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January 1, 2018

Book a 2018 trip to Ireland and save 20% with Irish Ferries

 

Irish Ferries is slashing 2018 ferry fares to Ireland by 20% – but hurry, bookings must be made by 23 January!

The savings are on all cruise ferry sailings between the UK and Ireland, and on the Dublin Swift fastcraft.

The offer is available for travel between 4 January and 31 August 2018, which includes all peak summer holiday dates, representing outstanding value, especially for families.

“Travel to Ireland is big news for 2018, with the beautiful west coast splashed all over cinema screens in the new Star Wars movie,” says head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan.

“This is a brilliant offer to tempt families and other travellers to commit to a trip to Ireland now – and make significant savings.”

Bookings must be made online, 48 hours in advance of travel, and by midnight on 23 January.

Fares for a car and driver start at just £79 one-way.

With the offer, a family of two adults and two children under 16 travelling by car in August with reservations in Club Class can save £125.

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com 

 

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Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

 

About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • New cruise ferry W.B.Yeats launches this summer
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea currently is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

December 13, 2017

Give the Gift of Travel on New Irish Ferries Cruise-ferry!

A last-minute gift that doesn’t rely on Christmas delivery dates can be booked online in seconds at irishferries.com. The recipient could be one of the first to travel on Irish Ferries super new cruise-ferry, W.B. Yeats when it comes into service between the UK and Ireland in September next year!

  • Vouchers are available for any amount between £5 and £400.
  • The giver can enter a festive message that is included with the voucher.
  • A printable voucher may be sent directly to the recipient’s inbox – or to the giver’s email address.
  • The voucher is valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase.
  • The value of the voucher is assigned to the email address provided for the recipient, which will need to match the email address for the actual travel booking.

W.B. Yeats is being built in Germany at a cost of €144 million. The new ferry is expected to weigh in at 55,000 tonnes, making it the largest as well as the most luxurious ferry to operate on the Irish Sea.

Fabulous facilities on the new ship will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, à la carte and self-service restaurants, a cinema, a shopping mall, a choice of bars and lounges and an outside promenade deck. There will also be 441 cabins, including luxury suites with their own private balconies.

W.B. Yeats will sail between Holyhead and Dublin from mid-September 2018, delivering additional capacity for 1,885 passengers and crew and 1,200 cars per crossing, onto the busiest ferry route between the UK and Ireland.

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com 

About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

December 4, 2017

Skellig Michael is the real star in new Star Wars film: see for yourself

Some of the most intense scenes from the new Star Wars film (opens 14 December) owe nothing to green-screen technology and everything to the real green of Ireland and the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael, an island off the Kerry coast.

Actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac – plus director Rian Johnson and crew – were challenged first to reach the island, then to climb more than 600 steps to the remains of the sixth century monastery that stood in for Luke Skywalker’s hideaway.

Landing on Skelling Michael is tightly controlled, because as well as being a heritage site it is a haven for puffins and other seabirds in breeding season, but several boat operators run trips out of Portmagee and Derrynane from mid-May to October.

Advance booking for this weather-dependent thrill are strongly recommended, but with so much to do and see in County Kerry, it makes sense to have a local base such as Irish Ferries Holidays’ featured cottages in Waterville.

The smart holiday homes are only 750 yards from the shore in this colourful village. Each offers open-plan living and four bedrooms for flexibility (plus three bath/shower rooms).

Irish Ferries offers a seven-night holiday for a family of two adults and three children under 16 for only £1088 in August 2018. This includes cottage rental and return Irish Ferries crossings for the family and car from either Holyhead to Dublin, or from Pembroke to Rosslare.

Boat trips to land on Skellig Michael cost from approximately €75 per person.

Like the film (classification 12A), age restrictions apply to boat trips: typically eight, ten or 12 years, depending on the operator, check before booking.

Landing on Skellig Michael is not possible for those with mobility issues, but trips around the islands may be (from approx €35).

