The ferry industry is gearing up for growth with more than £1 billion of investments announced for new ships, port and service facilities in the next four years, according to figures released by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferries.
Irish Ferries has ordered a second new cruise ferry, which will start sailing between the UK and Ireland in 2020. The boat will be built in Germany at a cost of €165 million.
Irish Ferries is expecting to carry thousands of Irish sports fans to the UK for the Olympics, with many of them travelling by coach.
Irish Ferries says bookings for travel from the UK to Ireland this summer are ahead of last year, with forecasts for June, July and August ferry traffic “very healthy”, says head of passenger sales Declan Mescall.
Irish Ferries expects to carry 50 per cent more passengers on its ferry services between the UK and Ireland over Easter than at the same time last year.
Irish Ferries today announces that all bags will continue to be carried free of charge on their ferries between Britain and Ireland.
Irish Ferries will be the only carrier operating a fast ferry to Ireland this autumn and winter, as rivals end fast ferry services on 14 September.
Irish Ferries has abolished all charges for children under 16 travelling to Ireland this summer.