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 2 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.”
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 to taste the difference.
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.