New Fred. Olsen trimarans to feature Clase Oro VIP lounge

New Fred. Olsen trimarans to feature Clase Oro VIP lounge
The new VIP lounge will feature time-sensitive mood lighting, an exclusive balcony and reclining seats (Image: Austal)

Two new Fred. Olsen Express trimarans will have a Clase Oro VIP lounge, with features including an exclusive balcony area and reclining seats.

Bajamar Express and Bañaderos Express are currently being built by shipbuilder Austal in Australia and the Philippines and are due for delivery by April 2020 and the end of 2020 respectively.

“The Bajamar Express and Bañaderos Express will really impress the travelling public, with new levels of comfort available in the popular Clase Oro lounge,” said David Singleton, CEO of Austal. “Passengers won’t want to leave these ships, with comforts that include an exclusive balcony area, executive-style reclining seats and GPS-configurable, time-sensitive mood lighting.”

Based on the ships’ position and the timing of the voyage, the lighting in the lounge automatically adjusts to provide the optimum ambient lighting. Clase Oro passengers will also benefit from priority boarding, as well as priority departure if travelling with a vehicle.

“You will certainly feel the difference in Clase Oro, which features the largest skylight on the ship and an improved, aerodynamic balcony design that improves the onboard experience,” said Juan Ignacio Liaño, Express fleet director at Fred. Olsen. “The Clase Oro outdoor terrace has been specifically redesigned to avoid wind gusts, and with new automatic doors that enable quick exit and re-entry to the lounge, our customers will enjoy a much more comfortable and enjoyable journey.”

The new ships’ funnels and major pipework have been repositioned to reduce throughout the vessels. A newly developed ceiling design and finish will also contribute to creating a quieter space, in which passengers will be able to enjoy multiple bars and kiosks, a retail shop and a children’s play area.

The two new 118-metre-long trimarans will each have capacity for more than 1,100 passengers, 66 of whom will be guests in the VIP lounge. Able to carry 276 cars each, Bajamar Express and Bañaderos Express will join the Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Agaete, Las Palmas routes in the Canary Islands.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
07 November 2019

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