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#1 waarigeo

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:14 AM

Anyone ever used one of the pods on Northlink? What do you think of them. A friend who is coming up to visit has asked me and as I have never even seen one never mind use I thought this would be the place to ask. Thanks.



#2 cicero

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:24 AM

hello / I have used them a few times / I find them ok but if I was having to drive south after getting off the ferry at Aberdeen I would consider a cabin to get a better sleep / I have a photo of them and if you give me an email address I will try and send it to you /


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#3 Ghostrider

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 12:16 PM

Only second hand info as I've never used them either, but the two most recent comments I've been told by folk who have is one said they were fine and comfortable enough, but sleep wasn't the easiest with the noise from other folk etc, while the other said they were horrendous things that knackered up their back.



#4 flowers

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 02:16 PM

My neice used it and woke up in a puddle of water from the sweat generated by the plastic.



#5 waarigeo

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:45 PM

Thanks boys, I'll pass info on.



#6 Scorrie

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:55 AM

Used them a few times and and the only issue I've had is that I'm 6'2" and cannot stretch my legs completely straight out on the footbar. Probably not an issue for anybody else, but the old knees are knackered and I like to be able to straighten them out occasionally.

 

Noise? Never had any issues when I've been there and if there had been, a swift "shut the ----- up, this is a quiet area", would have been forthcoming followed by a complaint to the crew if they didn't comply.

 

They're quite large width wise and recline not completely flat out but enough to relax - and the design means the don't interfere with the passenger behind. I wouldn't say you get an excellent nights kip - well, I don't anyway, but they're more restful than the normal seating and you haven't got idiots tramping past all the time as it is accessed by an exclusive card-controlled door in a corner of the forard bar area.

 

I tend to use a cabin on the way down so I'm definitely fresh to do what I want to do and a pod on the way back.

 

HTH.



#7 Davie P

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:20 PM

More pods are on the way. They're like being in a pram!

 

https://www.shetnews...ns-on-the-boat/

 

There's also reference to (lack of) "couchettes" - what are they?



#8 MuckleJoannie

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 12:07 AM

Couchettes are very basic bunks with only a curtain for privacy.



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Posted 02 December 2018 - 12:36 PM

I understand not everyone is the same but I personally cant sleep in the pods or the reclining chairs, I need to be able to lie flat.  Due to the popularity of the couches and the floor in the forward bar as sleeping areas I'm sure I'm not the only one who prefers a level surface to sleep on.

 

In the unfortunate event that I find myself without a cabin I prefer to sleep on one of these areas,  I usually bring a sleeping bag if I don't have a cabin.

 

The sleeping pods would be much better if they could actually fold down completely flat and level.

 

What I think would be best was if they just replaced them with those Japanese style sleeping pods. https://en.wikipedia...i/Capsule_hotel

 

Or if they just filled the forward bar with bunk beds.  Often the people who find themselves having to sleep in these pods or recliners are not doing it because they chose to but because all the cabins were full but they still have to make the trip.  Everyone should be entitled to somewhere level to lie down, any cushioning would be a bonus.



#10 Frances144

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 02:24 PM

My friends came up using the pods.  One had some American tourists fart in his face (they were standing, he was podding) while they exclaimed they could see "an albatross" as they neared Sumburgh Head.



#11 mikeyboy

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 04:18 PM

Must have been really excited to see that bird!



#12 Suffererof1crankymofo

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 05:01 PM

I hate the sleeping pods, I don't recommend them at all.



#13 George.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 05:53 PM

Must have been really excited to see that bird!

I saw one walking down the street this afternoon.



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:33 AM

Every time 'sleeping pods" get mentioned I get a mental images of scenes from 'Cocoon' or 'The Fly'.


Edited by Ghostrider, 03 December 2018 - 02:33 AM.