Brest is 600 KM and at least 6 hours by rail from Paris .Less than 4 hours by TGV, not much more than from Cherbourg.
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I am a fan of the P&O brand, but the steady flagging out and outsourcing has become very notable.Firstly the P&O ships reflagged since the referendum were flagged to Cyprus, not the Bahamas.
First it was Pandoro vessels which received Bermuda (Hamilton) status, then when Pandoro and P&O European Ferries (Larne) merged to form P&O Irish Sea, all vessels were moved to either Bermuda or Bahamas register.
Then Pride of Bilbao was moved to Nassau. As this was a charter vessel, not much fuss was made.
Next was P&O's North Sea vessels - Pride of Hull and Pride of York (Norsea) transferring to Bahamas registry. Dutch counterparts (POR and POB) remained registered in Netherlands.
And finally with Brexit, P&O stated their intention of moving Spirit of Britain (Current flagship) and Spirit of France to Cypriot registry. When no adverse press coverage occurred, P&O decided to move all remaining UK flagged vessels to the Cypriot registry.
The result is P&O have not one vessel under the UK flag. It would be sad, but Stena may well use the P&O strategy.
I am also skeptical about Stena's reasons. P&O Ferries choose to flag most of its fleet in the Bahamas (Nassau) - not in the EU! Likewise Norbay has operated for years out of Dublin with Hamilton (Bermuda) as her homeport, with no operational problems.
This could also be the start of agency / outsourced crews (similar to Irish Ferries / Matrix model)being deployed at Stena.
It will be interesting to see the reaction. Not much fuss made when W.B. Yeats arrived with a Cypriot flag, guess Stena were observing and are anticipating little or no negative coverage.
From the pictures I wouldn't consider Stena Estrid outstanding. As for interior comfort and styling, I think W.B. Yeats easily beats Estrid. It looks like Stena went to IKEA and got lots of cheap, hard and nasty seating. That being said she is a very impressive vessel. Certainly her sister will be a big success for Birkenhead / Liverpool operation. First real passenger ferry for the route, rather than a freighter.
Great to finally see Galloway Princess sailing again! Does this mean all 4 Saint Class ships are in operation, as the former St Christopher is also alive again, albeit with a shocking yellow paint job!No the European Star isn't in service, although she is in Brindisi I think they are continuing to work on her there for now.
Baleria, Aramas, GNV and Moby would be ideal buyers for SFXBalearia and Armas maybe although hard to say with existing newbuilding plans that they would want her.
I guess TT line are panicing , Irish Ferries are saying nothing.I doubt anyone is panicking. Spirit of Tasmania can keep their existing pretty modern ships running as long as they need to.
Again... confusing... shop is on deck 11 BUT only accessible by stairs on Deck 10 with no 'signage' to indicate this !I agree with some of the things you say but feel you may have gone out of your way to find offence.
Some chat now that the OW will be replacing the Kriti 1 which is on a one year charter to GNV (from SNAV) at a cost of €20k per day.Kriti I is chartered from ANEK. I'd find that a surprising switch TBH - certainly the Civitavecchia-Termini route probably needs the Kriti's rather more substantial freight capacity more whereas the OW is better suited to a tourist route.