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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

-ENDS-

 

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

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

-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

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

October 9, 2017

Irish Ferries Chooses W.B. Yeats as the Name of its New Cruise Ferry

Irish Ferries has revealed the name of its new €144 million cruise ferry. It will be christened W.B. Yeats – after Ireland’s most-loved poet – when it arrives in Dublin next year.

The name was chosen after it had drawn ‘strong support’ from the public in a competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries from both sides of the Irish Sea.

According to a spokesman: ‘it was clear from the poll that there is widespread public affection for W.B. Yeats due to his extraordinary writing, his contribution to Irish theatre, and to Irish society.’

Acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures, William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin and educated in Ireland and London. Recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature, he helped to found Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. Amongst the poems for which he is most fondly remembered is ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, a composition inspired by his many holiday visits to Sligo, where, in a churchyard beneath Ben Bulben, his remains now rest.

The decision by Irish Ferries to name their new vessel W.B. Yeats is one that continues the tradition adopted by the company of selecting names drawn from the world of Irish literature.

Commenting, Irish Ferries’ head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said: “In choosing W.B. Yeats from the many whose works are revered by Irish people and students of literature the world over, we have selected one that will give the new vessel its own distinct identity and stir memories of a poet who is held in high esteem by so many, in Ireland and abroad”.

When built, the W.B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars and 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies. Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges and dedicated facilities for pets.  Freight drivers will have their own exclusive areas of the ship.

The new vessel is expected to sail on Dublin/Holyhead and Ireland/France routes from mid-summer 2018.

www.irishferries.com

 

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: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

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