Red Eagle returns to service with new look
15-03-2018 Red Funnel's flagship Red Eagle has returned to service today between Southampton and East Cowes with a brand new look following an extensive £3m 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's chairman and chief executive said: "Red Eagle marks the culmination of a £7m+ 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.
Food wise, the ship boasts a brand new galley so food lovers will really be able totaste the difference. Red Funnel's famous full English breakfast and delights such as beer battered cod & chips will feature alongside some new seasonal specials on the hot food menu. Travellers can also enjoy no less than three Steam Café bars offering a wide range of beers, wines and spirits as well as bean to cup coffee, hot chocolate, teas and delicious freshly baked cakes and pastries.
For a small £10 fee, discerning customers can enjoy the premium service offered in the Signature Lounge. Limited to just 40 people, guests will have access to a well-stocked library of magazines, newspapers, books and inclusive premium tea and coffee, cold drinks and pastries. A fully stocked cash bar is also available as well as a dedicated food/bar service host. Subtle mood lighting, enhanced Wi-Fi, 240v sockets and USB charging points together with a range of seating styles make the Signature Lounge the ideal place to work, socialise or simply relax with a good book.
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.
Large 'event themed' art walls on B deck are used to accentuate the new look and a large map of the route between Southampton and East Cowes forms the centrepiece of the new lobby area. The map uses QR codes to provide more information about the points of interest that can be seen from the ferry.
For entertainment, 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. BBC rolling news will be screened in the bar area on B deck. There is also a large touch screen in the North Lounge on A deck with games, an image library and an interactive map of the Island for visitors. Bridge top cameras are used to relay live video footage to the screens for close up views of passing cruise ships and merchant vessels travelling along Southampton Water.
For more information about the transformation of Red Eagle please visit redfunnel.co.uk/newlook