Ferry company Stena Line announced the new names for the rebuilt STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY earlier today. As STENA SCANDICA and STENA BALTICA respectively, they will join the Nynashamn – Ventspils route during 2021.
Her passenger accommodation is also being increased. This will allow her to carry 970 passengers and offer 200 cabins. 88 new cabins have been added to the same design as the brand-new Stena E-Flexer’s.
The interior of STENA SCANDICA will be updated to Stena’s latest design. Local company Cita Marine have been helping with the design process. Interior will be completed by Accomar Marine Interior.
STENA MERSEY will go to SEDEF for her own rebuild once she is released from the Belfast – Liverpool route by STENA EMBLA. The recently completed E-Flexer ferry is currently on her delivery voyage to the Irish Sea. As the new STENA BALTICA, she is expected to be in service on the Ventspils route for summer 2021.
According to Stena Line the company received almost 600 name suggestions for the ships from customers online. The company says that the rebuilt ships will include the following
- 200 cabins, including 88 brand new modern cabins with same design as our E-flexer ferries . All cabins include TV screens.
- Family cabins, as well as pet friendly cabins, and new pet kennels added onboard.
- Restaurant & Bar area with sea view and a café for lighter meals.
- Several lounge areas with reclining seats and TV screens available.
- Outdoor sundeck to enjoy fresh sea air and sun in the summer.
- Digital info screens and 24/7 guest service.
- Wi-Fi available in all public areas.
- 120 sqm. shop with great assortment and low prices.
Although originally designed for 1,000 passengers, STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY have sailed at a reduced capacity of 720 in Stena Line service. According to the company, this is to guarantee passenger comfort.
The two ships were originally built specifically for the Belfast – Liverpool route which was then operated by Norse Merchant Ferries.