Irish Ferries is urging Britain’s Irish diaspora to book now if they’re planning to go home to Ireland for Christmas or New Year.
“More than 400,000* people born in Ireland now live in the UK,” says head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan, “and as many as six million people are reckoned to have Irish roots, so it’s no wonder the festive season is our busiest time of year.”
Fares for travel between 22 December and 5 January lead-in at £89 one-way for a car and driver for midweek travel booked in advance.
Irish Ferries is moving the Oscar Wilde from its France routes onto the Holyhead/Dublin ‘corridor’ to provide more capacity at this busy time. It will operate alongside the Ulysses and the Dublin Swift.
With this change Irish Ferries can carry 3,000+ vehicles and 5,250 passengers from Britain to Ireland in a single day in the run up to Christmas.
The last sailings on Christmas Eve are at 1410hrs from Holyhead to Dublin and on the South Wales route from Pembroke to Rosslare, the Isle of Inishmore will depart at 1445hrs.
And for those taking Christmas presents to Ireland, the fact that there is no charge for bags and baggage when travelling by ferry is a huge bonus.
“As long as it fits in the boot or the back of the car, you can pile in as many presents as you like, all for free,” says Merrigan.
There are no sailings on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, and the first ferry from Ireland back to the UK is the 0805 sailing from Dublin on Saturday 27 December.
Tel: 08717 300 400
About Irish Ferries
• Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
• Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
• Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
• Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.
• Ship-wide free WiFi.
*Source: United Nations International Migration Report 2013