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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: February 24, 2020, 07:36:43 PM »
Stena Adventurer has been a while in Falmouth. Is she having major work done?

Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:50:57 AM »
In the light of the news from Rosslare regarding Brittany Ferries moving in and the sense that things are moving there I took a look at their website. Unfortunately no improvements here, it still lists Oscar Wilde as operating from the port.

Time for an upgrade?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 26, 2020, 10:32:52 AM »
Ulysses three weeks in Gdansk now. Any word /pictures of the work in progress?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:04:35 AM »
Interesting to compare the adherence to schedule of IF's WB Yeats and Isle of Inishmore. WB has managed to stick more or less to schedule over the recent windy episodes. IOI has not, it has been cancelled frequently [as it is today]. Now accepting that the wave heights have been considerably higher on the southern corridor, it does make one consider that a the Dublin-Holyhead route is much more reliable than the southern route in winter. One other point is that Stena Europe has ventured out on some occasions while IOI has remained in port.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:07:06 PM »
Took a day trip to Fishguard last Tuesday, at 7 euro its good value. I thought that Stena Europe was looking good, the windows are replaced, the interior of the ship is spruce and she performed well in choppy seas. Met a chap who said he had been on the ship when it hit the wall while docking in Rosslare he suggested the ship swayed alarmingly but was otherwise not badly impaired.

On another subject with all this talk of scrubbers for the IF ships why wasn't Stena Europe fitted with scrubbers when she had her life enhancing refit?

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: November 04, 2019, 03:58:15 PM »
Had text & emails fro BF Thursday afternoon to say Pont Aven sailing 1500 Friday (not 2030). Did some quick last minute shopping, and checked out of holiday accommodation early Friday. En route more info from BF to say now sailing even earlier and we did at 1400 French time. Not too bad a crossing as we ran ahead of the storm. A bit bumpy up until midnight, but docked in Ringaskiddy at 0230. We got a good night's sleep as embarkation didn't start until 0800. Home early. Didn't notice until later that those on IF Epsilon not so lucky. She sailed at 1630 Friday but anchored of Sidmouth until 0800 Saturday and not expected Dublin until 0800 on Sunday.

Different approaches to tackling the oncoming storm. What factors drive these decisions and who makes them? The Master of the ship or the company?

Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: October 08, 2019, 08:18:35 AM »
Going on thread title I just thought I'd add this in - Travelled late September on the WB to Cherbourg - the sailing was delayed both ways unfortunately by as much as 8 hours going out - It was only my second time on the WB Yeats but I have traveled to France frequently on the Oscar Wilde in the past.  I have never experienced such a rough crossing, in all the times I've travelled and that includes winter storms.  The ship just doesn't seem able to cope in high seas and there were literally items flying around the cabin - It looks like the WB Yeats has been taken off route from now until March, I wonder is it simply because the ship isn't suitable for this journey?

I am not sure I agree. I experienced WBY taking on 3--3.5 metre waves in a near gale and I thought she coped very well.On a related topic  I have often wondered how it is possible to accurately model the stability of a ship at design stage.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: October 08, 2019, 08:14:33 AM »
Is it wise for IF to pause the purchase of Hull 777 in light of the Brexit tribulations? All the talk of setting up Rosslare to Le Havre and Cork-Spain suggests that serious measures will be taken to increase direct services. However there is only a finite amount of traffic to go round. Might Dublin- Holyhead be oversupplied with new capacity in 2021?

Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: August 18, 2019, 08:56:25 AM »
Came back on the WBY from Cherbourg to Dublin on Friday night, our  third trip on the ship. This was the first trip in rough[ish] weather. There was a gale blowing up the channel so most people ate early and retired to their cabins. Sea state was 3 metres + going down to Lands End and quite choppy going around the tip of England. The ship handled the sea pretty well, there was an occasional sigh from the bow as it headed into a high wave and a comforting roll but everything was very manageable, I think the ship is designed well from that point of view.

Regarding the on board facilites it is all rather open plan which you either like or don't like. Personally I preferred the Oscar Wilde's separate bars and eateries.

In terms of what we liked: the twin level loading worked well, a lot of motor vans and cars were loaded in an hour flat.The ship is easy to navigate and does not get so crowded  especially during the race for the car decks when embarkation is announced. The Wild Swans eatery is quiet and more intimate than the cafe and the Boylan's Brasserie. The cabins are well appointed and designed and fine for two-I cannot comment on having four in such a confined space.

What we didn't like was the bar- basically an L shaped corridor, the aforementioned open plan design of deck 10 and the grey decor with the carpets that have been commented upon by others.

The ship arrived on time despite the weather and embarcation was straightforward. One further point occurred to me; back in 2007 I recall the Normandy running late on account of the adverse wind and tides in the English channel, the WBY seems to have much more powerful engines so that it can compensate for such things.

All in all a very acceptable if quite expensive  trip.

Discussion Board / Re: W B Yeats Disappointment
« on: July 18, 2019, 02:55:36 PM »
While I can see the point that a WiFi system can be overwhelmed by all the connections in a full ship, I think that if a service is provided it should be capable of meeting that demand. Or is that not technically feasible?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: July 08, 2019, 04:16:46 PM »
A smaller more fuel efficient ship?

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 23, 2019, 09:22:33 AM »
How is Stena Nordica coping with the summer rush?

Discussion Board / Re: Investment at Rosslare Europort
« on: June 11, 2019, 08:58:44 PM »
Is the 1 hour difference between WBY and Stena Horizon because  WBY is a faster ship?

Discussion Board / Re: My Rosslare Ferry Photos
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:21:16 PM »
I like the pictures.

They offer a chance to look again at Nordica. She may be quite small but she doesn't look like a floating tower block and there is an undeniable elegance about her design.

The News Board / Re: WB YEATS Dublin Bound
« on: May 05, 2019, 12:09:43 PM »
W B Yeats docks bow first in both Cherbourg and Dublin. Is there a reason she doesn't use the stern ramps?

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