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Big deal ... Irish Ferries orders largest cruise ferry in the world

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

The vessel will be built in Germany at a cost of €165.2m by the same shipyard already building the W.B.Yeats,  which will start sailing this summer.

The new ship will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, carrying up to 1,500 cars or 330 freight trucks. It is expected to .

The super ferry, weighing in at approximately 67,300 tonnes, 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 which has been operating in the fleet since 2013.

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

new ferry W B Yeats
The new ferry will join the W. B. Yeats, already under construction in Germany

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

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) said: “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 €315m 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.”

Posted on 4th January 2018 at 05:13 pm in Ferry Operators | Irish Ferries | Ferry News |

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