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April 11, 2018

Irish Ferries: National Ferry Fortnight Update

The Irish Sea welcomes a €150 million cruise ferry this season, with the W.B. Yeats arriving in mid-summer.

During the summer IRISH FERRIES’ huge new ship will first of all provide Irish holidaymakers with amazing trips to France, and then from September 2018 will offer travellers between Holyhead and Dublin the most luxurious service on the Irish Sea.

At 195 metres long and weighing in at just under 55,000 tonnes W.B. Yeats will have capacity for up to 1,885 passengers and crew, and space for 1039 vehicles on the car decks.

Impressive facilities will include 435 cabins including suites with outside balconies, plus fabulous public areas from restaurants and bars to Club Class lounge and on-board cinema and shops.

The ship’s name, W.B. Yeats, was chosen following a competition which attracted almost 100,000 entries from members of the public on both sides of the Irish Sea.

REST OF FLEET

The Dublin Swift, the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea, it is a catamaran capable of crossing from Holyhead to Dublin in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes.

Ulysses, the largest ship on the Irish Sea at 50,000 tonnes, with superb facilities for passengers sailing between Holyhead and Dublin twice each day, in each direction (journey time approx 3 hours 15 minutes).

Epsilon sailing Holyhead/Dublin and Dublin/France.

Isle of Inishmore sailing twice daily between Pembroke and Rosslare in 4 hours.

Oscar Wilde sailing between Rosslare and Cherbourg/Roscoff.

FARES

Holyhead/Dublin and Pembroke/Rosslare fares start at £79 one-way for a car, and with passengers from £30 each way for the UK market.

The equivalent €uro fares start at €89 one-way for a car, with passengers from €30.

FEATURES

  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, complimentary drinks and snacks, magazines and newspapers) available on all ships except Epsilon. £16 (or €18) supplement per person each way.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges, shops, children’s facilities and cinemas on all ships except Epsilon.
  • Pets (with appropriate documentation) carried free of charge either in the passenger vehicle or on-board kennel.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Irish Ferries Holidays can combine ferry travel with accommodation to create great-value packages at hand-picked hotels, family-friendly holiday cottages and at hundreds of B&Bs.

Special offers include free nights at hotels, free places for children under 16 and free weeks at holiday cottages on selected dates.

DRIVE TIMES TO PORTS

To Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.

To Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.

www.irishferries.com  08717 300 400

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Irish Ferries YouTube channel, with footage of W.B. Yeats build and launch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FWoEWcOS48

 

Artist’s impressions and images of the new ship available from jane@beaconpr.co.uk

April 4, 2018

Irish Ferries ‘Sweet Deal’: Save 20% on Sailings to Ireland

Irish Ferries has a sweet deal for travel to Ireland. The ferry company is discounting 2018 fares to Ireland by 20% – but hurry, bookings must be made by midnight on Tuesday 10 April!

These Spring Sale savings are on ALL ferry sailings between the UK and Ireland, INCLUDING the high-speed Dublin Swift catamaran.

This offer is valid for travel through to 18 December 2018, including May Bank Holiday, spring and autumn half terms and peak summer holidays, making this a fantastic opportunity for families.

“There’s so much to do and see in Ireland this year, from visiting Star Wars film locations to the Pope’s visit in August,” says head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan.

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

Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance of travel, and by midnight on 10 April.

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

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 www.irishferries.com 08717 300 400,

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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.
February 21, 2018

Family Holidays in Ireland this Easter: save 10%

Irish Ferries Holidays has a host of hand-picked holiday cottages and hotels that can be packaged up with return self-drive ferry crossings for a great-value inclusive holiday – and if booked by 28 February there’s a saving of 10% on normal prices!

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is easy to reach by ferry into either Dublin or Rosslare: a three to four-hour crossing is the perfect length for children to enjoy the cruise ferry’s entertainment centre, watch a film in the on-board cinema or take a (supervised) walk on deck to spot other ships.

And if booked by 28 February, a week between 29 March and 15 April costs as little as £547 for a family of five, saving 10% – and that’s including ferry travel!  That’s for seven nights at Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow, where a cluster of cottages is perfectly placed for discovering Ireland’s Ancient East.

The attractive three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  All houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions with Easter activities such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

08717 300 400 www.irishferries.com 

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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

January 29, 2018

Expanded Holiday Range from Irish Ferries: save 10%

Irish Ferries’ 2018 range of self-drive holidays are now on sale, with an expanded choice of hand-picked hotels and holiday cottages, and an early booking offer: save 10% on all packages booked by close of play on 28 February.

Newly featured in County Cork is a range of luxurious and contemporary holiday homes on the 220-acre Castlemartyr Estate. The two- and three-bedroom lodges are set in three locations across the grounds:  on the site of the former glass-houses and orchards, in the grounds of the ruined 12th century castle and at the lodge gates.

The estate, which is 20 minutes’ drive from Cork City, has extensive woods, parkland and riverside walks to discover (there’s a leaflet describing the various trails) and also offers (at additional cost) horse-drawn carriage rides, fishing, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting.

The five-star Castlemartyr Hotel is at the heart of the estate, and lodge guests are welcome to use the bar and restaurants and, (chargeable) the Spa and Golf Course.

The Castlemartyr Estate is a great base from which to visit Fota Wildlife Park, Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, the historic port of Cobh and the beautiful coastline which is no more than 10kms away.

PRICE: A week’s stay, to include return cruise ferry crossings for a car and two adults starts at £559 this year, or £503 if booked by the end of February.  A week’s rental at Easter for a family of four is £671 (or £604 with the early booking offer).

Irish Ferries now offers self-drive, self-catering packages at 26 different locations across Ireland, from County Sligo in the north to County Waterford in the south, and within easy reach of Dublin. Its chosen hotel partners include family-run seaside resorts, city centre hotels and historic castles.

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

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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

January 22, 2018

Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry W.B. Yeats is in the water!

The W.B. Yeats, Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry which comes into service this summer, reached a key milestone today (Friday 19 January), when the ship was formally named in traditional style, and the completed hull launched into the water.

The ship’s name, W.B. Yeats, was chosen following a competition which attracted almost 100,000 entries.

John McGuckian (chairman), Eamonn Rothwell (chief executive), David Ledwidge (chief financial officer) from parent company Irish Continental Group plc, and Andrew Sheen (Irish Ferries’ managing director) were among those present at the slip launch of the 54,985 tonne vessel at the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gessellschaft mbH & Co KG.

The cruise ferry, which will start sailing between Ireland and France this summer, and subsequently serve on the Holyhead/Dublin route, was formally ‘christened’ in a traditional ceremony in which a bottle of champagne was smashed against the hull.

“Seeing W.B. Yeats taking shape like this, and already painted up in Irish Ferries livery, is very exciting,” says Andrew Sheen. “The design and build of this vessel really does herald a new era in ferry travel to and from Ireland.”

The €150million cruise ferry, which will have capacity for up to 1,885 passengers and crew, will be completed over the coming weeks with the addition of impressive facilities such as restaurants, lounges and 435 cabins, including balcony suites. Delivery is scheduled for June.

Earlier this month, Irish Ferries confirmed an order for a second new cruise ferry with the same shipyard. It will be delivered in 2020.

www.irishferries.com

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For video footage and images of the launch, contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk

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