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Inside the Channel’s newest ferry as it sets sail for the UK

DFDS new ferry
  • New DFDS ferry, Côte d’Opalewill be the longest on the Dover-Calais route
  • Ship departs China today for its 6,000-mile voyage to the UK
  • Interactive tour and film gives exclusive preview of what passengers can expect onboard

(27 May 2021) A new cross-Channel ferry started its 6,000-mile journey to the UK and will arrive on the Dover to Calais service just in time for the summer holidays.

To mark the occasion, owner DFDS has released an interactive tour and film giving passengers an exclusive preview of the Côte d’Opale, which has to-date only been seen by DFDS staff and workers at the Weihei shipyard in China, where it was built. The ferry will be the longest on the Channel, at 214 metres, when it joins the route this summer. It can carry up to 1,000 people and up to 180 lorries and its extensive outside decks offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy the journey. 

Among the highlights onboard are the largest duty-free shop on the Channel – a 1,100 square metre, modern, open-plan shopping experience with an overhead atrium allowing for plenty of natural light. The shop will feature separate areas for perfumes, spirits, luxury goods and electronics, and the ferry operator has teamed up with fellow Danish-brand LEGO® to offer exclusive discounts on its products onboard. The companies have also collaborated on two LEGO®-themed children’s play areas onboard. 

The new ferry will also be faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the Calais Seaways, which it will replace. A sleeker hull design and two-engine layout is expected to reduce fuel consumption by around 25 per cent, as DFDS seeks to meet ambitious targets for emissions reduction by 2030. 

Filip Hermann, Vice President and Head of BU Channel for DFDS, said:“The outbound ferry journey sets the scene for a traveller’s whole holiday experience. We’re expecting to see a renaissance for ferry travel once Europe opens its doors to UK visitors as holidaymakers seek out all the benefits that we can offer, including relaxing on board in spacious surroundings, with scenic sea views, and a chance to refuel before the onward journey – it’s quite a contrast to other modes of transport.

“Passengers beginning their holidays this summer won’t just be excited to get away for the first time after lockdown but, on the Côte d’Opale, will be travelling on the most modern ferry on the cross-Channel service. Customers today have higher expectations for their journey and the Côte d’Opale will exceed anything they have experienced before on this route.”

To find about more about Côte d’Opale visit www.dfds.com.