CONDOR is looking to utilise a Brittany Ferries’ ship from Poole for its Channel Islands’ and French operations when high speed passenger sailings resume this summer.
The newly named ship, the Condor Voyager formerly Normandie Express, is a 98m long high speed catamaran and will initially operate services from Poole to the Islands commencing in May. Condor has seen a surge in booking interest with Jersey and Guernsey proving popular staycation travel destinations this summer. The newly named ship Condor Voyager will provide more capacity for those wishing to travel by sea.
Brittany Ferries is a minority shareholder in Condor Ferries and the ship is currently undergoing engineering checks followed by sea trials. Once the evaluation has been completed and final approval granted, the ferry, will visit Poole next month to conduct mooring trials and familiarisation training for Condor’s crews and port staff prior to entry in service.
Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Operations Director, said the initiative is a great example of how the two companies are cooperating and looked forward to seeing the ship in local waters.
‘With the extra interest in Jersey and Guernsey for travel destinations this summer, the ship will provide greater car and passenger capacity for those wanting to visit these beautiful islands. On arrival in Poole, our team and crew will get her ready for service and start sailing in May.’
Condor Voyager carries up to 850 passengers and 235 cars. The catamaran can travel at 42 knots and the crossing to the Channel Islands can take around three hours.
Mr Dop added: ‘Interest in ferry travel is significantly up on previous years because of people’s desire to use their own car and benefit from the wide spaces onboard and enjoy fresh sea air on the outer deck. With the Islands being part of the Common Travel Area, people can take a stress free holiday with no tests before leaving, and no quarantine or testing once they arrive back into the UK. The Channel Islands are safe, clean, fresh, natural holiday destinations so a great place to escape to this year.’