The ferries operate the route between Larne, Northern Ireland and Cairnryan, Scotland
It has modernised the freight drivers lounge on board European Highlander and European Causeway.
The refurbished lounges now feature a contemporary interior and eight beds, giving drivers the option to sleep during the crossing, reducing the risk of fatigue while on the road. Each bed also features a private locker allowing belongings to be safely stored.
In addition, 37 business class extra legroom reclining seats have been installed, giving drivers the chance to relax, watch TV, or havr a nap. Additional seating and tables also now feature in the forward bars of both ships, aiming to ease congestion and improve passenger comfort, particularly at peak times. New carpets and louvres complete the refurbishment in the lounges.
P&O Ferries freight manager, Larne-Cairnryan Kim Swan said “We know a key priority for our freight drivers is to relax and recharge in comfort on their journey, without any disturbance – we listened to their feedback and are very pleased to be able to offer these new facilities. The facilities complement our service, which is the fastest and most frequent across the Irish Sea and reaction to the new lounge has been excellent. We very much appreciate the loyalty of our customers and the assistance they have given us to make this project work. We look forward to continuing to improve our service and exceed expectations in the future.”
Feedback from freight customers was collected through onboard touchscreen kiosks and questionnaires. In response, the ferry operator worked to deliver the improved facilities while the ships were in drydock.
P&O Ferries operates up to seven departures per day from both Larne and Cairnryan with a journey time of two hours. In addition to the new facilities, drivers can also access a restaurant and showers on board. Both ports also feature new driver facilities that include toilets, showers, rest and TV areas, as well as access to refreshments.