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Red Funnel Unveils New Look Ferry

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has officially unveiled its new look Red Falcon passenger vehicle ferry after a major £2.2 million investment to the ship’s passenger facilities. These include 55 percent more inside seats, two additional passenger lounges, new restaurants, a new sun deck and a wheelchair-friendly promenade deck which offers amazing views across Southampton Water and the Isle of Wight. Air-conditioning has been installed throughout the ship and pet owners will have use of the new lift-accessible North Lounge.

For most visitors, their Isle of Wight holiday experience starts the moment they step onboard and Red Funnel has incorporated a lot more entertainment on Red Falcon aimed at both adults and children. A large interactive Isle of Wight map forms the centrepiece of the design in the main passenger lounge and two large 65” touch screens boast an extensive image gallery and games for kids.

A new information bureau, manned by staff who know the Isle of Wight inside out, will sell tickets, merchandise, gifts and souvenirs to ensure that holidaymakers have everything they need for a trip to remember. Over 30 digital screens have been installed to inform and entertain guests during the crossing and cameras on top of the bridge will relay live pictures to the onboard screens and also to Red Funnel’s website. Real time travel connection information for trains, planes and buses will be shown on the screens together with the latest information from the Highways Agency for drivers.

For business travellers, power points for recharging phones, laptops and tablets have been installed throughout the passenger areas and the first phase of a much improved free WiFi solution is now available. A quiet zone is also available for customers who just want to relax.

Return ferry travel for a car and up to seven passengers starts from £39.50 for a day return crossing or £49.50 for a short break return crossing. For those not taking a vehicle, the Red Jet Hi Speed foot passenger service whisks visitors to the Island in only 25 minutes and starts from £8.90 per person return. Red Funnel’s new payment plan allows holidaymakers to pay a deposit of just £25 to secure a ferry or holiday booking, with the balance payable 30 days before travel in the case of ferry only bookings.

Full details of Red Funnel ferry services and holidays at: www.redfunnel.co.uk

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Date Published:
18th April 2014


David Betterton
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