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Hi all,

As promised the return of my Pont Aven Crossing.A little delayed writing as been hit for six by a nasty case of Food Poisoning.

I sailed to Plymouth From Santander on Thursday 6th June 2024.It was a beautiful Warm sunny Day.Seven Seas Splendor was in town and was a very impressive looking ship.I relaxed and left Check in until an Hour or So before the latest Check in time, which was 3pm if I remember correctly.Again checked in smoothly and settled down into a Hard seat for a patient wait.Customs promptly started checking us in about 50 Minutes before departure.There were quite a few of us.Two Bus loads of us were deposited onto the Ferry with another Spanish Police Escort.Who this time amusingly got refused entry the first time at the gate at the ferry as they were trying to drive in through the Exit Gate!.The Coach slowly reversed and we were on board. 

I had a Cabin on Deck 6 Right at the front near the Forward Viewing Area which was a little observed by the Public walking Past or smoking but not too bad.Found a spot on deck as we left the Shore.PA and Seven Seas Splendor did a little simultaneous Honking in acknowledgement and we slowly left Port.Was by then pretty breezy on deck so joined the scrum in Self-Service.Queues were not too bad.My Fish and Chips was 6/10.Fish was ok but Chips were Salty Fries and nearly Cold.A Large Pot of Tartare Sauce included couldn't rescue the deal for me.Its been said before but the BF Food even in the Self Service was a lot better than this a few years before, quite disappointing,with quite high prices too.

After some exercise on deck returned to my Cabin to find a glugging blocked Shower Drain Plug.Popped to Info Desk and a very friendly French chap unblocked the drain promptly.No further problems.The cabin next door had the same problem twice, so maybe some issues there ongoing?.The seas were slightly less smooth, but slept fairly well on the Sofa Bed,though always have a Back Ache seemingly.Breakfast was good the next day.We promptly docked 5 minutes early and all Foot Passengers were off by 11.35-11.40 I recall.

All in all a good Break with Definately evident Cost Cutting in Self-Service(Milk Extra when you buy Cornflakes!)
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Good Evening BF1432,

My names Damon, I'm new to this forum so in the interest of transparency & honesty, its unlikely i'd have ever joined had i not come across your post on google just now. I was just doing some searches looking for any connection having seen the news this evening about Greencore Group (ec-oli outbreak & pre-packed sandwich/food goods supplier to major supermarkets etc) which lead me to start looking for answers

You see the reason for my googling & post is coincidentally related. I also recently sailed home from Santander to Portsmouth, my Brittany Ferries sailing was on Sunday 9th June (3 days after yours) & after spending a solid 30 hours onboard, no more than 20 minutes after disembarking & just clearing passport i started to feel really nauseous & light headed.

I was trying to make my way home to Nottingham, pulled over initially and took some fresh air then steadily carried on, i didn't stop, didnt ingest anything else or drink anything else. The last food or fluid intake was all throughout the 30 hour crossing.

The furthest i got to home was Cherwin Services (circa 80 miles from Portsmouth) A43/M40 connection & that's where i came down with a truly horrific case of food poisoning myself. I couldn't even walk straight let alone carry on the journey home & had to book an emergency stay at a Travel Lodge as a walk in at 10pm after sweating in the car park for the last hour or so, the lady behind the reception at the Travel lodge took my phone and did it for me i was in that much of a mess.

For the last 5 days my stomach has been in bits, luckily coming out the end of it now although not 100% but thankfully now able to eat normal food (less dry toast & weetabix)

Im not a reporter, im not a professional 'claimer' or whatever those type of people do in their spare time, but knowing what i eat on that Ferry, having spent a solid 30 hours onboard proving it couldn't have been something eaten prior (it'd work through within 30 hours), im absolutely admanet its something i purchased onboard

So may i ask, did you happen to eat anything on board? anything at all you think may have caused your recent bout of stomach upsets immediately post the sailing out of the same port with the same company?

Thanks for your time

 
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Hi Damon,

Yes my bought of Food Poisoning was pretty bad but not so bad as yours it would appear.Had it all last weekend and lost 2 Days off Work. The Crossing Santander to Plymouth was 19 Hours I believe. Felt fine on the Crossing. 
Could be any number of places that it may have come from.


 
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My Wife got caught on a HSS Harwich to Hook of Holland crossing once. Seems it was down to a particular sandwich. I was OK as I had a different one. It just takes one dodgy ingredient to spark off an E Coli attack.

Definitely worth reporting to BF as something seems to have gone wrong with their hygiene. Probably an infected ingredient in one of the meals.
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Thank you all, i've lodged a complaint with BF & am awaiting a response, we'll see where that goes. 
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