Irish Ferries: Ferrying With Style

Irish Ferries operates as a passenger ferry and as a car ferry company as well.   It is a well-known fact that travelling with Irish Ferries means travelling in style. Snacks and drinks are offered all throughout the trip while  passengers can enjoy the panoramic view of the Irish Sea.

The Irish Ferries Fleet and Destinations

Its fleet is composed of 6 vessels which are MS Isle of Inishmore, HSC Jonathan Swift, MV Ulysses, MS Oscar Wilde, the MS Kaitaki and MS Pride of Bilbao.

The MS Isle of Inishmore made its maiden voyage in 1997.  This car ferry offers trips from Rosslare Europort to Pembroke with a cruising time of four hours.  Despite being a car ferry, it allows passengers to travel in style.  It features a Club Class lounge where passengers can enjoy a magnificent view of the sea with total comfort.  The lounge provides complimentary tea, wine, coffee and other drinks.

The HSC Jonathan Swift is otherwise and more popularly known as the Dublin Swift. Its maiden voyage was in 1999 with routes from Dublin to Holyhead.  Dublin Swift is considered as an Express Service.  The entire trip takes only one hour and forty-nine minutes since it is considered to be Irish Ferries’ fastest and most modern and well-equipped ferry.

The MV Ulysses is a newer ship which made its maiden voyage in 2001.   It sails from Dublin to Holyhead and the trip takes about three hours and twenty-five minutes to complete.   MV Ulysses is the largest ferry for cars in Ireland and it can accommodate up to 2,000 passengers.  Because of its size, the ferry offers a walking tour for passengers.  To while away time, passengers may also stay at the vessel’s Club Class lounge.

The MS Oscar Wilde is the newest ferry in the fleet which had its maiden voyage only in 2007.   It sails from Rosslare Europort, Ireland to Cherbourg, France and also from Rosslare Europort to Roscoff.   Rosslare to Cherbourg takes about seventeen hours and thirty minutes while Rosslare to Roscoff takes about fifteen hours.  Ferries from Rosslare to Roscoff operate only from May to September.  The MS Oscar Wilde is the most luxurious vessel in the entire fleet.  It has a cinema, a hair and beauty salon, a play area for children, a piano bar, lounges and 4 restaurants.

Irish Ferries has two other ships – the MS Kaitaki which is an inter-island Line and the MS Pride of Bilbao which both sail under charter with another company.  MS Kaitaki travels from Picton to Wellington and the MS Pride of Bilbao travels the route of Portsmouth Harbour and Bilbao.

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