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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.

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The Merrion Lounge / Re: Superfast IX charter renewed
« on: July 28, 2019, 04:33:35 PM »
Baleria, Aramas, GNV and Moby would be ideal buyers for SFX
Balearia and Armas maybe although hard to say with existing newbuilding plans that they would want her.
GNV operate exclusively overnight and she's now effectively a day ship so not really suited unless they want to do a load of work.
Moby have no money and are looking to sell rather than buy.

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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:53:22 PM »
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.

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Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:51:05 AM »
Cost per combined passenger and freight unit will be lower when she is full.
WBY would have to be going some to be more cost efficient than a Visentini.

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Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:51:02 PM »
WBY has more power than epsilon and comfortably makes the voyage.
At what price in higher fuel costs?

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 07, 2019, 07:48:15 AM »
How could the Irish government legally provide any "support" to a private sector company which operates in competition with othe private sector companies? And why would they bother given the company's approach to flagging out and foreign crews?

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:41:42 PM »
The ship's design isn't perfect in some ways (those awards were mostly won without the awarders actually having been on the ship). The main central section doesn't quite work as well as it could and is a bit austere when you're sat amongst it. The formal restaurant, upper bar and Club area though are good in most parts. The standard cabins are a bit underwhelming.

New ships often take time to win people over. I don't think she'll ever be a firm favourite for me given her awkward looks and slightly compromised interior - but give it 20 years and we'll be arranging farewell trips on the faithful old Yeats before she is replaced by Oscar Wilde 2.

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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:02:39 PM »
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.

As for the shop - how clear does it need to be?
FWIW it's also accessible by lift.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 03, 2019, 08:48:31 PM »
It's purely the way it's been financed. IF will not have an option to recall the ship - that's somewhat wishful/delusional thinking.
The Stena Baltica was sold in the same way to the same group.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: June 01, 2019, 08:42:25 PM »
The GNV Allegra, from Shipfriends


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Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Restaurants
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:14:41 PM »
I was also on the WBY last weekend - on a pretty busy sailing there were eight covers for dinner at the inflated price, not including us.

The self service dinner was plentiful but of middling quality. We also took breakfast in the restaurant and that was fine.

Came back to the UK on the Mont St Michel where dinner in the restaurant was of a high quality and approximately half the price of the IF menu.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:00:03 AM »
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.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:39:22 PM »
If I had a hat, I'd eat it if IF were to buy the Stena Spirit or Stena Vision. They're well maintained (ish) but are effectively date back to the 1970s.

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The News Board / Re: Oscar Wilde sale agreed
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:21:43 PM »
Initial indications are that Oscar Wilde will operate for GNV between Genoa and Olbia this summer, the same route as the Moby Drea and Otta.

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The News Board / Re: WB Yeats Interior Pics
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:44:54 PM »
I am sure everyone will know this, W.B. Yeats has being voted Best ferry of the year 2019  source https://www.niferry.co.uk . Maybe we are being over critical and picky . I have being on board her many times and I have to say she is a very  nice clean modern ship .it may take a bit of getting used to .
The ship is way ahead of her predecessor and there is no comparison to the Jaded Oscar wilde, Lets face it the Oscar is very old and TVs showers etc were broken in a lot of cabins . Ulysses for me was the  ship in her day when she was new and in my books way nicer. I still think her lines are far nicer than the yeats .There is nothing wrong with the W.B. and I look forward to travelling on her at some stage .
Whilst I quite like the Yeats can I be super snarky and wonder aloud a) if the people making the awards have travelled on the Yeats (I know for a fact at least one of the awarding companies haven't) or b) how many of the other significant new builds delivered in the past year they've been on to compare her against (Kitakami, Sunflower Satsuma?).

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