New DFDS ferry Côte D’Opale makes maiden voyage to Dover

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New DFDS vessel Côte D’Opale completed its maiden voyage from Calais to Dover last night, and has become the longest ferry operating on the English channel crossing.

New DFDS ferry Côte D’Opale makes maiden voyage to Dover
Photo: DFDS

The vessel has capacity for 160 trailers and 1,000 passengers, making it one of the largest cross-channel ferries currently in operation.

When the ferry was delivered to DFDS back in May, CEO Torben Carlsen said the new vessel was a “fine example of how we combine cargo and passenger traffic without compromising the onboard experience.”

“With capacity for 160 trailers and space for 1000 passengers and crew, the Côte d’Opale is a fine example of how we combine cargo and passenger traffic without compromising the onboard experience. We appreciate Stena’s E-Flexer design, which has made it possible to adapt the ferry, in collaboration with Stena, to the wishes associated with the short crossings across the Channel”.

On its website, DFDS boasts that the Côte d’Opale is well equipped for post-covid travel.

The ferry operator says that passengers will receive an inclusive meal on every crossing in restaurants set up for socially distanced dining. For light bites, the ferry’s Lighthouse Café offers sandwiches, bean-to-cup coffee as well as cakes.  French dishes such as Magret de Canard and Tartiflette are also available in DFDS' 7 Seas restaurant, as well as “classic options” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In addition, the ferry will have a Road Kings Lounge that offers drivers a filling meal and a place to rest. Premium facilities also include hot showers and a quiet lounge for drivers to sleep while they sail.

When it comes to cabins, DFDS states that “there are extra-large areas so passengers can spread out, relax and enjoy the great onboard facilities in a Covid-19 secure way.”

The Côte d’Opale’s bow and stern have especially designed to fit the quayside facilities in both ports, and in addition, it is equipped with a third bow thruster to facilitate the many daily manoeuvres in port.

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