Archive for the ‘Ferries’ Category

U.K. Ferries

June 11, 2018

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Given the fact that the United Kingdom is an island, in fact a series of islands, its hardly surprising that we have quite a lot of ferries operating form our ports.

The UK is just 24 miles from the French coast, between Dover and Calais (France). Although we built a channel (train) tunnel, I understand that the Ferries are still thriving on this popular route.

There are ferries to Ireland, Holland, Spain, the Channel Islands and the Scottish Isles, to name just a few destinations.

P&O’s Spirit Of Britain

P&O ‘Spirit of Britain’ review: HERE

However we have lost some ferry routes, including those to Scandinavia, probably due to the success of the budget Airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair.

The good news is that the latest ferries have more in common with cruise ships in size, facilities and decor, than the rusty old tubs that they once were. The food and service can also be pretty good too!

Ben My Chree (IOM Ferry) review: HERE

Ben My Chree

Ferry slide-shows: HERE

Stena Hollandica review: HERE

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New Ferry Route To Connect Ireland-Spain

January 22, 2018

(Courtesy Brittany Ferries)

Brittany Ferries has announced a new route into northern Spain.

Starting at the end of April, the service will link Cork and Santander (Spain), making two return-sailings a week.

The move will be the first time there has ever been a ferry service linking Ireland and Spain.

The announcement comes as Brittany Ferries celebrates its 40th year in Ireland.

The popular Cork to Roscoff (France) route opened on St Patricks Day in 1978 and has been serving Irish holiday makers and haulage companies ever since.

A new ship will be chartered to serve the route to Spain, and to deliver an additional weekly return-sailing from Cork to Roscoff.  To be called Connemara, she will follow the successful économie model that the company has established on services from the UK to France & Spain.

As well as opening a new route Connemara will add much needed capacity to the company’s existing line to France, creating more opportunities for short breaks.

(Breaking Travel News)

Another forthcoming Ferry:

Irish Ferries Places Order for Another Vessel

January 3, 2018

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Irish Ferries has ordered a second new cruise ferry, will be built in Germany at a cost of €165 million, She will enter service between the UK and Ireland in 2020.

The same shipyard in Flensburg, Germany, is building Irish Ferries’ new ship, the W.B. Yeats, which is due for delivery summer 2018.

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. She is expected to be around 67,300 gross tonnes.

The cruise ferry will be designed specifically to sail between Holyhead and Dublin, in tandem with Irish Ferries’ current flagship Ulysses.

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

(Irish Ferries)

Ulysses Irish Super Ferry slide-show: HERE

Oasis For Holyhead?

December 26, 2017

(Courtesy Richard Williams)

A multi-million pound cruise ship berth could be built in Holyhead (U.K) by 2020 as liner visits continue to surge.

Holyhead will welcome 34% more passengers next year than in 2017, bringing the total to 36,000 on 43 ships.

These will include vessels like the 2,500 passenger Brilliance of the Seas and help pump extra money into the tourism economy across north west Wales. But the port is still restricted by its berthing facilities – currently using the Orthios jetty or anchorage and tender vessels to bring passengers to and from shore.

Now a multi-use berth development is again under consideration on Salt Island which could accommodate the biggest cruise ships in the world in Holyhead port.

A spokesperson for Anglesey County Council said: “Royal Caribbean have been advising uson all the technical aspects with regard to the Oasis class(cruise vessels)”.  In addition they said: “43 cruise ships have already been confirmed for 2018. A traditional Welsh welcome will be included in all of the visits as well as a full itinerary of fun activities for all to do in Anglesey and North Wales.”

(Daily Post)

The Isle Of Man

September 20, 2017

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The ‘Isle Of Man’ is an island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland.

I would imaging most Brits have never been there and most will never go there. Well, they are missing out.

The Isle Of Man served by the ‘Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’ velssels, which is the oldest continuously operating passenger shipping company in the world. They celebrated their 180th anniversary in 2010.

In parts of the this charming island, time has stood still. It still has  a vintage steam railway (1875), a vintage electric railway(1900) and horse-drawn trams still serving the two mile promenade.

Ben-My-Chree ferry slide-show: HERE

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

August 30, 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830.

Today they operate regular ferry (and a fast ferry) services which connect the Isle of Man to Heysham, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin.

Steam packet carries around 600,000 passengers annually and 170,000 cars and motorcycles. This represents an increase in passenger traffic of around 35% and 50% in vehicle traffic since 1996.

If you have never been, the ‘Isle of Man’ is a charming, un-spoilt little island in the Irish sea, steeped in history. I’d recommend it.

Below is a review and slide-show of ‘Ben My Chree’ (Woman of my heart) which is their current all-weather ferry.

Ferry Review: HERE

Malcolm

Other Ferry slide-shows: HERE

Tilbury Gets A New Ferry

July 9, 2017

08/07/17 Tilbury Ferry

A NEW operator took  over the historic Tilbury Ferry service in May 2017.

The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel.

It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries – in the 1990s under the name Martin Chuzzlewhit.

The Medway-based company has been awarded a temporary contract to operate the service and is maintaining the same six day timetable as before.

It was  the end of an era for regular users of the service when the previous operator’s boat carried out her final service.

Duchess M, belonging to Captain John Potter’s Lower Thames and Medway Passenger Boat Company, had been working the crossing since 2002. She had originally been a Gosport ferry under the name Vesta.

Curiously the vessel is a trimaran fast-ferry, but given the route is only takes a few minutes to cross, it is unlikely to ever go fast. It has a capacity for 50 passengers.

I must say that even on a very calm day on the Thames, it did rock and roll a bit. It is also easy to bump your once head inside, on the low ceiling.

I fully appreciate that 99.9 per cent of you reading this are not remotely interested, but Tilbury is my local port.

Malcolm

New Tilbury Ferry slide-show: HERE

Fast Ferry

August 26, 2016

I know a few of my readers have an interest in ferries and fast-ferries.

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After all the big car ferries (such as Ulysses) are just like state-of-the-art cruise ships with a car deck or two.

Then we also have the fast-ferry technology: often catamarans (Seacats) propelled by water-jets.

Below is a slide-show of the fast-ferry ‘Condor Rapide’:

Regular readers will also know that I am a big fan of HOVERCRAFT.

Malcolm