Q&A with Steve Newbery about Côte d’Opale

Côte d’Opale is our upcoming combined passenger and freight ferry that is destined for the Channel. It is currently under construction at the AVIC WEIHAI SHIPYARD CO LTD in China. With the launch getting closer, we thought we would catch up with our Onboard Commercial Director, Steve Newbery, to find out more about this ship which will be setting sail with us this summer.

What are you most excited about for the new Côte d’Opale ship? 

I’m excited about the impact it will make to our customers. With additional freight capacityspacious interior restaurants, new Duty Free shop and relaxation areas, it will be a fantastic ship for both our freight and leisure customers.

What makes this different to the Calais Seaways which she is replacing? 

The Côte d’Opale is much longer in length. In fact, it will be the longest ship on the channel, meaning freight capacity will be significantly improved. Plus, there will be plenty of room to relax, have a bite to eat and take in the sea air on deck. The Côte d’Opale has half the number of engines as Calais Seaways so will be much more environmentally friendly with improvements in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions compared to the Calais Seaways. She will also offer a very smooth crossing with her active stabilisation.

What can passengers expect to find onboard? 

The Côte d’Opale will have the largest Duty Free retail space on the channel with 1100 square metres.  Our onboard shop will offer Duty Free savings of up to 50% on a range of premium perfumes, wines, spirits and more! 

It will also offer a choice of three restaurants with various dishes, some inspired by the Côte d’Opale region itself.  

As our ferries run 24 hours a day, there will also be dedicated spaces onboard for passengers to relax. Our Premium Lounge will offer an exclusive, laid back space for passengers to spend a peaceful crossing with scenic sea views and complimentary refreshments. But I think everyone will notice the relaxing space onboard available to enjoy the journey.  

Not forgetting our freight drivers, the Road Kings lounge will offer complimentary dining, showers and a place for drivers to rest.  It will be the largest Road Kings and provide everything our valued drivers need to relax and refresh.  

Describe the Côte d’Opale in three words. 

Spacious, modern and exciting.

When will the Côte d’Opale set sail? 

The Côte d’Opale will set sail this summer, just in time for those long-awaited summer holidays, and all the DFDS Channel team look forward to welcoming her.   


Steve Newbery

March 22, 2021