Guernsey Press

Condor Islander completes first passenger and freight sailing

CONDOR Islander’s first passengers disembarked in Guernsey yesterday morning after months of preparation.

Condor Islander arrived in St Peter Port Harbour completing its first passenger and freight service to Guernsey. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32652601)

The overnight ferry arrived in Guernsey with freight and several domestic vehicles at about 8am yesterday morning.

Elaine Ellington and Jonathan Side were the only two foot passengers arriving back in Guernsey, where they live most of the time.

‘It was very nice on board, and we enjoyed a great meal in the restaurant which was sea bass with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and new potatoes,’ she said.

Mr Side said he had about eight-and-a-half hours of comfortable rest.

‘The cabins were lovely and cosy, but compact,’ said Mr Side.

The pair said that they did not have any issues with the sailing, although it was Islander’s first carrying passengers.

Another local passenger on the Islander’s maiden voyage said that the boat had lots of room, great food, a spacious cabin and friendly staff.

Condor Islander was due to arrive from Portsmouth on Saturday morning, however the service was cancelled due to the gale-force winds of Storm Babet.

The conventional ferry is expected to be favourable to passengers as it will be the first ferry in the Condor fleet to welcome dogs on board in pet-friendly cabins, after the operator noticed an increasing trend of pet travel into the Channel Islands in recent years.

The introduction of the Condor Islander coincides with the Condor Liberation being withdrawn from service for two months to undergo maintenance.

It will run alongside the Commodore Clipper throughout November and December.