Red Funnel’s flagship Red Eagle has returned to service today between Southampton and East Cowes following an extensive £3M (US$4M) interior refit.
The refit mirrors 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 chairman and chief executive Kevin George said “Red Eagle marks the culmination of a £7M-plus 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 a mix of modern seating styles, tables and lighting. On A deck there is a new pet lounge and a purpose-built Signature Lounge, offering customers a premium club experience.
High-capacity wifi, charging points for phones, tablets and laptops, air conditioning and digital entertainment are some of the new features available to everyone on board. CCTV has also been installed throughout the ship to improve security.
Outside, new sun decks have been added to AA deck. Teak style seats have been fitted to this deck and along the promenade walk on A deck. This is now accessible by lift and therefore suitable for wheelchair users.
A total of 35 LED screens showing the vessel’s position, local points of interest and real-time travel information for road, rail and coach services have been fitted.