I'll start things off by reporting that Arrow has departed Anchorage on the 21.02.18 at 0600 for Holyhead Port. Arrow entered Holyhead at 1113 and berthed at 1132.
Also, just out of interest, what berth is she currently on in Holyhead?
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Tough old girls are the 'Darwins'. I think they are great ships to sail on. To be honest regardless what anyone thinks of P&O these are really nice vessels. Comfortable ships, and for 2003 their interiors were cutting edge, and in many respects set the standard.Ive seen ships being scrapped looking better than poor old Kent there. The rust around the MES lines is to be expected, but some pretty bad patches on the bow doors there by the looks of things. Hopefully she will get a full repaint. The guys in France on Facebook will probably have pictures in the next couple of days - looks like she is adjacent to Malo Seaways (which appears to still be afloat).
By P&O's own standards the Darwins due replacement in the next few years. It'll be interesting to see what with. Personally I don't think it will be a repeat of the Spirits, but thats just speculation.
European Endeavour should be dry docked in the next few months, anyone want to run a book on what livery she will emerge in ?
Take the monopoly away from the IOMSPco for a start!
Condor should have bought Manannans sister, Bonanza Express (InCat 051).
I'm genuinely surprised they didn't to be honest, considering they couldn't wait to get themselves a Ben-My-ChreeYes, but they also got a bigger Ben-My-Chree :p. It would seem that Liberation is less than optimal for the service. However, it is indicative of the number of reasonably new fast craft available that she was the option taken. Even if Bonanza Express was available, she has passed the 15 year old mark, which in Northern Europe is when these craft tend to start looking for new homes in sunnier waters.
All they did was have more cabins fitted in the design, whereas the Ben was fitted with sufficient cabins for the 3Hrs 30Mins Douglas-Heysham Sailing. I understand Condor operate a long Channel Islands - Portsmouth overnight sailing that requires more cabins.
I don't know if Bonanza Express was available, though Fred Olsen were willing to charter her to EuroFerries. Their logo was even applied to her, but the charter, or sale I can't actually remember which, fell through.The Euroferries operation itself turned out to be a red herring, and it was to be a charter. That was back in 2009, much has changed since then. Had she been available, I'm sure Condor had a look. Again, her age is against her - why replace two ageing craft with another which is a bit bigger?
I get what you mean, though they did buy Condor Rapide and she is one year older than Bonanza Express.
I suppose my whole point is that the IoMSPCo have the best fast craft in ManannanYes, but Rapide was bought back in 2010 when she was 5 years younger. I'd argue the Jonathan Swift was the better fast craft personally...