A new look for Red Eagle
MV Red Eagle will undergo a major refurbishment in January 2018. The project, costing £3m will give the ship a bright, modern and stylish new look when she returns to service before the start of the summer timetable on 29 March 2018. She will then more closely resemble Red Falcon and Red Osprey which underwent a similar refit in 2014 and 2015.
Here's some of the highlights...
- New sun deck and promenade walk (with wheelchair/pushchair access)
- Two new passenger lounges with additional toilets & baby changing facilities
- New pet friendly lounge, new Signature Lounge and designated quiet zone
- Exciting new food and drink options
- Digital entertainment
- Air-conditioning in all passenger lounges and improved heating in winter
- Flexible space to host live music, entertainment and meetings
- High capacity Wi-Fi solution and more laptop/phone charging points
- Reduced environmental footprint thanks to LED lighting and additional recycling
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This will be 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 will feature 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.
Two new large fully enclosed passenger lounges wil be 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.
A contemporary look and feel has been chosen for the design of the new pet friendly lounge which will have lift access. It will be air conditioned and the heavily glazed outer walls will provide both light and amazing 180 degree views. It will have its own 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.
At the southern end of A Deck you will find our flagship Signature Lounge, offering discerning travellers a premium travel experience. For a small additional fee, customers can enjoy a quite & relaxing ambience, table service, complimentary drinks & pastries, daily newspapers, books & magazines and high-speed WiFi.
This deck will be 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.
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.
Here's one we made earlier: