The Causeway Explorer is in Guernsey for winter, maintenance company director Charlie Smith said.
‘We finally had a break in the weather long enough to get Causeway Explorer safely to Guernsey,’ she said.
‘She has a few things being carried out, after all she has worked exceptionally well this season, carrying well over 3,000 passengers between Alderney and Guernsey, which is a lot of sailings back and forth, considering we can only carry 12 passengers on each trip.’
Ms Smith said the ferry was having standard engine maintenance as well as a good clean of her hull and being anti-fouled.
‘We will be doing the usual boat bits that need to be kept on top of.
‘We are also going to be giving her teak wood on the inside some much-deserved TLC – it’s something that we feel will keep her looking her best for our passengers.’
The ferry runs from March to October, seven days a week, between Alderney and Guernsey.
Ms Smith said that the ferry's booking system was now open so people can start to book for busy periods such as Alderney Week and bank holidays.
‘We have kept our prices the same as this season and have now made it that infants travel free of charge.’
The ferry company is planning new routes for next year, including Alderney to Cherbourg and Dielette, and Alderney to the UK. The Causeway Explorer will be back in service in time for planned pre-Christmas trips to France from Alderney.
The company is planning a trip to Cherbourg, with an overnight stay to give passengers plenty of time to enjoy the port, and a day trip to Dielette.
‘We will be organising a transfer to
Les Pieux from Dielette, a beautiful little French town only 10 minutes away,’ she said.
‘Hopefully December’s weather will be kind to us.’