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Where should the North Boat dock?  

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  1. 1. Where should the North Boat dock?

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So if the ferries don't "bomb" out of the harbour what do they do? They certainly do on a Mon, Wed, Fri....29mph on the land does seem slow, however in relative terms applying the same speed to water makes that fairly fast.

 

The northlink boats can do the trip significantly faster, ive left aberdeen at 7pm and been in lerwick by just past 3am because they were trying to beat the weather(although we couldnt get off till 7:30) - so i imagine that most of the time the speed is fairly low considering what it can do.

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There is no doubt that they could make substantial fuel savings if they were to start the old p&o timetable again and of course make more money by having passengers onboard longer to eat & drink etc.

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in may i booked a return trip to aberdeen (or so i thought) lerwick to aberdeen 4 berth cabin and aberdeen lerwick executive cabin, only cabin left. printed off confirmation which stated same. when we arrived in aberdeen to check in on way home i was told that due to the fact i had made booking while northlink web site was being upgraded, there had been a mistake in my booking, we were not booked from aberdeen to lerwick for that night, we were, according to northlinks system, booked from lerwick to aberdeen, we finished up in reclining seats as there were no cabins left that night. so yes northlink have a really good booking system

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luckt you. i thought that i had booke dwith no problems, until we got to the check out desk in aberdeen for our return journey. seems problem was due to me making booking while web site was in the process of being upgraded, although there was no notification of anything being wrong

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^^ Very unfortunate. Althought they wouldn't have wanted the booking part of the site to have downtime, it might have been preferable to what happened to you. Did they offer you anything in compensation since they let you down badly or did you enquire?

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The problem I had was that apparently it was insecure, and my internet browser didn't like it much. When I initially booked my boat to come back for summer, I thought I'd made a mistake with my booking and tried to go back through to the confirmation page - which the back button on my browser was not happy about and kept declining.

 

Additionally the confirmation email ended up in my bulk mail. :/

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We booked with no problems.

 

Lucky you. They could give you an availability on the cabin choices, which would mean you wouldn't have to spend so much time going backwards and forward, I only wanted to down for one night. Even with taxis to and from the airport it's cheaper for both of us to fly than to get a cabin each way.

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luckt you. i thought that i had booke dwith no problems, until we got to the check out desk in aberdeen for our return journey. seems problem was due to me making booking while web site was in the process of being upgraded, although there was no notification of anything being wrong

 

That sounds a bit dubious. On your part.

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Changing the subject slightly (but still staying on topic), how bad does the weather have to be before your ferries are cancelled?

 

I found the following clip (actually of a Scrabster to Stromness service, but it's still NorthLink) riveting:

 

 

Our boats from here to the UK definitely wouldn't put to sea in that kind of weather. Anything above a force nine, and the big ship won't sail (the fastcraft generally doesn't leave port above a force six, and doesn't sail at all in winter).

 

Any horror stories about nightmare crossings in force eleven gales, chucking up in sick bags, eating weevil-infested biscuits, contracting scurvy, or similar nautical activities?

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