The red-painted Queen Beetle has compartments for groups and families on two passenger decks, a children's play area and a nursing room, a café and bar, a duty-free shop, lockers for luggage and accessible areas for wheelchairs and prams. An outdoor viewing deck complements the on-board experience for passengers.
The Australian shipyard Austal remains the only shipbuilder designing, constructing and sustaining large high speed trimaran ferries, globally. Since 2005, when Austal launched the first trimaran on the market with Fred Olsen's Benchijigua Express, the shipyard has built 14 trimarans, and another 11 are currently in the planning or construction phase. All Austal’s trimaran vessels have been powered by mtu Series 8000 engines, except for the 27 metre tri-swath wind-farm vessel, Cable Bay, delivered to Turbine Transfers of the UK in 2012, which used a 10V Series 2000 mtu engine, and the Queen Beetle, which will be the first trimaran powered by Series 1163 engines.