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Up and running ... rousing send off for Condor Liberation’s maiden voyage - with pictures

After months of preparation, Condor Ferries’ new £50m state-of-the-art fast ferry, Condor Liberation, embarked on her first official sailing today from Poole to the Channel Islands, to much fanfare.

Hundreds of local school children and ferry enthusiasts joined the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams, at Baiter Park to watch this momentous event in Condor Ferries’ history unfold.

The large crowd cheered and waved flags as the state-of-the art-ship sailed across Poole Harbour, past Brownsea Island and the Sandbanks Peninsula.

Condor Liberation is the first ferry of her kind in Northern Europe, and marks a new era in sea travel. With a trimaran (three hull) design, she offers greater stability and better sea-keeping abilities, providing a smoother ride for passengers.

Condor Liberation maiden voyage
Condor Liberation sets off from Poole for the first time (above) cheered on by local children (below)
Condor Liberation maiden voyage

Alicia Andrews of Condor Ferries said: “Today marks a very important milestone in the history of Condor Ferries. We are very excited to welcome Condor Liberation into service and delighted to see the huge crowd gathered at Baiter Park to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

“Bringing Condor Liberation into service has been a great team effort, not only from Condor but also from our many partners who have been involved throughout the fit-out process. Condor Liberation marks a new era of sea travel, and we are immensely proud to have her in our fleet. We hope our customers enjoy being onboard our superb new ship.”

Condor Liberation maiden voyage
Mayor of Poole Peter Adams with Liberation Captain Giles Wade on the bridge before lift-off (above) and with children from the Old Town Infant School and Nursery (below)
Condor Liberation maiden voyage

Since her arrival into Poole on Boxing Day, Condor Liberation has undergone an extensive customisation programme to introduce an impressive new Duty Free shop - Adore, children’s play area, plus a range of eating and drinking outlets. Passengers can now also choose from three new seating lounges, including two upgrade areas - the Horizon lounge, which offers panoramic views through floor to ceiling windows, and the Ocean Club lounge with its all-leather reclining seats and first-class at-seat steward service.

Condor Liberation will sail daily from her UK base of Poole to the Channel Islands throughout the summer, offering more opportunities to travel, improved reliability and a much greater level of comfort with smoother journeys.

Condor Liberation maiden voyage
Children from Courthill Infant school and wellwishers who gave Condor Liberation a rousing send-off

Posted on 27th March 2015 at 02:49 pm in Ferry Operators | Condor Ferries | Ferry News |

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