you there.
If you cancel yourself, you have little chance of getting a refund, and you must then find another route to your destination.

Discussion Board / Re: BF Pont Aven Cancellations
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:26:05 pm »
Have a read of that.
This is why you should not cancel.
They expect customers to make a claim on their travel insurance.
Handy way out for Brittany Ferries.

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:17:09 pm »
I just posted on Discussion Board about this.
Affecting people In Ireland and France at the moment.

Discussion Board / Re: BF Pont Aven Cancellations
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:13:41 pm »
Dont cancel.
They must provide you with alternative sailings.
I'm on holiday in France at the minute, and tried last Monday to book IF Cherbourg Dublin for 7th June, but every cabin booked due to Brittany Ferry transfers  (this is what I was told).  Stena is the same situation.
We are on IF Cherbourg Dublin Wednesday 5th, cutting our holiday 2 days short, not a major issue, as people are in worse predicaments.

The News Board / Re: WB YEATS Dublin Bound
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:58:14 pm »
Still in the bar, and we are sailing away from Cherbourg.
The vibration is constant.
Very uncomfortable indeed.

The News Board / Re: Amorique arriving Cork this evening
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:47:38 pm »
Probably my favourite Ferry Company.
Spotless ships in every way.
Best food I have ever got on a ferry.
We freight drivers get 50% off in the restaurant when we produce our cabin key, so a good feed, bottle of red and desert comes in at under  €10.
Was on the Bretagne last night Portsmouth to St Malo.
Ship was full, great live music and magician, 4 acts in total until midnight.
Cabin, again shared with 1 other, clean, great shower.
Cabins for freight drivers on this ship are on deck 1, which is either on or just below the waterline, so quiet, perfect nights sleep.

The News Board / Re: WB YEATS Dublin Bound
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:35:32 pm »
On it now.
Just left Cherbourg.
I've never experienced vibrations like it when we left the berth sideways, to turn around.
My pint of lager  (€6) very nearly made its own way off the table.
Fine ship, cabin ok,2 of us freight drivers sharing, but everything is very dull, carpets, walls and so on.
Bar is bright and airy though, with comfortable seats, nice view out over the bow, but expensive.
Id much prefer the Oscar Wilde,  but alas,  that ship has sailed !.

The News Board / Re: P&O Fleet Movements
« on: March 31, 2019, 12:33:05 pm »
Personally I would prefer this than sharing a cabin with up to 3 other drivers,  or the dreaded economie Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Spain ,where at peak times there are 6 to a cabin.
Oscar Wilde is a great ferry to travel on as a freight driver, as we always get a cabin to ourselves.
Seatruck, DFDS and Cobelfret  freight ships take 12 drivers, and nearly always 1 person to a cabin.
Makes all the difference, get a good nights sleep and be fresh for the next days driving. 

The News Board / Re: P&O Fleet Movements
« on: March 30, 2019, 10:39:43 pm »
I was on the 07.30 out of Cairnryan last Sunday morning, and as I had been on the road since 2am, I really needed a sleep.
There's a room with reclining seats for freight drivers, but very uncomfortable, I slept for 1 hour because of sheer tiredness,  but woke with a sore lower back and stiff neck.
I watched a travel programme about China during the week, and they have Pod Hotels, where you can rent a capsule for the night, basically a dormitory with enclosed sleeping quarters, and thought to myself ,wouldnt that be a great idea on the ferries.
I don't travel over the top too often, thankfully.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:49:59 pm »
Bit of a bad situation when a ship spends a month in dry dock, and then have a major malfunction.
All good now though.
She nearly back on track.
45 minutes or so late leaving Rosslare tonight.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:06:12 pm »
Thats my first post by the way.
Frequent traveller as I'm a truck driver, so any first hand information, I will pass on.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:04:27 pm »
Inishmore departed Rosslare this morning 10.22 and returned after 2 hours due to stabilizer issues according to Captain Burns.
Rolled a nice bit In heavy seas before turning back to Rosslare.
We will asess any damage before access to the vehicle decks was the next announcement.
No damage thankfully, and we all drove off to await the 20.45 departure tonight, which went on time.
My trailer went direct to France this afternoon, and I went home, happily.

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