Red Funnel Announce Christmas Day Sailings

07-10-2011 Red Funnel has announced, in its 150th year, that it will operate a special passenger vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes on Christmas Day (25 December 2011) for the first time in many years.

There will be departures at 09:00 and 12:00 from Southampton and 10:30 and 13:30 from East Cowes.  There will be a special brunch menu served onboard and free mince pies and mulled wine for adults and a free Christmas present for every child.  These sailings, together with those over the festive period are now available to book online or via the Red Funnel Travel Centre.

Red Funnel is also accepting vehicle bookings for travel throughout 2012 and is offering the public a special 10% Early Bird discount if making bookings for travel in 2012 before the 31 October 2011*. In addition, customers who are able to book early will almost always get the lowest fares.  To benefit from this Early Bird offer, customers should use Promo Code ‘EB12’ if booking online or quote the code if booking by phone.

Jonathan Green, Sales & Marketing Director commented, “Following the announcement of the withdrawal of a Christmas Day service between Portsmouth and Fishbourne earlier this year, Red Funnel has received numerous requests for a service from the friends and family of Islander’s.  We are therefore pleased to be able to offer a passenger vehicle service on a trial basis for 2011, if successful, it is likely to be repeated in future years.”

The Christmas and New Year timetable and the full 2012 spring timetable for both Red Funnel routes from Southampton to the Island is available from or for Smartphone users from

*Offer Terms & Conditions are available online