New Marine Atlantic ferry Atlantic Vision christened

Nadya Bell
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With white table cloths, granite floors, four times as many cabins as the other ferries and a hot tub, Capt, Stan Peet says the province's new passenger ferry is sure to impress.

Marine Atlantic's new ferry was officially re-named the Atlantic Vision Thursday.

"You get that real cruise ship feel as you walk around because it's very well-appointed and it's very visually attractive. That was certainly our first impression with the vessel when we first walked on board," Peet said while he conducted a tour of the ship.

With white table cloths, granite floors, four times as many cabins as the other ferries and a hot tub, Capt, Stan Peet says the province's new passenger ferry is sure to impress.

Marine Atlantic's new ferry was officially re-named the Atlantic Vision Thursday.

"You get that real cruise ship feel as you walk around because it's very well-appointed and it's very visually attractive. That was certainly our first impression with the vessel when we first walked on board," Peet said while he conducted a tour of the ship.

The Atlantic Vision recently pulled into port after a transatlantic crossing from its previous operations as a ferry between Estonia, Finland and Germany.

The vessel was built in 2002 in Germany, and has been chartered by Marine Atlantic until 2013. At 203 metres the Atlantic Vision is slightly longer than Marine Atlantic's Joseph and Clara Smallwood and the Caribou, and will be able to operate in the same weather conditions.

Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie's wife, Jane, attended the naming ceremony and with, Danielle Locke, the winner of Marine Atlantic's name the vessel contest, officially named the vessel and released the bottle of champagne to smash on the ferry's side.

"It's not every day we get to do this, to enhance our fleet and increase our capacity, so this is certainly a proud occasion for everyone at this corporation," said Wayne Follett, president and CEO of Marine Atlantic.

The Atlantic Vision has the capacity to take 531 passenger cars on four vehicle decks, and can take a maximum of 1,054 people, including crew.

Sr. Chief Steward Lloyd Ford says they have beds for 662 passengers, so they hope to offer sleeping accommodations on the day as well as night voyages from Port aux Basques during operations in 2009.

"I think we've got enough cabins for everyone. I don't think there'll be a night travelling where you won't get a place to sleep," Ford says.

Deluxe cabins on the top level of the ferry are like small hotel rooms with a double bed, window and desk. Marine Atlantic is looking for a private business to operate the spa that is also on the top level, equipped with a massage table, men and women's sauna and a hot tub.

The hot tub is in a large blue-tiled open area with windows to port and starboard and a large domed skylight directly above the pool. Peet says the spa is truly the "jewel in the crown" of the vessel.

On the passenger deck there is a marble reception desk, granite floors, and public Internet access in a tourism kiosk that will be available during crossings.

The main lounge area is in the fore of the ship, with large wrap-around, red plaid sofas that do not have arm rests between the seats.

Wide windows in the lounge look out over the bow, allowing passengers to watch as the ship approaches its destination.

"If you're leaving Nova Scotia at four o'clock at the night and you're coming towards Port aux Basques and we get a lovely sunny day coming in, you can see the table mountains of Newfoundland. It'll be a real treat for the passengers," Ford says.

Passengers can eat at an all-hours canteen, an all-you-can-eat buffet with white table cloths or in a formal dining setting with full table service.

"We're changing direction, and it's the right direction as far as I'm concerned. Little things like a white table cloth and a napkin, it's the right way to go for our department," Ford says.

Peet says he's not worried about the wine glasses during the often-stormy crossing to Nova Scotia after how the vessel took hurricane-force winds during the Atlantic crossing.

"We were estimating some of the seas to be 12 to 15 metres in height, in the 40-foot range, and it was quite extreme, and the vessel handled it very well," he says.

Commercial vehicle traffic makes up a large portion of Marine Atlantic's business and so the vessel has a separate trucker's lounge, and truckers' cabins with private televisions.

nbell@thetelegram.com

nbell@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Germany, Estonia, Finland Port aux Basques Nova Scotia Newfoundland

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  • sandy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Any chance RATES will be increased to sleep in a bed instead of a bunk? Do we know of any politicians who use this service?

    THANKS to STEVE for getting us this new ship !

    PS.. I like the SPA....now when you need help from MA staff, you will know where to find them !

  • j
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    what and miss the opportunity of your insightful wisdom!

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Is this story about Jane Crosbie ?

  • Mr. Busy Body
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Golly Gee thanks Rusty! ...and Sandra? You are one of the reasons Grand Falls has to shut its mill. PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR NEWSPAPERS.

  • Steve Baker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Jim, try clicking on the link under the Related Photo Galleries near the title of the article if you want to see pictures of the craft - inside and out. It's about time Newfoundlanders were treated with a little class as we hop back and forth off the Island. I remember too many voyages where my family tried to get a nice area of floor to sleep on!

