Red Funnel’s flagship, Red Eagle, has returned to service between Southampton and East Cowes with a brand-new look following an extensive £3 million 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 stylish public lounges on A deck and new outside viewing space on AA deck.
The ship’s interior has been brought right up-to-date with a contemporary new look that now matches the best in the country and fulfils the design brief for more internal seats.
Kevin George, Red Funnel chairman and chief executive, said: “Red Eagle marks the culmination of a £7 million 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 completely replaced with a mix of modern seating styles and tables, subtle colours and clever lighting to create spaces which are perfect for socialising, working or just relaxing if it’s the start of a holiday.
On A deck there’s an upmarket new pet lounge and a purpose-built Signature Lounge, offering customers a premium club experience. Both offer panoramic views across the Solent.
High-capacity Wi-Fi, charging points for phones, tablets and laptops, air conditioning and digital entertainment are just a few of the 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 offering amazing views of Southampton Water and out across the Solent.
Teak style seats have been fitted to this deck and along the promenade walk on A deck which for the first time is accessible by lift and therefore suitable for wheelchair users.
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 been added to keep all the passenger lounges cool in summer and cosy in winter.