Salamanca is a new E-Flexer-class vessel built for French shipping company Brittany Ferries. It was constructed by Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai), under an order from Stena RoRo, for Brittany Ferries.
Stena RoRo is supplying a series of E-Flexer-class vessels to Brittany Ferries on a long-term charter basis. The Salamanca ferry was delivered to Brittany Ferries in November 2021, following the completion of sea trials on the Yellow Sea in China.
The vessel is expected to commence operations in Spring 2022, ferrying passengers and cargo on routes between Portsmouth, UK, and Spain.
Salamanca ferry design and features
Each vessel in the E-Flexer series is uniquely tailored to the customer’s requirements. Architecture and design studio Figura Architects provided the interior design for Salamanca.
The vessel has a length of 214.5m, draught of 6.4m and breadth of 27.8m. It offers 2,723 lane metres of space for freight and can accommodate 1,100 persons, including passengers and crew. Powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel engines, Salamanca is the first vessel in the series to feature gas engines.
The passenger and cargo ferry will also offer a wide selection of culinary delights.
Accommodation on board Salamanca
The cabins feature the biggest bunks in the Brittany Ferries fleet. The two-berth Commodore suites accommodate double beds with direct access to the outside deck and complimentary access to the Commodore C-Club Lounge. The two-berth Commodore Club cabins provide twin beds and also offer complimentary access to the Commodore C-Club Lounge.
Offered in two categories, the wheelchair-accessible, two-berth cabins on board the Salamanca are designed to support the needs of wheelchair users. The Standard Plus inside cabin category features twin beds, air conditioning and wheelchair access to the bathroom, as well as an alarm and telephone. The wheelchair-accessible Premium Plus outside cabin category offers a view of the sea through the window. The outside cabins have limited availability.
The four-berth Club cabins are air-conditioned Premium Plus cabins with en-suite facilities, air conditioning and bunk-style beds. Each cabin can accommodate four persons or serve as a large two-berth cabin with two lower berths.
The four-berth inside cabins of Standard Plus category are furnished with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Each cabin can accommodate four persons or serve as a large two-berth cabin with bunk beds.
The Salamanca also offers two types of pet-friendly cabins in the Standard Plus category. The pet-friendly four-berth inside cabins feature bunk-style beds, air-conditioning, en-suite facilities and laminate flooring with space for a standard size animal bed.
The Premium Plus category also includes pet-friendly four-berth outside cabins furnished with bunk-style beds, air-conditioning, en-suite facilities and laminate flooring. The cabins offer space to accommodate a standard size bed for a pet.
Dining and bar amenities
Restaurant Azul is the main restaurant on the Salamanca ferry. It will offer a range of dishes and buffet foods and will be open for lunch as well as an inclusive three-course evening meal.
Taberna de Tapas is a Spanish-themed restaurant that will offer a range of authentic tapas dishes, including patatas bravas and popular regional items. The restaurant will offer a continental or Spanish breakfast and also serve the inclusive three-course meal from Restaurant Azul during busier seasons.
The Commodore C-Club lounge is an exclusive premium lounge that offers free access for passengers staying in Commodore class cabins. It also features limited spaces for other passengers on a chargeable basis. The lounge offers a host of complimentary services and will allow passengers to buy wines from self-service machines.
The lounge will offer hot and cold beverages, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices. Snacks will include fruits, nuts, olives, and an assortment of cakes and desserts. The lounge will offer a continental breakfast menu, cold buffet foods for lunch, and hot and cold buffet foods for dinner.
The Plaza Mayor is the vessel’s main bar, which features a huge skylight to enable the entry of natural light. It is also installed with a big screen for sports events and music shows.
Entertainment facilities on board Salamanca ferry
The Salamanca will offer a duty-free shopping experience at its boutique, which is located in the heart of the ship. Passengers can shop for souvenirs, perfumes, magazines, books and a wide selection of wines from the wine cellar.
A video on demand (VOD) service will be available throughout the ship. It will offer films, radio and TV shows that can be accessed from a digital device using the vessel’s on-board Wi-Fi as well as on the in-cabin TV.
An indoor kids’ play area is located inside the main restaurant, with another play area located outside the bar.