  • Johnny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Very nice vessel and should make the crossing a lot more enjoyable. Marine Atlantic, please now train your staff how to keep it clean, how to address customer concerns appropriately, and for God's sake please install something in the kitchen other than a fat fryer. I beg you to improve the quality of the food.

  • Transplanted Newfoundland
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    For online users, on the main page of http://www.thetelegram.com/ on the bottom right, you can click the front page to see if full size. Still not a great picture of the vessel.

  • garigola
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Dear sirs/ madam, speifically NAYDA, i would like to apologize for my previous comment , as i misread part of your article on christening of ATLANTIC VISION. Where CAPT. PEET stated crossing to NOVA SCOTIA i thought he meant coming across atlantic straight to NOVA SCOTIA & realize my mistake. Please accept my apology & keep up good work. Rgds. ROBERT J. WALL GARIGOLA

  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    nice photo of mrs. c...too bad you couldn't get a photo of the vessel though!

  • garigola
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I don,t believe this vessel has been to NOVA SCOTIA yet as written in article above. I thought she came across straight from EUROPE to ST. JOHN,S. An error in reporting i presume,

  • Sandra
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Mr. Busy Body from NL... so we all have to buy a tree-based, dirty, inky paper created with copious amounts bleach AND read online regardless of where we live ? Get real.

  • t
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Sounds great, but I shudder to think what the price tag will be. Will they jack up the rates again? Look at what we're paying now, for a barely functioning boat. And will these services be inluded with your fare, or charged separately. This sounds like as great improvement, but could get pricey for passengers.

  • Rusty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Ha i just died at busy body's comments
    Owned

  • Mr. Busy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    J F...If you purchased the newspaper, you would see that THERE IS a picture of the vessel on the front page...you TIGHTWAD.

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I think all the luxury features are great! I just hope the staff on board are up to the task of delivering top notch service to go along with it.

  • sandy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Any chance RATES will be increased to sleep in a bed instead of a bunk? Do we know of any politicians who use this service?

    THANKS to STEVE for getting us this new ship !

    PS.. I like the SPA....now when you need help from MA staff, you will know where to find them !

  • j
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    what and miss the opportunity of your insightful wisdom!

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Is this story about Jane Crosbie ?

  • Mr. Busy Body
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Golly Gee thanks Rusty! ...and Sandra? You are one of the reasons Grand Falls has to shut its mill. PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR NEWSPAPERS.

  • Steve Baker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Jim, try clicking on the link under the Related Photo Galleries near the title of the article if you want to see pictures of the craft - inside and out. It's about time Newfoundlanders were treated with a little class as we hop back and forth off the Island. I remember too many voyages where my family tried to get a nice area of floor to sleep on!

  • Johnny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Very nice vessel and should make the crossing a lot more enjoyable. Marine Atlantic, please now train your staff how to keep it clean, how to address customer concerns appropriately, and for God's sake please install something in the kitchen other than a fat fryer. I beg you to improve the quality of the food.

  • Transplanted Newfoundland
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    For online users, on the main page of http://www.thetelegram.com/ on the bottom right, you can click the front page to see if full size. Still not a great picture of the vessel.

  • garigola
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Dear sirs/ madam, speifically NAYDA, i would like to apologize for my previous comment , as i misread part of your article on christening of ATLANTIC VISION. Where CAPT. PEET stated crossing to NOVA SCOTIA i thought he meant coming across atlantic straight to NOVA SCOTIA & realize my mistake. Please accept my apology & keep up good work. Rgds. ROBERT J. WALL GARIGOLA

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    nice photo of mrs. c...too bad you couldn't get a photo of the vessel though!

  • garigola
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I don,t believe this vessel has been to NOVA SCOTIA yet as written in article above. I thought she came across straight from EUROPE to ST. JOHN,S. An error in reporting i presume,

  • Sandra
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Mr. Busy Body from NL... so we all have to buy a tree-based, dirty, inky paper created with copious amounts bleach AND read online regardless of where we live ? Get real.

  • t
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Sounds great, but I shudder to think what the price tag will be. Will they jack up the rates again? Look at what we're paying now, for a barely functioning boat. And will these services be inluded with your fare, or charged separately. This sounds like as great improvement, but could get pricey for passengers.

  • Rusty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Ha i just died at busy body's comments
    Owned

  • Mr. Busy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    J F...If you purchased the newspaper, you would see that THERE IS a picture of the vessel on the front page...you TIGHTWAD.

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    I think all the luxury features are great! I just hope the staff on board are up to the task of delivering top notch service to go along with it.