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A brand new look for our fleet

A brand new look...

Red Funnel is in the process of a multi-million pound refurbishment of its 3 vehicle ferries. Red Falcon returned to service sporting her contemporary new look in April 2014 and Red Osprey is now back in service following its £2.2m refurbishment.

The investment has seen the interior design and facilities of each ship replaced with a bright, modern and stylish new look which has set the standard for cross-Solent travel.

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What's new...

Red Falcon new look interior

A Deck...

Two new large fully enclosed passenger lounges have been built on this level. An exciting new open-air promenade walk will enable guests to stroll around the perimeter of the ship or just relax on the new bench style seating. The passenger lift has been extended to reach this deck, so for the first time wheelchair users will be able to enjoy the sea air during the crossing.

  • New sun deck and promenade walk (with wheelchair/pushchair access)
  • Two new passenger lounges with additional toilet & baby changing facilities
  • New pet friendly lounge, child play space and designated quiet zone
  • Exciting new food and drink options
  • Air-conditioning in all passenger lounges and improved heating in winter
  • New Information Bureau selling tickets, merchandise & gifts
  • Flexible space to host live music, entertainment and meetings
  • Improved Wi-Fi solution and more laptop/phone charging points
  • Lower environmental footprint thanks to LED lighting and additional recycling

Red Falcon new look interior AA Deck

AA Deck...

This is a brand new Wi-Fi equipped sun deck located fore and aft of the ship’s bridge. Accessed via four outside staircases from A deck, the new space features teak style seats and will afford striking views of the Solent. The new deck will be the perfect place for holidaymakers to unwind, enjoy a locally-made ice cream and watch the yachts and ships passing through the Solent.

A contemporary look and feel has been chosen for the design of the new lounges which will be air conditioned and fitted with comfortable chairs and tables. The heavily glazed outer walls will provide plenty of light and give guests 180 degree views. Each lounge has a Steam café bar serving delicious freshly made baguettes, panini and pizza slices as well as sumptuous cakes, pastries and scones. Customers will also be offered a wide selection of premium teas, coffees, wines and bottled beers from local breweries.

TV screens will show useful information during the crossing and a large 65” interactive touch-screen will inform and entertain. For tech users, 240v charging points for laptops and phones will be fitted in convenient locations and free Wi-Fi will be available throughout. By using moveable furniture, the lounges can be configured differently and used to provide play space for young children or as venues for live music and entertainment. They will also be suitable to hire for meetings, seminars and workshops and incorporate AV facilities.

Pet owners will be able to use one of the new lounges, marking a massive improvement over the existing facilities, particularly during winter. Toilets have also been installed on this deck for the first time.

Murray Carter, Operations Director commented “We have listened very carefully to our customers over the last few years to develop a new travel experience which will meet their needs – significantly more inside seats, more tables for food and drinks, air conditioning, a new pet lounge, better facilities for wheelchair users and an improved food and beverage offer are just some of the highlights”.

Red Falcon facts

  • Built 1994, Ferguson Shipbuilders, Glasgow
  • Lengthened in 2004, Remontawa, Gdansk
  • Carries 215 cars on 3 decks
  • 895 passengers
  • Operates 4,000 sailings per annum
  • Clocks up 45,500 miles each year

Kevin George, CEO commented “As a business we are committed to improving the way in which we serve our customers. I am confident that this investment does exactly that as we aim to become the ‘preferred choice’ for all customers wanting to travel to and from the Island. We also believe the investment will help boost the Isle of Wight and Southampton economies”.

Red Osprey facts

  • Built 1994, Ferguson Shipbuilders, Glasgow
  • Lengthened in 2004, Remontawa, Gdansk
  • Carries 215 cars on 3 decks
  • 895 passengers
  • Operates 4,000 sailings per annum
  • Clocks up 45,500 miles each year

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Red Falcon new look interior B Deck

B Deck...

This deck has been completely stripped back to its shell and transformed into a modern contemporary travel environment that will set the standard for cross-Solent travel. Featuring a mix of comfortable airline-style seats with tray backs, dining tables for different size groups or informal nested table and chairs in the bar area, the space offers a lot of flexibility for guests regardless of whether they want to dine, work or stretch out and relax.

TV screens have been fitted throughout, giving the flexibility to show live TV, news headlines, travel information and points of interest along the route. Free Wi-Fi is available on this deck and charging points will be located in the seating areas.
With a brand new galley, the hot and cold food offering features a new range of freshly cooked dishes which will be of higher quality and sold at affordable prices. Red Funnel’s famous English breakfast remains the signature dish and has been given a local twist with more ingredients sourced from the Isle of Wight and Hampshire. The widened breakfast menu is joined by 4-5 high quality dishes during the day such as Beer Battered Cod & Chips, which will change regularly to give more variety for regular travellers.

A lot of thought has been put into the design of the galley and the counter area to reduce waiting times and this has led to the relocation of the drink stations. Fixed dining tables and chairs with different configurations should prove popular with families, couples, freight drivers and business travellers.

The premium Steam coffee outlet remains in situ on this deck but is joined by a much larger bar which stocks a wider range of draft and bottled beers and lagers, champagne, wines and spirits. The new bar is surrounded by comfortable lounge style seating which is ideal for socialising.

The onboard retail offer is also being extended to include more Red Funnel branded items and gifts which are made on the Isle of Wight. Retail items are available to purchase via a new Information Bureau on B deck which will also offer event and attraction tickets, an accommodation booking service and allow customers to amend or make new ferry bookings.

RedFunnel Address

Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-09c20fcd927cb5ede)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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