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12-2-2018 1:03 pm  #1


Latest trip Hull>Zeebrugge

Thought it was gonna be a nightmare seeing as boarding didn't start until 25 to 5, over half an hour late ! Must've took me 'n' TurbulentUpstart nearly 30 mins to get aboard the ship 'n' all. Once onboard there didn't to be any actual reason for the delay so god knows what was going on.

First time I've been on POB since the refit but it did all seem a lot nicer than last year. The shop now goes across the full width of the ship which is weird when you're not used to it although it does make it a bit easier to check the alcohol/bacci out I suppose rather than the little gangway that used to be.

I'm not fussy with my food so the breakfasts and dinners seemed to be fine for me but Warrior did mention that it didn't seem to be as fresh as when they were last on the boat. Prebooking with the ticket costs £26 each-way for both meals but seeing as Turbulent didn't want any meals going out, I couldn't do the one person only for meals so I had to book them onboard which cost £29 so another three quid for anyone that's interested.

Once at Zeebrugge, Belgian customs took longer than usual as well but I suppose that is to be expected after the recent terroist activities. Warrior gave Turbulent 'n' me a lift to Adinkerke before heading off for his booze (apologies again for making you wait matey, will try better next time - lol)

When we got there I couldn't believe how quiet it was, like a bloody ghost-town. So much that we were stood outside one of the Bacci shops rolling a couple of fags and the owner came out trying to persuade us to go in there to buy !! Never known that before as there are usually people milling around all the time. God knows what'll happen to them once Brexit hits fully.

I asked the guy in Real if most of their trade was now with the French and he insisted that it was still mainly us Brits that they cater for so unless not many do the weekend trips, mebbe it was just an unusually quiet one-off ?

Got 12kg of Turner, 1000 JPS Blue and three boxes of filters. Using my card and paying in Euro's I saved just over a Tenner than if I had paid in Sterling so it's a win-win situation. Don't have to carry 2 grand abroad with me and make a bit of a saving at the same time 

Getting back on the boat at Zeebrugge was a bit of a chore as well. Boarding was 15 minutes late and the Belgian version of BF are doing more checks now on the passports so they got checked by two different people before we got on the boat so a bit slower to get on than last year I went across.

I think Warrior had a it a lot easier but I'm sure he will report 

Arrival back at Hull wasn't the usual wait for ages to get off. Queue was moving reasonably spritely. Figured out why as we got closer to the PCP as there were 3 BF doing the passport checks in the kiosks but no wandering officers, just two armed police stood behind them. The guy that dealt with me 'n' Turbulent was actually very pleasant, just got asked where we'd been. Told him where and why but didn't seem interested, passed our passports back using our actual names as he gave us them and waved us through.

On a side-note for anyone that's interested, Turbulent bought a pack of ten Amber on the boat for £100. The price in Real was £9.40 so I guess for people that smoke Amber, the boat prices are a viable option if they don't want to trek to Real. We got talking to the gangway operator at Zeebrugge who asked us how much Bacci is in the UK. After we picked him up off the floor - lol he showed us what he smokes and told us he only pays €4.00 for a 50g pouch but like an idiot I forgot what make it was - d'oh. Would like to know what it is and if it's any good coz €4 is a bloody good price.

All in all, a good uneventful trip and was nice to have a chin-wag with decent people.


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12-2-2018 8:25 pm  #2


Re: Latest trip Hull>Zeebrugge

Adinkerke has been a ghost town the last few times we have been. You would think Brexit would have an effect but maybe it's just the local economic climate. Lots of established businesses have been pulling out of Calais over recent months as well according to the local press.

They must make a killing on the food prices. It's too much for canteen quality food.

Glad the card worked for you and the trip went well.


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12-2-2018 11:15 pm  #3


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decent trip, no hold ups to mention, ( apart from waiting for a couple of guys outside the terminal ha ha ).
had to get our wine from transmark near calais as the pidou at dunkirke is shut on a sunday.

food on the boat wasnt as good as last time we travelled, maybe because it was a weekend, im not sure ,but didnt seem as fresh for some reason.

back in hull, docked on time, we got down to the car deck very quick with the help of one of the staff carrying a few cases of beer down for us , just before they called other vehicle drivers down.

probaly in the first 10 cars off the ferry, coming up to pcp,a couple of bf about with radios,never bothered us but looked like they had their eye on someone, pcp, rather pleasant yorkshire guy scanned passports and asked me to wind back windows down on the car so he could see inside, the car was upto roof with luggage on top of the wine and beer, he say'whats in the back then?' i said wine and beer,' have you got any tobbacco or cigs?', i said yeah x amount of tobbacco......(not enough for ukbf to be really interested in), 'why did you not volunteer it when i asked ?he said.....' i said you never asked whats in the boot, cos thats were it is ha ha,  'ok ,have a safe trip home',and that was it , we were on our way.

Not sure if its because we are northerners,and majority of the hull ukbf are , but if this had been at dover i think we may have been told to pull in the shed for a search, wasting everyones time.


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15-2-2018 8:49 am  #4


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I also used my credit card ,saved a few quid, but also got £20 cashback on first overseas purchase,  ' halifax clarity card'.


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15-2-2018 5:31 pm  #5


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warrior wrote:

I also used my credit card ,saved a few quid, but also got £20 cashback on first overseas purchase,  ' halifax clarity card'.

Added bonus - they can't say you've bought goods for somebody else with their own cash.
 


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18-2-2018 4:57 pm  #6


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Just got back from Bruges trip.A big difference in tobacco prices around the shops.British Tobacco shop price was £10.50 for a 50grm pack of G.V.A couple of other shops we tried were asking £10 a pack.Best buy was from K&S Tobacco and beer shop at £9.00 for a 50grm pack.A big saving here on a 10 pack.They do recommend you e~mailing them beforehand as they don't carry big stocks now they have moved to smaller premises.Very helpful will put your order on one side until you can pick it up[address on Google].Good crossing back,only 3 b/f at Hull,no problems here straight through[polite staff].Hope this helps anyone travelling soon ,good luck on any future trips.

 

18-2-2018 8:30 pm  #7


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Good info Sparky, thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good trip.


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25-2-2018 6:03 pm  #8


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Good trip reports.  Useful info on Adinkerke.
Thanks.
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