In 2021, we were voted ‘Best Ferry Company’ for the 14th year in a row at the Irish Travel Trade Network Awards and were awarded in the UK ‘Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator’ in the Group Leisure & Travel Awards for the third year running.
The ferry services trades under the Irish Ferries brand operating three routes utilising a fleet of five vessels, four of which are owned and one which is chartered-in.
Isle of Inishmore
Epsilon (Chartered in)
Blue Star 1 (Chartered in)
Isle of Innisfree
Isle of Inisheer
Operating modern vessels, we carry passengers together with accompanying cars, coaches and other passenger vehicles on up to 37 sailings per day, increasing to 47 later in 2022.
Crossing times between Ireland and Wales on our cruise ferries varies between 3 hours and 15 minutes and 4 hours, while on our high speed craft Dublin Swift the voyage time is just 2 hours 15 minutes.
Our vessels offer high levels of on-board comfort, with spacious public lounges and quality catering services. The premium Club Class lounges provide magnificent sea views and complimentary drinks, snacks and newspapers with guests offered priority boarding.
Our overnight service between Dublin and Cherbourg France is served in the Summer season by the latest addition to our fleet the cruise ferry W.B. Yeats. This vessel has capacity for up to 1,800 passengers with sleeping accommodation in 440 cabins. In addition to the services which can be enjoyed on all our cruise ferries, passengers can also avail of fine dining in the Lady Gregory restaurant.
Our dual purpose cruise ferries also offer RoRo freight services for both accompanied and trailer only units on our served routes. Irish Ferries freight services are an integral element of Ireland’s international logistics chain, transporting 290,000 freight units in 2021. With our four owned cruise ferries designed for the demanding sailing conditions of Northwest Europe, together with two chartered-in vessels, we achieve the high levels of schedule integrity expected by our customers.
The Ferries Division also owns a number of container vessels which it charters outside of the Division. The three Elb vessels, CT Rotterdam and the CT Pachuca are on year-long charters to the Group's container shipping subsidiary Eucon on routes between Ireland and the Continent. The other three vessels, the Ranger, CT Daniel and Thetis D are chartered to third parties.