1 - Thoughts on ferries.

We have traveled on many ferries our the years of our caravan adventures, all of which have been easy to embark/disembark and the public areas including cabins comfortable and pleasant.

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All that is except the MF Cap Finistére. The standard cabins we have used are comfortable, light and airy but many of the internal deck areas are cramped and claustrophobic, for instance one of the corridors meanders through the centre of the main restaurant but my main moan is reserved for the garage decks.

On the two occasions we have used this ferry we have on driving onboard been directed up a steep slope then turned 180º back past the slope we had just come up and out on an open deck then another 180º turn to fetch up behind four rows of previously loaded cars and above them a movable deck also loaded with cars, behind us is loaded caravans, motorhomes trucks, all manner of vehicles including an arctic backed up onto the slope which is then raised on hydraulics so that the lower deck can be loaded.

The main problem comes when disembarking. The lower deck has to be unloaded, the slope lowered, the arctic driven of and the packed vehicles at the top of the slope shuffled to allow them to defend. Then the cars are unloaded, after which a slope is lowered from the removable deck and those cars offloaded after which the moveable deck is moved up out of the way. The higher vehicles can now move forward and disembark which for us was just shy of an hour and a half after the ship docked.

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Waiting to get off.

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