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Morocco Overland: From the Atlas to the Sahara - 4WD, Motorcycle, Van, Mountain Bike

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New Ferry Service UK to Spain

Finally some competition again for Brittany Ferries

Poole - Santander starts 3rd November

Leaving Poole on Tuesdays and Saturdays and returning from Santander on Thursdays and Sundays

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Hello, Norman Asturias!

That's great news! Brittany have had it their own way for too long. We were being quoted over a grand last year for late bookings. Let's see how their pricing goes for 2014.
Hopefully, they'll respond to phone bookings "Well, I can get that crossing a lot cheaper with LD Lines..."


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Thanks for the heads up twenty4seven. Just as we thought our trip was planned out and we were geared up for the long drive too hehehehehe....

Flexibility is key.

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Fantastic news after the farce boarding Brittany ferries in Santander tonight. 20:30 sailing has only just finished loading.

Apparently the highly professional staff take advantage of the clocks changing tonight and said why do thy need to leave on time

Bad enough heading home anyway without attitude like that
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Well we did it and recently got back. It is cheap and the boat is well kept with nice staff. The thing is the boat is a boat and not really a ship. It is really small and the crossing was really rough. In total it took 28 hours and 80% of the people on the boat were puking due to the boats size. Not great if you have small kids traveling with you so we drove back.
The s were reasonable in the bar though

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Even the QM2 will get tossed around in the bay of Biscay. Coming back from South Africa when I was a kid we'd been on the boat for something like 3 weeks and I was still sick as a dog going through. Was ready for it first time I took the bike to Spain though- Seabands on my wrists (do they work?) and travel pill in my belly I was just about the only person in the restaurant for dinner ;-)
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Bloody stupid schedule on that LD ship- why dump you in Poole at half eleven at night? Even arriving in Spain at seven isn't ideal- by the time you've got off the ship it would be too late to go very far out of town to find somewhere to stay. The Gijon service is maybe better if you don't need to travel weekends
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Bloody stupid schedule on that LD ship- why dump you in Poole at half eleven at night? Even arriving in Spain at seven isn't ideal- by the time you've got off the ship it would be too late to go very far out of town to find somewhere to stay. The Gijon service is maybe better if you don't need to travel weekends
You pays your money and takes your choice, I can put up with quite a lot for a couple of hundred quid or so savings and I do live in Dorset
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The Pont Aven and Cap Finistere (Brittany Ferries) have stabilisers and even in December's force 9 it wasn't too bad.

Brittany Ferries has responded to the Louis Dreyfus initiative by introducing its own économie service. We've booked this for a trip in mid summer, worked out at about £150 cheaper each way for a Discovery and 2 passengers. And then we saved a bit more with our ClubVoyage discount.

Britanny has a massive new flagship gas-powered ferry under construction which will enter service in 2017, replacing Pont Aven.

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Interestingly brittanies economy service cabins are more expensive than the regular one at £90 over £65

Just been looking at timetables etc for my trip in October. LD lines website won't quote that far in advance

(4x4 1 person cabin)
Brittany's cheapest fare - £428
Brittany's regular - £548
Combe Out regular back economy - £488

So quite a difference. Generally I think Brittany's service is pretty rubbish (same on board menu in 2011 and 2013! late departures etc) but trying to squeeze as much time in Moroco into 3 weeks off work does mean the Friday night Portsmouth to Santander sailing is great. I can finish work a little early catch the ferry and be in Morocco Sunday night . The new economy sailing leaving Sat am puts me only about 12 hours behind but that its into Morocco time. So £120 cheaper but 12 hours out of Morocco is about £10 an hour, I can live with that
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I think the grub on the Pont Aven is excellent quality and reasonably priced. I can't speak for Britanny's Etretat (economy boat) yet, but definitely not impressed with the self-service food on the Cap Finistere, nor the reheated chips, pizzas and other rubbish served on the top deck.

So last trip on the CF I took some Sainsbury's excellent Cumberland Fish Pies—one for evening meal, another for lunch the next day—and used the microwave ovens by the bar to heat them up.
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