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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 29-02-2020, 18:45 Thread Starter
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Whilst on a campsite in Burgos, I noticed that there were numerous Brits turning up after 7pm to enter the camp. I was told the ferry had a 6 hour delay.

I have checked BF website as we are sailing from Bilbao on Wednesday. It states all these sailings are fine but Santander - Portsmouth is suffering delays due to bad weather. They are quite close together so why is our sailing not affected ?

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I had a similar experience last December when nominally, all ferries were on time etc except Spanish ones which were cancelled due to bad weather.

Quite surprising as it was blowing a pure Westerly force 9 to 10 for the duration of the ferry crossing - the WORST direction as the ships roll......

Then I received the email that they were departing from Cherbourg rather than St Malo, or Le Havre.....

There were NO scheduled Cherbourg to Portsmouth sailings that day.

I had 12 hours to change hotels, drive to Cherbourg and catch it there and STILL it rolled enough that EVERY display in the shops was wrapped around the shelves with mikes of cling film (no environmental concerns obviously) and many retail outlets simply failed to open or had just one staff member.

The main restaurant shut within one hour of leaving Cherbourg - rapid eating classes were needed....

But we left on their (new) scheduled time and arrived on time......

They write the rules and always pass the line they set.....
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Good news weather forcast for bay of biscay wed max swell 2 to 4 metres rain max wind force 5
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I am ex Navy so no worries but HWMBO could have problems lol

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BF have now cancelled all sailings for passengers up to and inc. 1/6/2020.

Waiting to get back to the Uk hopefully 8/6/2020, anyone any insider knowledge if this will happen?
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No but I understand the Chunnel is still taking passengers.

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No but I understand the Chunnel is still taking passengers.

Ray.

But on a markedly reduced train schedule, I read somewhere that they are only doing one crossing per hour.

Biggest problem with BF is getting a refund now, they have stopped phone calls and do not respond to emails. We have been given vouchers for two crossings rather than refunds but are unlikely to be able to use them before they expire due to vulnerability restrictions. They are not being good at refunds as Which and Money Saving Expert are saying......

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Not to worry Dave. I have read they are valid for two years now on their site and not the one on the voucher. But as and when it all calms down if you decide on a refund I'm sure that can happen. Don't despair.

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We used the tunnel and it was brilliant! We drove straight to the checks and then to the waiting area and were just held a minute or two before being sent to board the train
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