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January 3, 2018

Irish Ferries to build a second new super cruise ferry!

Irish Ferries has ordered a second new cruise ferry, which will start sailing between the UK and Ireland in 2020.

The cruise ferry will be built in Germany at a cost of €165.2 million. The same shipyard is already building Irish Ferries’ new ship W.B.Yeats which is due for delivery this summer.

When built, the new ship will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, offering space for up to 1,500 cars, or up to 330 freight trucks. It is expected to weigh in at approximately 67,300 tonnes.

The cruise ferry will be designed specifically to sail between Holyhead and Dublin, in tandem with Irish Ferries’ current flagship Ulysses, which will replace the chartered ferry Epsilon (operating in the fleet since 2013).

The new cruise ferry will be built to the highest standards of cruise shipping, and equipped with systems to meet current and known future environmental regulations, delivering optimal fuel consumption.

A unique design feature will be three tier bow loading capability for freight vehicles, to maximise efficient loading/unloading and minimise turnarounds.

Fantastic passenger facilities will include a choice of bars, restaurants (both à la carte and self-service options), Club Class lounge, state-of-the-art entertainment options and cinemas, more than 150 cabins, and retail outlets.

The additional capacity of the new ship on the Holyhead/Dublin route will, by 2020, allow W.B.Yeats to sail between Ireland and France year round.

Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer for Irish Continental Group (the owners of Irish Ferries) says:

“This investment underpins the confidence we have in the markets in which we operate. Alongside the recent investment in W.B.Yeats, it brings our total investment to €315 million for these two vessels. The construction of a cruise ferry of this size offers both additional capacity and an enhanced experience for both our tourism and freight customers.”

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.

 

January 1, 2018

BITE SIZED BULLETIN – A reminder of what’s new for 2018 from Beacon PR Clients

  1. Camping le Clarys Plage making its debut with Venue Holidays
  2. More new cottages from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire
  3. New properties with private pools for Vintage Travel
  4. Family multi-activity packages in Croatia with Zenith Holidays
  5. New villas extend Crete range of holiday homes from Freelance Holidays
  6. Three new holidays from sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel
  7. Irish Ferries new super-ferry to sail between UK/Ireland from September
  8. New Suffolk adventure centre for family holidays with PGL

 

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  1. Venue Holidays, has expanded its choice of campsites in The Vendee, with Camping le Clarys Plage making its debut in 2018. The campsite – situated four miles of St Jean de Monts – is the perfect location for a family-friendly holiday with its many facilities including a spectacular swimming pool complex with a lazy river, water slides and numerous fountains, plus a 10-metre high ‘Space Boa’ water slide. A stroll of around 400 yards leads to the nearest sandy beach.  A seven-night holiday in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking in May is priced from£200, increasing to £1020 in peak season. Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue on request and cost from £84 for a return Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.  01233 629950, www.venueholidays.co.uk

    2.         On offer from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire for the first time in 2018 is  Bentonville, a newly-built detached holiday home perched above the beach at Freshwater East and with its own hot tub and swim spa. This contemporary property – with natural slate floors, stainless steel and glass fittings and bi-fold doors opening onto a decked balcony – sleeps 10 in five bedrooms (two en suite) and is ideally positioned to take in the magnificent sea views.  A seven-night holiday in 2018 starts at £1040 increasing to £3355 in peak season.  Other new properties include The Cottage, a listed period thatched property (sleeping seven) built in 1920 in the seaside village of Saundersfoot. 01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

    3.         Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, has expanded its portfolio of properties with private pools.  Additions include Quinta dos Castanheiros, a magnificent villa in the Minho, Portugal,  set in 10 acres of private woodland and sleeping 10 in five en suite bedrooms. The villa is situated outside the hamlet of Rebordoes, three kms from Ponte de Lima.  Its considerable extension has created an elegant home with two sitting rooms, a superb dining room, a beautifully equipped kitchen and a games room. It is an idyllic private retreat and in the grounds there is a large, private swimming pool and open and covered terraces.  A seven-night holiday in 2018 starts at £1998, increasing to £2950 in peak season.  Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage on request.  01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

    4.         Zenith Holidays is featuring its multi-activity family holidays in Croatia in 2018 offering rafting, hiking, swimming and cycling along the Mreznica River, through the Plitvice Lakes National Park and to the Una River in Bosnia.  This seven-night holiday – on offer between June and September – is based at the Hotel Zeleni Kut, a family-run hotel on the banks of the Mreznica.  Peak season prices are from £685 per person based on two adults and two children over 12 years of age in two rooms on a half-board basis. Also included are airport transfers, five days of activities, use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets and helmets, plus ground transportation and the services of an English speaking guide.  Flights are not included in the package.  0203 137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk

    5.         Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has expanded its choice of holiday homes on Crete to more than 60 for 2018, adding characterful villas with private pools in Stylos, Rethymnon and Plaka.  For example, newly-renovated Villa Vangelis offers outstanding value for a couple, with an additional twin to sleep four if wished. Stone-built, it balances rugged character with modern facilities in a standalone spot with far-reaching views. A week’s rental starts at just £693, making this two-bedroom property more than good value even for a couple! Freelance Holidays allows any-day-arrival at virtually all properties, even in peak season, making it easy to mix and match low-cost flights to create holidays of any length of stay. Price excludes flights and car hire. 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

  1. Sociable singles holidays specialist Friendship Travel has three new holidays for summer 2018. It is one of the first UK companies to feature newly-renovated Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados and its first Hosted holiday there takes off on 24 February, with eight, 11 and 15-night holidays available, from £2995. In Portugal, the company has added the coastal town of Olhao in the Ria Formosa National Park. The seven-night holidays offer 5-star luxury and value with excursions on four days included and prices from £1135. The third new holiday is an exclusive charter of a traditional gulet to sail around the Ionian Sea from its home port of Zante. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, kayak and snorkel, as well as explore picturesque ports and tiny islands. Prices start at £1295. 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com
  1. Irish Ferries’ new €144 million cruise ferry W.B. Yeats will start to sail between the UK and Ireland in September 2018. Currently being built in Germany, it is expected to weigh in at 55,000 tonnes, making it the largest to operate on the Irish Sea. Fabulous facilities 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. www.irishferries.com
  1. PGL will open Bawdsey Manor on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in 2018 offering Family Adventure holidays. The impressive 144-acre estate at the mouth of the River Deben includes a private beach and the gabled 19th century house is Grade II* Listed. After a transformation programme this winter, Bawdsey Manor will offer activities such as archery, abseiling, canoeing, climbing, fencing, rifle-shooting, a giant swing and zip wire, Jacob’s ladder, a high-flying trapeze plus orienteering and beach safaris. For families with children as young as five, PGL will offer seven, four and two-night multi-activity holidays and breaks. A seven-night holiday starts from £489 per adult/£409 per child. Prices include accommodation, all meals, activities, equipment, instruction, supervision and evening fun. 0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/families

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January 1, 2018

Irish Ferries’ Early Booking Offer Now Saves 25%

Irish Ferries has increased its early booking offer to a massive 25 per cent off 2018 ferry fares to Ireland  – 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, making Ireland a fantastic choice 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.

Normal 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 £159.

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


Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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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.

 

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 

 

-ENDS-

 

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

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