September 13, 2017
By Beacon_PR

Irish Ferries wants ‘a big name for a big ship’

Irish Ferries is looking for a name for its new 55,000 tonne cruise ferry, currently being built in Germany.

The huge ship is costing around €144 million and is due to come into service next summer.

The ferry company has launched a competition at a special website, where anyone – whether Irish or not – can suggest a name.

But don’t even THINK about suggesting ‘Boaty O’Boatface’ or something similarly flaky.

Oh no. Irish Ferries takes its ships seriously and is looking for another ‘literary’ name to stack up alongside its existing fleet, which includes Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Ulysses.

“We’re looking for a name that conveys a real sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past, with an emotional appeal not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the amazing new ship,” says Irish Ferries head of passenger sales, Dermot Merrigan.

All suggestions – which must be made by 29 September 2017 – will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.

The new ferry is already being described as being ‘truly cruise class’, with a choice of bars and lounge space, à la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.

As well as room for over 1,800 passengers and crew, and more than 500 cars there will be 440 cabins including luxury suites with private balconies, as well as a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation.

Operational and scheduling details will be announced in due course.


ARTIST’S IMPRESSION of the new ship available


About Irish Ferries

  • Currently five vessels in the fleet: Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde, Epsilon and the Jonathan Swift fast catamaran.
  • Routes include Holyhead to Dublin; Pembroke to Rosslare; Dublin to Cherbourg; Rosslare to Roscoff.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.


Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR:  01572 748 800




Sign up