Posts Tagged ‘Ulysses’

Irish Ferries New: W.B.Yeats

October 9, 2017


A new 144 million euro (£112 million) vessel from Irish Ferries is being constructed in Flensburg, Germany and is due to enter service on 1st July, 2018.

The new super-ferry has been named via a public competition “W.B.Yeats”, after Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

This new super-ferry will have a cinema, restaurants, shops and premium cabins with balconies. The ship is expected to serve the Dublin to Holyhead in Anglesey route during the week and take passengers from Ireland to France on weekends.

Irish Ferries revealed that the 50,000 tonne ‘Ice Class’ vessel will have capacity to accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew.
Facilities on board, spread over four decks, will include 435 cabins and a choice of bars, restaurants, cinemas and shops.
There will even be dedicated facilities for pets.

For the first time, there will be a dedicated car deck for 300 cars, which will be separate from the parking area for the freight vehicles. There will still be room for 165 freight vehicles with separate facilities for their drivers.

It is also the first time that Irish Ferries are introducing premium accommodation with balconies.

Those staying in these premiums Club rooms will have access to a separate, dedicated lounge with its own dining options.

The new Ice Class ship will be fitted with emissions scrubber technology, which helps to reduce pollution, making it the greenest vessel to date.

Irish Ferries CEO Eamonn Rothwell said that the cruise ferry ‘will offer a premium experience’ for customers.

The new ship will likely replace MV Epsilon on the three-hour journey from Dublin to Holyhead and the 19-hour journey from Ireland to France.

(Irish Ferries)

Ulysses Irish Super Ferry slide-show: HERE


MV ‘Ulysses’ Super-ferry

November 8, 2016

I know that there are some Ferry enthusiasts out there:

During this summer, I took a short trip to Dublin.

I chose  MV ‘Ulysses’ super-ferry, operated by Irish Ferries, to get there. This was the Holyhead to Dublin route, which is a 3 hour voyage. I’m told that this ferry route has existed since 1850!

When Ulysses entered service in 2001, she was the world’s largest RO PAX ferry, in terms of vehicle capacity.

Standing 12 decks tall, Ulysses can carry up to 2,000 passengers, 1,342 cars, and 240 trucks.

As you board the vessel, she resembles a large modern cruise ship. You very quickly forget that she has five decks of vehicles below you.

Her on board facilities include restaurants, two cinemas, TV lounges, video and electronic games, casino, children’s play area, two large lounge bars, a shop and a club class lounge.

Ulysses also has 228 passenger berths (cabins).

Due to Dublin harbour being relatively shallow, she was designed with a smaller draft and smaller propellers, to prevent her from  getting stuck in the silt.


Another super-ferry, Stena Holandica review: HERE

Seafrance Berlioz Cross Channel Ferry (slide-show): HERE

DFDS Ferries, Dover (slide-show): HERE

Fast Ferry

August 26, 2016

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


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.