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

Prices correct at date of issue.

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

November 8, 2017

Kilkenny’s Yulefest or Waterford’s Winterval with Irish Ferries

Hop on a ferry to Ireland for a Celtic Christmas market, and come home with a car full of unique Irish gifts – and no baggage charges! Irish Ferries’ top tips for pre-Christmas shopping are Kilkenny’s Yulefest and Waterford’s Winterval.

Yulefest Kilkenny has something to see every day in December in this lively medieval city that’s approximately 90 minutes’ drive from either Rosslare or Dublin ferry ports.

As well as an indoor ice-rink at Cillin Hill and an illuminated Christmas Garden at Butler House, there’s a pop-up Made in Kilkenny shop at 76 John Street that’s open every day during the run-up to Christmas. The range of locally-crafted gifts includes ceramics, leather, wool and glass, plus beautiful jewellery and scented candles.

Add weekend street entertainment, food stalls and seasonal concerts and it’s easy to see why Kilkenny draws visitors from all over Ireland. See yulefestkilkenny.ie for the full programme.

Waterford City’s Winterval festival gets bigger each year, kicking off on 17 November 2017 with its Christmas light switch-on, offering a host of events up to Christmas.

New attractions for 2017 include the Waterford Eye and a giant Snow Globe photo booth, while established favourites are a vintage carousel and Ferris wheel plus the popular toy train rides.  Every weekend the streets around the Cathedral are filled with food, craft and gift stalls.  Waterford City is about 90 minutes’ drive from the port of Rosslare.  Further information at winterval.ie

Travel to Ireland with Irish Ferries, sailing from Holyhead into Dublin, or from Pembroke in south Wales into Rosslare.

Return ferry fares for a car and two adults currently start at £282.  Alternatively, a short-break package including two nights at the Tower Hotel in Waterford for two people sharing a room on a B&B basis AND return ferries costs from £356.

Fares and availability correct at date of issue.


08717 300 400,
www.irishferries.com


About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

November 6, 2017

Irish Ferries Launches 2018 Schedule, incorporating its amazing new Cruise Ferry W.B. Yeats

Irish Ferries has unveiled its 2018 sailing schedule, incorporating the capacity offered by its €144 million cruise ferry W.B. Yeats.

The new ferry – currently being built in Germany – is expected to weigh in at 55,000 tonnes, making it the largest as well as the most luxurious ferry to operate on the Irish Sea.

W.B. Yeats will sail between Holyhead and Dublin from mid-September 2018, delivering additional capacity for 1,885 passengers and crew and 1,200 cars per crossing, onto the busiest ferry route between the UK and Ireland.

Fabulous facilities on the new ship will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, à la carte and self-service restaurants, a cinema, a shopping mall, a choice of bars and lounges and an outside promenade deck.  There will also be 441 cabins, including luxury suites with their own private balconies.

Before going into service on the Holyhead to Dublin route, W.B. Yeats will add much-needed high season capacity between Ireland and France.

After her maiden voyage on 6 July 2018, the new ship will offer Irish holidaymakers a cruise style travel experience, sailing between Dublin and Cherbourg throughout the summer.  When coupled with the existing vessel the Oscar Wilde, which currently serves the route, it will double the number of sailings between the two countries, with planned daily departures in alternate directions.

In another schedule change, the high-speed Dublin Swift catamaran, which crosses between Holyhead and Dublin in as little as one hour and 49 minutes, will provide a summer-only service in 2018.

For full schedule details visit the ‘Routes and Times’ section of www.irishferries.com

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION of the new ship available

About Irish Ferries

–        Currently five vessels in the fleet: cruise-ferries Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore and Oscar Wilde, ferry Epsilon and the fast catamaran Dublin Swift.

–        UK routes are Holyhead/Dublin; Pembroke/Rosslare. France routes are Dublin/Cherbourg; Rosslare/Roscoff and Rosslare/Cherbourg.

–        Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.

–        Free WiFi.

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk

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