I’ve written a blog post about the sale of Jonathan Swift. Please read it and tell me your thoughts? https://liamfjournalist.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/a-swift-exit/
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Tough old girls are the 'Darwins'. I think they are great ships to sail on. To be honest regardless what anyone thinks of P&O these are really nice vessels. Comfortable ships, and for 2003 their interiors were cutting edge, and in many respects set the standard.Ive seen ships being scrapped looking better than poor old Kent there. The rust around the MES lines is to be expected, but some pretty bad patches on the bow doors there by the looks of things. Hopefully she will get a full repaint. The guys in France on Facebook will probably have pictures in the next couple of days - looks like she is adjacent to Malo Seaways (which appears to still be afloat).
By P&O's own standards the Darwins due replacement in the next few years. It'll be interesting to see what with. Personally I don't think it will be a repeat of the Spirits, but thats just speculation.
European Endeavour should be dry docked in the next few months, anyone want to run a book on what livery she will emerge in ?
The Darwins will be renamed Pride of Cairnryan & Pride of Larne and cascaded to the North Channel. European Causeway & European Highlander will be lengthened and transferred to Liverpool to Dublin.
Oh and European Endeavour will be out looking stunning in the new P&O Livery, and completing a very smart Irish Sea Fleet
If Irish Ferries were to purchase these ferries a bow door installation similar to Superfast X and minor modifications to the stern with addition of a club class lounge would be enough to make this ferries ideal for operation for both short and long journeys.
I travelled on a full swift on Friday. There has been some improvements made to her with extra seating, new floors and carpets and little touches based on crew feedback.
Swift fills its own market nice and its now better than ever.