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redfunnelinterior2Cross-Solent ferry operator Red Funnel have today (Friday) announced that it’s passenger vehicle ferry ‘Red Falcon’ will undergo a major £2m refurbishment of its passenger facilities in spring 2014.

The investment will see the ship’s interior design and facilities replaced with a bright, modern and stylish new look which will set the standard for cross-Solent travel. This will include a new sun deck and promenade walk with wheelchair/pushchair access, two new passenger lounges, a new pet friendly lounge, child play space and designated quiet zone plus exciting new food and drink options and air conditioning.

redfunnelinterior3bdeckTo boost tourism spending, a new Information Bureau selling tickets, merchandise & gifts will be introduced. In addition, there will be flexible space to host live music, entertainment and meetings with improved Wi-Fi solutions and more laptop/phone charging points. A large 64″ interactive touch screen will also be installed for passengers to explore.

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The design team were tasked to increase the number of internal seats by 55% and create an interior design that optimises the space to deliver an unrivalled travel experience across the Solent in time for Easter 2014.

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 was built 20 years ago and carries 895 passengers, 215 cars and completes more than 4,000 sailings per year. The vessel will return to service at the beginning of April 2014.

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