Condor Fast Cat Ferry


From Naval Vessel To The Newest Member Of The Condor Fleet

The Condor Rapide…

Who would have thought you could change a former navy ship from Australia into a fast craft Condor Ferry that can take you from Weymouth and Poole in Dorset to St Malo in France this Summer…


Well that is exactly what Condor Ferries have done and it will be launching 13 May 2010 from Weymouth and then it will run from 3 June 2010 from Poole to Jersey, Guernsey and France.

The Newest member of the Condor Fleet is named the Condor Rapide and will be operating along with the other Condor ferry services to Western France and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

She is an 86 metre fast catamaran and has been commissioned to replace the older Condor 10.

In her previous existence she was in service as part of the Royal Australian Navy and was formerly known as HMAS Jervis Bay and was one of the first catamarans to be used in this navel role and took part in transporting troops and aid and rescuing people as part of the peace keeping force in East Timor.

Now in her new Role as Passenger and Car Ferry she can transport eager holidaymakers and daytrippers off on their travels where they will be able to enjoy the delights of the old Walled City of St Malo in Brittany, or continue their journey through France.

Before becoming part of the Condor fleet her previous owners invested a huge sum of money in upgrading her and Condor Ferries have also spent a substantial sum in order for her to obtain the highest standards that you come to expect from Condor.

This newest member of the fleet will increase the capacity for everyone wanting to travel from Weymouth and Poole to St Malo this Summer.  So why not try spending a week in Weymouth or Poole and then pop over to France for a dual centre holiday using one of the Condor fleet.

If you are holidaying in Poole this Summer why not try a daytrip using the Condor Rapide.  With its larger capacity than the Condor 10 you will find the interior significantly larger for passengers and cars. and don’t forget there is also the on board Duty Free Shop with the usual array of perfumes, cigarettes, tobacco, wines and spirits, gifts and toys and Fashion Accessories that you would expect on a cross channel ferry.

And if you are holidaying in  Weymouth you can catch the fast ferry and just pop over to France for a spot of Lunch and Retail therapy before returning to the UK at the end of the day, what could be better!

Author:  Pratley Caravans