Tuesday, 30 June 2015

BAIE DE SEINE at Portsmouth

BAIE DE SEINE at her berth in Portsmouth, photos taken  from BRETAGNE just arriving from Saint-Malo, 26.6.2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

BRETAGNE sailing from Saint-Malo, since 1994

BRETAGNE was originally built in 1989 for the service Plymouth to Santander, she was intended to replace the QUIBERON on this service, since 1994 when the VAL DE LOIRE was introduced, she was transferred to the Saint-Malo to Portsmouth route, she is seen here sailing from Saint-Malo last Friday, the 26.6.2015, for more photos and posts about this fabulous ship, visit my blog here

Sunday, 28 June 2015

CAP FINISTERE leaving Portsmouth

The beautiful and sleek CAP FINISTERE departing from Portsmouth to Spain, captured from the arriving BRETAGNE. CAP FINISTERE returned recently to service after refit in Santander, apart from several improvements on the ship inside and out, the most notorious changing is the installation of scrubbers on the ship, she's lost her iconic wings on the funnel, the new one is slightly larger to accommodate seven massive scrubbers, the removal of the wings had the purpose of reducing weight, crucial for the operation, not as smart admittedly but still an impressive cruise ferry. Photos 26.6.2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Cruising on NORMANDIE

I was back on board NORMANDIE yesterday for another trip from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, took the 14.45 sailing, the ship arrived about 20 minutes late and left Portsmouth about the same 20 minutes after scheduled time, despite bunkering and a very busy Port activity yesterday, with the PONT-AVEN arriving from Spain and the cruise ship MINERVA also in Port, sailing at the same time as us. The crossing was very smooth with calm seas and beautiful sunshine for most of the voyage, we were nearly 500 passengers on board, it was good to see the people busy soaking up the sun, eating, enjoying entertainment and just socializing, summer is back, for me it was business as usual, a terrific meal at the DEAUVILLE and many, many photos, on board NORMANDIE for the fourth time this year, 23.6.2015

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

NORMANDIE at Portsmouth

NORMANDIE finishing another trip from Ouistreham/Caen. Photos at Portsmouth 26.4.2015

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Monday, 8 June 2015


BAIE DE SEINE at sea on a trip from Le Havre to Portsmouth, 5.6.2015

CAP FINISTERE at Portsmouth

Up can close with the magnificent "CAP FINISTERE", photos taken from on board BAIE DE SEINE just arriving from Le Havre, 1.6.2015

"Reading Lounge" on board BAIE DE SEINE"

Decorated with nautical motifs, the "Reading Lounge" on board BAIE DE SEINE" is a real must to relax with a book, soak up the view, or do just nothing but away from the crowds, by far my favourite room on the ship, reminds me of the countless times I have expressed my disappointment for the BF cruise ferries lacking this facility, specially on the long crossings to Spain. Photos 5.6.2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015

BRETAGNE departing Portsmouth

The magnificent BRETAGNE departing Portsmouth for another trip to Saint-Malo, photos 27.5.2015