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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

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 

 

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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.

 

October 18, 2017

Irish Ferries is ‘Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator’ for Coach and Group Travel for a second year running…

Irish Ferries has once again been voted ‘Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator’ at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2017 held on Wednesday night.

Speaking at the ceremony, Marie McCarthy, Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager, said:  “We are delighted to have won this award for a second year running and would like to thank Group Leisure readers who voted for us, we are all genuinely thrilled.
The ferry company’s dedicated Groups department provides support to thousands of group organisers every year, both during and after the planning process for trips to Ireland, whether the group is heading out to the Wild Atlantic Way, exploring Ireland’s Ancient East or simply heading to everyone’s favourite Irish city – Dublin!

Marie McCarthy, Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager, is well-known across the travel industry and on collecting the award said, “Everyone at Irish Ferries is so thrilled with our ‘Best Ferry Operator’ award. We constantly pride and measure ourselves on the quality of our fleet and the high levels of service offered by all staff – both in our offices and on board our ships – and we are so grateful to have this recognised by all the Group Leisure readers who voted for us. Many, many thanks from all of us to all of you.”

“Irish Ferries’ popularity with groups is based on our reliability and value, as well as the first class facilities offered to coach drivers, the support given to elderly and less mobile passengers and of course, extra services such as real-time sailing updates via our mobile-friendly website and ship-wide Wi-Fi.”

She added, “This is a very exciting time for Irish Ferries as we’re currently expecting delivery of a brand new ship next year at a cost of €144 million. In terms of the space and accommodation on board, the new ship will be the largest cruise ferry on the Irish Sea, will without doubt raise ferry travel to a new level of luxury and I just know our group passengers are going to absolutely love it!”

When the new ferry comes into service in 2018, it will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew. Spread over four decks, passenger accommodation will consist of 440 cabins, amongst them luxury suites with views out to sea from their own private balconies, as well as a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation.

Described as being ‘truly cruise class’, on-board facilities will include a choice of bars and lounge space, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge.

Pictured (attached) left to right:  Tim Fleming (Arena Group Travel), Ann Pye (Irish Ferries’ Holidays Manager), Marie MCarthy (Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager) and magician Ben Hanlin.

www.irishferries.com

Group Reservations: 0151 242 1615

About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
  • Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
  • 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

 

 

May 25, 2017

Stay at Ireland’s Best B&B with Irish Ferries

Springview Farmhouse has been named ‘B&B of the Year’ by B&B Ireland, the representative body for the Irish bed and breakfast sector. The Kilkenny farmhouse features in Irish Ferries’ B&B programme, and can be packaged with ferry crossings for a great-value short break or as part of a touring holiday.

“It may only have three guest bedrooms, but Eileen Joyce has given hundreds of our travellers a warm welcome over the years and we congratulate her on the award,” says Ann Pye, holidays manager at Irish Ferries.

Springview Farmhouse is at the heart of the family’s mixed farm in beautiful, rural County Kilkenny. Bedrooms are furnished in traditional style, as befits the house’s early 19th century origins.  Eileen welcomes guests with fresh-baked scones on arrival and serves a ‘full Irish’ breakfast each morning.

The B&B is no more than half an hour’s drive from fabulous Kilkenny city to the east – with its castle and cobbled streets as well as a host of good cafes and restaurants – and the same distance from medieval Fethard and the impressive Rock of Cashel.

A three-night break at Springview Farmhouse, including return ferry crossings for a car and two people, starts at £432 per couple (total) sharing a double or twin room.

Irish Ferries also offers pre-paid ‘go as you please’ B&B vouchers that can be used at hundreds of B&Bs across Ireland, packaged with ferry crossings from either Holyhead or Pembroke.

08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

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About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
  • Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
  • 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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