A computer generated image of how the Red Falcon interior will look. Picture courtesy of Red Funnel.
RED FUNNEL has today (Friday) revealed plans for a £2m refurbishment of one of its Isle of Wight vessels, promising to 'set the standard for cross-Solent travel.'
The interior refurbishment of Red Falcon will be completed by next Easter, with Red Funnel saying the spending will improve holiday experiences for visitors and facilities for all travellers.
Work will start in February, but the company has said services will not be affected.
Red Funnel said the investment would see the ship’s interior and facilities replaced with "a bright, modern and stylish new look, which will set the standard for cross-Solent travel."
The design team was asked to increase the number of seats by 55 per cent and make best use of space, introducing more tables for food and drinks.
There will be a new sun deck and promenade walk, with wheelchair and pushchair access and and two new passenger lounges.
An information bureau will sell tickets, merchandise and gifts.
There will also be a pet-friendly lounge, children’s play area and quiet zone with better wi-fi and charging points.
Improvements to heating and air-conditioning are also promised and there will also be a new menu.
Red Funnel operations director Murray Carter said: "We have listened very carefully to our customers over the last few years to develop a new travel experience, which will meet their needs."
The company said it would review the success of the Red Falcon revamp before committing to similar refurbishment of its other two car ferries.
• For more on the plans see an exclusive two-page feature in today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, December 6, pages 48-49.