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05-10-2016 10:33 am  #1


LATEST TRIP HULL--ZEBRUGGE

Just back from a mini cruise,this time we had to go on the pride of york,a ship we avoid at all costs due to the ignorant staff in the past,but we was pleasantly suprised on this trip,the staff seemed different and were very polite and helpfull,the boat seemed a lot cleaner aswell,we ate in the resurant 'KITCHEN' and the food had vastly improved aswell.

Drove down into calais,to the wine warehouse we always use,problem being its right next to the 'JUNGLE', was a bit apprehensive with all the problems lately,so took the long route round to avoid driving practically through the JUngle, no problems and very few imigrants about,i asked the guys at the warehouse how things had been,and they said nothing really to be concerned about and that they had no intention of moving premises.

Into adinkirke, real was very busy with 2 coachloads,mostly runners on a baccy bus from what we could tell,ukbf would have a field day if they stopped this coach from some of the statements i heard ha ha.


Got back to Hull and docked early,reasonably quick off the ship ,few ukbf about patrolling the que to pcp and asking a few drivers what they had in their vehicles,but they didnt ask myself,upto pcp,passport scanned and handed back,no questions and on our way,so a good stock of wine that should last till our christmas shop/stock up.


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05-10-2016 12:44 pm  #2


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You picked the right day! 7 or 8 mile tailbacks at the border again coming into France today, security checks.

Glad the ship has improved. It's like spending a night in prison 


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05-10-2016 2:08 pm  #3


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Glad you had a good trip Warrior. Shame I didn't know you were going, I could've thumbed a lift.


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05-10-2016 3:47 pm  #4


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Good to hear all went well Warrior.

JMK

 

06-5-2017 7:18 am  #5


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A new lease of life for the Pride of York

https://blog.poferries.com/2017/04/26/a-new-lease-of-life-for-the-pride-of-york/

Apparently they have spent £8.5m on the Pride of York and Pride of Bruges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za7NsNKCTpA

JMK

 

06-5-2017 9:59 am  #6


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Last time I was on it and the P-O-B they were the equivalent of a doss-house hotel. Filthy, smelly and worn out furnishings. Any improvement will be welcome but I doubt they will have made the berths any more comfortable, like sleeping on the floor.

The highlight of that video was the presenter's big boobs.


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06-5-2017 10:36 am  #7


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They also need to do something about their pricing structure. I did a spoof quote last week, 2 pax to Zeebrugge.
On foot, incl bus fare to Bruges was £118. By car more than double that. The itemised quote showed no charge for the car, same £39 each fare, yet the cabin price was £28 per foot pax or £98 per car passenger. Why does a car passenger have to pay £70 each more than a foot passenger - what's the difference?

Apart from which 98 quid for nothing more than a prison cell is outrageous.


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06-5-2017 6:40 pm  #8


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i checked also,think it was £189 inc meals on return( by car),but as the wine i usually get has gone up a £1 a box (3litre bag in box),it didnt seem worth my while,and with the increase in tobaco price,was working out quite expensive, especially when i can get a free crossing from dover or folkestone by pre ordering from pidou, but i may wait for the wine to be on offer again.


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08-5-2017 11:01 am  #9


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Also planning on using the pidou offer soon.  Not sure if anyone else on here has ever used it, but it seems like I pre order the stuff and it is ready for me when I get there... if so that is even better.  Of course it will mean grabbing a years worth of wine in the one trip though, so I guess I will just browse the supermarkets on my other trips.

 

08-5-2017 1:59 pm  #10


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I used it recently,works fine and you get a choice of times and travel.
I buy/drink quite a bit of wine as we away travelling all through the summer in our motorhome so always stock up,but the prices have shot up in the last few weeks,and i can buy echo falls £4-£5 a case cheaper from the warehouse near calais.  The st omer beer has been cheaper in pidou that at real tabc lately.


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21-12-2017 4:53 pm  #11


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Just back from belguim via hull-zebrugge, took advantage of a 25% discounted mini cruise with car, total price inc dinner and breakfast on return £117, with a very spacious disabled room on red deck.

Check in simple and no probs with security.  
We only travel on the pride of brugges and was peasantly suprised to see its had an upgrade,including outside painted.
Entertainment a little better but not worth paying over £4 a pint for in the bar,our usual seating area on blue deck has been transformed so we sat in bar,and sneaked a few cans in ,as you do when on a budget ha ha.

Landed in zebrugge on time, straight off and down to calais for our wine,the roadworks are virtually finished now near brugges so a straightforward drive.

The warehouse in calais we use had no echo falls,so had to go to pidou at dunkirk,saw a few migrants hanging around near the pidou in calais so avoided this area.
Stocked up with wine at dunkirk pidou after a wasted trip intpo calais.

Upto adinkirke for fuel and a bit of baccy, it was very quiet and shops empty, but the chippy across from real was open ha ha.

Headed back upto zebrugge for return, the road has changed slightly just past Brugge,and there is now a big flyover,with only a small sign for zebrugge were you turn off to the right so beware ,i nearly missed it,or you will end up over the flyover.

Check in straightforward again on return.

Back on board and time for tea in the Kitchen, food was alot better than previous trips we done, must be due to the upgrade or new chefs,but i would recomend it. Breakfast very good aswell.

Ferry again very quiet,not many of the usual foot passenger shoppers about .

Back in Hull on time, slight delay driving off, the PCP was not in the usual place near the terminal and seemed to be were cars check in on the outbound,

Lots of ukbf about before the pcp, looking in vans and trailers/pick ups, but didnt seem to bother any cars, i have never seen as many ukbf at the car pcp before, none that i recognised either, except one old guy, one i seen a few times but usually just stood about looking at his watch, the first time ive ever actually seen him do anything was this time, he glanced under a tarp , with his hands still in his pockets ha ha,why his mate lifted it.
Straight through PCP no questions and a very pleasant ukbf checking passports.

All in all a good trip, just disappointed no echo falls.



 


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24-12-2017 7:51 am  #12


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Warrior,
Glad you had a good trip.
Did you try Calais Wine fro Echo Falls?
https://www.calaiswine.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=echo+falls
With Tesco offering 25% off for 6 bottles or more and sending me vouchers "spend £40 and get £6.00/£4.00 off" I have not travelled in a while.
Miss it though.
JMK

 

 

24-12-2017 10:06 am  #13


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Johny_MK wrote:

Warrior,
Glad you had a good trip.
Did you try Calais Wine fro Echo Falls?
https://www.calaiswine.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=echo+falls
With Tesco offering 25% off for 6 bottles or more and sending me vouchers "spend £40 and get £6.00/£4.00 off" I have not travelled in a while.
Miss it though.
JMK

 

As you say JMK, the economics of it all are finely balanced these days unless you buy HRT which is where the biggest savings are. For those of us south of the Midlands, the free trip offers by such as Pidou can help the viability of making a trip.

It is good though to buy a load of wine and have a nicely stocked cellar to choose from on demand. And I still enjoy the mind games when we encounter arsy customs officials. Our shopping trips are down to about 3 or 4 times a year now though.

Hopefully Brexit can make progress and sterling will increase in value, making trips more worthwhile.
 


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24-12-2017 2:18 pm  #14


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the echo falls fusion is only £2.99 a bottle in b&m bargains, its a low alchohol.

echo falls ( proper stuff) from the warehouse i use is less than £2 a bottle when they got it.


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