Something we haven’t touched on is that we now have a situation were already inconvenienced passengers which transferred to EPSILON’s France sailing are now being cancelled at quite short notice. Those opting for the land bridge instead are also potentially affected as well of course.
While there may be space at Rosslare, it’s still a lot of inconvenience for those affected to have to travel to Rosslare, especially those who are travelling to Wales who find themselves literally the other side of Wales to where they intended to be! It also strikes me that if people are still simply able to be switched to Rosslare to France then the future doesn’t look great for that route if there is so much space available in mid-July!! After all, Oscar is now taking the traffic from the cancelled sailings of two other vessels! Of course we don’t know that they are being simply switched to Oscar, but if they aren’t then IF’s competitors are getting a great opportunity to poach their future repeat custom. One cancellation is one thing, having it done twice (or in the case of some, more) is quite another. At the end of the day people want to get to their destination when planned first and foremost.