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Making waves at last ... Irish Ferries’ new £130m cruise ferry W B Yeats

The completed hull of the new £130m Irish Ferries cruise ferry W. B. Yeats saw water for the first time yesterday (19 January) at Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft shipyard in Germany, where the vessel is being built.

Bearing the familiar Irish Ferries lettering and colours, and the name along its bow and stern sections, the vessel entered the water stern first.

cruise ferry W B Yeats
The W B Yeats begins her journey into open water

Set to be the largest and most luxurious ferry ever to sail on the Irish Sea, the W. B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 435 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies, and almost 3km of car deck space.

The 54,985-ton vessel will arrive in Dublin in July when it will enter year-round service on Ireland – France and Dublin – Holyhead routes. The name W. B. Yeats was chosen after drawing strong support from the public in an online competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries.

Meanwhile, remaining construction work on the hull will be completed and the vessel fitted out with all of the technical, operational, décor, furnishings and passenger amenities required onboard.
Before scheduled services can commence, it will undergo sea trials, crew training and docking procedures at the Irish, UK and French ports into which it will operate.

Irish Ferries managing director Andrew Sheen Andrew Sheen said: “The launch of our new cruise ferry W. B. Yeats – and the expectation of our second new cruise ferry yet to come – herald in a new era in ferry travel between Ireland, UK and Continental Europe bringing with it new standards in terms of passenger and freight capacity, comfort and reliability beyond anything previously envisaged.”

The Flensburg shipyard will shortly start building a second, even larger cruise ferry for delivery in 2020 which was commissioned only weeks ago by Irish Ferries parent, Irish Continental Group plc, at a contract price of £145m.

Posted on 20th January 2018 at 12:41 pm in Ferry Operators | Irish Ferries | Ferry News |

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