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Brittany Ferries confirms order for £175m cross-channel ferry

Brittany Ferries has confirmed the order for a new cruise ferry and released first details about the £175m vessel which is to be named Honfleur.

It will operate on the company’s busiest route from Portsmouth to Caen with a planned arrival in spring 2019.

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Honfleur will join the Brittany Ferries fleet in spring 2019

First details were revealed today after contracts were signed with the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellshaft shipyard in Germany.

She will be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) and promises to be the most environmentally-friendly vessel operating on the English Channel.

Christophe Mathieu, CEO of Brittany Ferries, said: “It is important that we invest in new technologies and new vessels that respect the environment in which we operate. Equally, we must not forget that our customers expect Brittany Ferries ships to be comfortable, relaxing and adapted to the digital age.

“These objectives are compatible and I believe Honfleur will set a new standard for ferries operating on the Channel.”

Every aspect of Honfleur’s interior has been carefully considered with the digital age in mind. Free Wi-Fi will come as standard in all cabins and public spaces, and a digital information lounge will serve as her focal point.

Quiet lounges, panoramic views and reading areas will complement cabins designed to sooth and reflect the unique ambience of a short voyage by sea.

“This is a ship that has been truly designed with the customer at heart and Honfleur will be the first full-service cruise ferry to embrace the digital age,” added Mike Bevens, Brittany Ferries’ commercial director.

“She will reaffirm our position as a class-leading operator thanks to LNG propulsion and an interior that has been carefully considered to meet the needs of everyone. It’s a huge step forward for us, a clear statement of our intent for the future and a reassuring signal for our customers, eight in 10 of whom are British.”

Honfleur will offer a top-class, à la carte restaurant serving locally sourced meals prepared by French chefs on board. In addition to the à la carte restaurant, Honfleur will host a self-service facility, café and bar serving light snacks.

Her digital information lounge will present inspiration for future visits on big screens, revealing the richness and variety of holiday destinations around the coastline of the European west, as well as information on current destinations for passengers. They will be able to research things like connection times, view recommendations suggested by other passengers and find out more about services on board.

Two cinemas have been included in the design, alongside other areas designed to keep children and teenagers entertained. Like other ships in the fleet, she will feature boutique shopping and showcase original works of art by local artists.

After Honfleur’s arrival, the cruise-ferry Normandie will move east to serve the Portsmouth - Le Havre route.

Posted on 22nd June 2017 at 03:45 pm in Ferry Operators | Brittany Ferries | Ferry News |

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