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DFDS Seaways welcomes Calais Seaways on the Channel 

Norman Spirit is renamed Calais Seaways following extensive refurbishment and renovated Dana Sirena renamed Sirena Seaways.

Award-winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has welcomed the newly renamed “Calais Seaways” to its Dover-Calais fleet. Formerly known as the Norman Spirit, the Calais Seaways has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, bringing it in line with the DFDS branding.

The cross-Channel vessel sailed from the port of Calais under its new name and livery for the first time on Sunday 17th March. In addition to her sparkling new exterior, the Calais Seaways has also had significant changes to her onboard facilities, many of which have been upgraded or renewed.

Internal renovations include a new forward lounge, which now comprises a brand new café area called the Opal Bar, as well as new carpets, flooring and toilet facilities. The onboard shop has also been renovated.

Facilities for freight drivers have also been improved, with the completely refurbished Road Kings restaurant, as well as a new relaxation area, showers and toilets for the exclusive use of commercial drivers.

Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of the Channel business at DFDS, said:

“We are delighted that the French authorities have agreed to lend the Calais name to the revamped ship, and look forward to continuing to work closely with them to promote our service, which bridges the gap between France and the UK.

“This also represents a significant financial investment from DFDS and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing a high quality service and experience for both passenger and freight customers.”

Other DFDS Seaways vessels that have recently returned to service after refurbishment include the Dana Sirena cruise ferry on the Harwich-Esbjerg route, which sailed into dry dock in Bremerhaven, Germany at the end of February and sailed back under her new name, Sirena Seaways.
The newly christened Sirena Seaways now sports the DFDS Seaways blue coloured hull and the Maltese cross, taken from the company logo, on its funnel.  Sirena Seaways is the third ship in the DFDS Seaways fleet to be given the ‘Sirena’ name, which means mermaid.  Sirena Seaways is the final ship in the fleet to adopt the ‘Seaways’ name. 

Images of both ships undergoing their transformations in the dry docks can be viewed at www.facebook.com/dfdsseawaysuk

DFDS Seaways operates ferry routes across the North Sea, the English and Western Channel and Baltic Sea.  For further information and details of special offers for 2013 please visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 882 0885. 

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About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing.  It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk