Following an extensive refit programme at shipyards in Turkey and Liverpool, the Stena Europe has resumed its scheduled sailing services on the Rosslare-Fishguard route.
The Stena Europe upgrade programme took longer than had been anticipated but, as Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea South) Ian Davies said, the upgraded vessel will now offer a significant improvement in customer care. “I know there has been a certain amount of frustration with the delayed return of the Stena Europe, a very popular vessel with our freight and travel customers. We had planned for a number of improvements and additions throughout the ship, both of a technical and customer-facing nature, but we did encounter a number of challenges that impacted on our works delivery schedule, for which I would like to apologise to our customers.
“Apart from a number of technical upgrades, our freight customers will be particularly pleased to hear that we have altered our deck height to be able to accommodate the increasing trend for high-sided trailers and for our travel customers we have also added a new Hygge Lounge, which offers luxury reclining seats set in a private, ultra-stylish but cosy surrounding, an upgraded Retail Shop, and a refurbished Happy Children’s play area, to name a few changes.”