Hundreds of spectators were on hand to wave the vessel off on its way to Guernsey and Jersey, re-opening the historic ferry link between Weymouth and the Channel Islands.
Amongst the guests on board for the inaugural sailing were John and Rosemary Bowditch from Weymouth, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a day trip to Guernsey. Mr and Mrs Bowditch, who were married just months after Condor Ferries first began to operate from Weymouth, were presented with a bouquet of flowers by Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Councillor Ray Banham as they embarked, in celebration of their special day.
Also making the journey across the Channel was Margaret Durrant, who had travelled over 3,000 miles from her home in Toronto, Canada to take the ferry across to Guernsey.
The daily service from Weymouth to Guernsey, Jersey and St Malo in the school summer holidays will now give easy access to the Channel Islands’ stunning scenery, sandy beaches and most popular attractions, from the Jersey War Tunnels and world-famous Durrell Wildlife Park, to Castle Cornet and Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House on Guernsey, where the author wrote his most famous work, Les Misérables.