Brittany Ferries: Portsmouth/le Havre Route

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  1. sciac2001

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    Arrived back in Portsmouth from Le havre on Brittany Ferries' "Baie de Seine".

    NEVER AGAIN!

    This ferry is not suited to a short channel-crossing. It was obviously originally built for routes involving overnight crossings and most definately not for the 5 hour journies that she is currently employed on. Must be a cheap charter for BF!!
    There are many cabins available but not a single reclining seat for anyone anywhere.The available seating is totally inadequate for relaxing and passing away those endless hours.

    I presume that their plan is to get passengers to fork out the extra for cabins but on a daytime shortish crossing that should never be the case.

    Thankfully our sailing was relatively empty but I would hate to think of the conditions aboard during peak busy times!

    Anyone booked on this ferry beware, because you WILL arrive at destination with a stiff neck and back and not relaxed at all.
     
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    Could have been worse, you could be sat on the motorway outside Calais :p
     
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    I'll take Calais any day over this scam of a service!
     
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    we always us Condor Ferries. Much better and about half the price:)
     
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    Do they go to Le Havre? I thought that Brittany had once again edged out all competition!
    Will investigate much more thoroughly next time.
    Cheers.
     
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    Just got round to checking this out, the Baie de Seine is used on the 'Economie' service which is exactly what it says.....an economy basic service.

    It took less than 5 minutes research on BF website to find details of the Baie de Seine and it clearly states that seating is limited.

    You pays your money and takes your choice!

    I am a member of BF Club Voyage and have used their crossings for many years and always found the service good, the 'Economie' service was introduced as a response to LD lines short lived venture into competition with BF on the Spanish routes.

    BF are not cheap but sometimes you get what you pay for and to operate a decent service needs a certain level of charges.
     
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