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New ‘cruise ferry’ to operate between Pembroke and Rosslare

Irish Ferries has announced it has acquired a new ‘cruise ferry’ to operate its services between Pembroke and Rosslare.

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Irish Ferries new 'cruise ferry' - 'Oscar Wilde'

The ferry, built in 2007 in Finland for Tallink Group was originally called the STAR, but will be renamed the OSCAR WILDE once it joins the Irish Ferries fleet.

Irish Ferries say the ship will be the largest and fastest passenger cruise ferry on the Irish Sea with an impressive capacity of over 2,080 passengers, 134 cabins, and ample space with over 2,380 lane meters for cars, coaches, and freight vehicles.

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Those travelling between Wales and Ireland and thinking of picking up a post-Brexit bargain will also find the largest duty-free shopping space for any cruise ferry on the Irish Sea of more than 17,000 square feet.

The ship interiors have a classic, modern feel and boasts Freight Drivers facilities, Club Class lounge, a self-service restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a bar, gaming facilities, pet facilities and family-friendly features such as a children’s play area.

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Passenger Lounge aboard Irish Ferries' Oscar Wilde
Passenger Lounge aboard Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde
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Passenger Lounge aboard Irish Ferries' Oscar Wilde
Passenger Lounge aboard Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde
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Lounge area of Irish Ferries' Oscar Wilde (Image: Irish Ferries)
Lounge area of Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde
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The 'Club Class' Lounge aboard Irish Ferries' Oscar Wilde (Image: Irish Ferries)
The ‘Club Class’ Lounge aboard Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde
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The bar area on Irish Ferries' Oscar Wilde cruise ferry (Image: Irish Ferries)
The bar area on Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde cruise ferry
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The play areas onboard Irish Ferries' 'Oscar Wilde'
The children’s play area onboard Irish Ferries’ ‘Oscar Wilde’
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Irish Ferries say one of the most exciting features of the OSCAR WILDE is its available speed. With a possible top speed of 27.5 knots, it is the fastest cruise ferry with the largest passenger capacity on the Irish Sea.

Commenting on the new addition, Irish Ferries Managing Director, Andrew Sheen, said, “We are delighted to announce the addition of the OSCAR WILDE to our fleet. This new ship will be a fantastic addition to our service, offering passengers and freight drivers the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities. Along with usual advantages of ferry travel in terms of no luggage restrictions or security queues, we are confident that the OSCAR WILDE will become a firm favourite with our customers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board.”

The OSCAR WILDE will enter service on the Rosslare / Pembroke route in early June, replacing the chartered BLUE STAR 1 for the busy summer period.

Irish Ferries is now taking bookings on www.irishferries.com for the new ship with fares starting from €246 or £206 for a return journey with a car plus 1 adult.

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