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The Val de Loire joined the Brittany Ferries fleet in June 1993 as the companies flagship, sailing between Plymouth, Santander, Roscoff and Cork. Her operations remained largely unchanged until the arrival of the Pont-Aven in March 2004 which saw her transferred to Portsmouth where she operated daily sailings to St Malo and Cherbourg. It was announced on the 25th November 2005 that Brittany Ferries had sold the Val de Loire to North Sea operator DFDS Seaways for operation between Newcastle and Amsterdam, where she will be renamed 'King of Scandinavia'. After almost 13 years sterling service th
The King of Scandinavia entered service with DFDS Seaways on the 12th March 2006, operating between Newcastle and Amsterdam (Ijmuiden). The arrival of the King of Scandinavia increased the total capacity on the route from 2,758 passengers and 780 cars to 3,691 passengers and 960 cars, operating in tandem with the Queen of Scandinavia. Four months after her introduction as the King of Scandinavia bfenthusiasts.com took a behind the scenes look as to how the former Brittany Ferries flagship is faring at DFDS, as well as an exclusive interview with the ships Hotel Manager. Introduction