Red Funnel’s flagship Red Eagle has returned to service following a £3 million interior refit.
The refurbishment replicates the work carried out to Red Falcon (2014) and Red Osprey (2015) and was entrusted to Solent marine specialists Trimline, SMS and Wight Shipyard.
The work involved the replacement of the passenger accommodation on B deck, the fabrication and fitting of two new public lounges on A deck and new outside viewing space on AA deck.
The ship’s interior has a contemporary new look and fulfils the design brief for more internal seats.
Red Funnel’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Kevin George, said:
“Red Eagle marks the culmination of a £7m+ investment programme to provide our vehicle customers with a fleet-wide travel experience that matches the best in the UK ferry industry.
“The investment further demonstrates our commitment to the Isle of Wight as we work with partners and stakeholders to help grow the Island’s economy.”
The two main passenger areas on B deck have been replaced with new seats and tables, subtle colours and lighting. On A deck there’s a new pet lounge and a purpose built Signature Lounge, offering customers a ‘premium club’ experience – for an additional charge of £10.
Wi-Fi, charging points for phones, tablets and laptops, air conditioning and digital entertainment are now also available on board. CCTV has also been installed throughout the ship to improve security.
Outside, new sun decks have been added to AA deck with Teak style seats, while A deck is, for the first time, accessible by lifts.
Lift access is now available from the main car decks at E and C levels to the passenger areas at B and A levels. Air-conditioning has also been added.
Large ‘event themed’ art walls are now on B deck with a large map of the route between Southampton and East Cowes. The map uses QR codes to provide more information about the points of interest that can be seen from the ferry.
There are 35 LED screens showing the vessel’s position, local points of interest and real-time travel information for road, rail and coach services. There is also a large touch screen in the North Lounge on A deck with games, an image library and an interactive map of the Island for visitors.
Bridge top cameras are used to relay live video footage to the screens for close up views of passing cruise ships and merchant vessels travelling along Southampton Water.