Irish Ferries mark keel-laying of new cruise ship
A delegation of senior Irish Ferries officials last week attended the keel-laying ceremony for a new €144 million, 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry being built on behalf of the company in Flensberg, Germany.
Due to be delivered next July, the new vessel will be the largest and most luxurious ferry ever to sail on the Irish Sea. It will enter year-round service on the Dublin - Holyhead and Ireland - France routes.
On board, it will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies, and almost 3km of car deck space. Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges, exclusive areas for freight drivers, and dedicated facilities for pets.
The delegation was led by Irish Ferries managing director Andrew Sheen who presented the shipyard with a ceremonial coin, commissioned by Irish Ferries, which was placed within the keel section of the ship.