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#FerrySuites – Ferry standards have risen to a new level in luxury as Irish Ferries unveil three Premium Suites on board their Ireland – France routes cruiseferry Oscar Wilde.

The new suites situated high up on deck 8 overlook the bow of the ship which sails between Rosslare-Cherbourg and on the seasonal service to Roscoff.

The new accommodation offers unobstructed sea views in which the twin-room suites offer passengers a level of comfort never before available on an Irish Ferries' vessel.

With cabin service provided by a dedicated steward, each double-roomed suite consists of a sitting room with cosy sofa seating and an adult sofa bed and an adjoining bedroom with king size double bed and ensuite facilities.

In addition the new suites include a mini-bar, complimentary fruit basket; Nespresso coffee and tea making facilities; a 32'' satellite web-connected television with wireless keyboard; air conditioning; a trouser press and hairdryer.

Inclusive of the suite price is breakfast for two in the ship's plush Berneval restaurant.

The new Premium Suites add to the accommodation offering on board Oscar Wilde which includes a choice of 2, 3, 4 and 5-star cabins.


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#MiniCruises – Since our report earlier this week regarding Irish Ferries French mini-cruises from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff, the ferry operator has announced that the length of time ashore for passengers has been extended to almost a week.

Under this new arrangement, mini-cruise passengers can stay in France for up to 6-nights from €147 per person return or for the same period costing €294 with a car, 2 people and a cabin.

To avail of this offer, bookings should be made no later than September 5th and travelling on the mini-cruises available up to December 19th 2013.

For further details of this mini-cruise offer and standard mini-cruise fares starting from €92, click this link.

Sailings schedules can be consulted here, noting the seasonal-only Rosslare-Roscoff routes ends with a round trip departing the Irish port on 19 September and returning from France on 20 September.


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#MiniCruises – Irish Ferries mini cruises to Cherbourg or Roscoff resume on Thursday 29 August and they provide an opportunity for a relaxing break away and to stock up on value wines and beers.

Mini cruises are of two nights on board Oscar Wilde (1987/31,914grt) and according to which route chosen and schedule permitting, your time ashore is 7 hours ashore in Roscoff or one hour longer if travelling to Cherbourg.

Fares for the mini-cruises are from €92 return per adult and from €49 return per child aged 4-15 years. Fares include a reserved seat or a bed in a 2 bed en-suite cabin when at least two people travel. Superior cabins are available at specially reduced mini cruise rates.

Should you be thinking of bringing a car or motorbike, the cost is €95 extra when two or more adults travel together. For further details click HERE.

As previously reported, Irish Ferries in 2013 celebrates 40 years of providing direct passenger and car ferry services between Ireland and France which first began in 1973 under the Irish Continental Line (ICL) banner and two other partners. ICL was the ferry division of the state owned Irish Shipping Ltd.

Over the four decades, six ferries have served the routes, starting with Saint Patrick, Saint Killian which was 'stretched' (to become Saint Killian II), Saint Patrick II, Normandy and Oscar Wilde which entered service in late 2007.


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#irishferries – Forty years ago this year, in June 1973, the direct passenger car ferry service between Ireland and France now operated by Irish Ferries began operation.

Managed by the then Irish Continental Line – subsequently joined by B&I Line under the Irish Ferries flag – the route was serviced by the passenger ferry vessel St. Patrick which had been built in Bremerhaven, Germany exclusively to service the route.

Initially, sailings operated between Rosslare and Le Havre. Later, services to Cherbourg and between Cork and Le Havre were added. Subsequently, because of the longer sailing time involved, services to/from Le Havre and Cork were discontinued. In time, a route to the French port of Roscoff was added to the schedule allowing Irish holidaymakers easier access to their favourite destinations along the west coast of France.

Today, direct services from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff continue to play an important part in Irish Ferries operations. Serviced by the vessel Oscar Wilde, the service operates year-round on a three sailings per week schedule and carries in excess of 200,000 passengers annually.

In business terms, the service makes a significant contribution to the economic welfare of Wexford and the South East generally, bringing benefit to accommodation and hospitality providers and others within the retail and services sector throughout the region. In addition, it plays a pivotal role in underpinning Rosslare Europort's status as an international ferry terminal through which substantial numbers of passengers and freight units pass each year.

Commenting on the anniversary, Irish Ferries Marketing Director, Tony Kelly said "over the past four decades, our services to France have made a significant contribution towards building Ireland's links with communities throughout Europe, especially within France, Germany and the Benelux countries."

"In trade, education, cultural affairs and in many other aspects of life, the connection that we have provided between Ireland and the mainland of Europe has been one of the key elements in Ireland's development as a leading EU member state" Mr. Kelly said.

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#SailingsCancelled - Due to adverse weather forecast on the Irish Sea for today (Friday 22 March), Irish Ferries have cancelled ALL Jonathan Swift 'fast-craft' sailings.

RE: Friday 22 March 2013
Due to adverse weather forecast on the Irish Sea for Friday 22 March, all Jonathan Swift fast craft sailings have been cancelled.
Ex Dublin 08.45HRS / 14.30HRS
Ex Holyhead 11.50HRS /17.15HRS

RE: Saturday 23 March 2013
Due to adverse weather forecast on the Irish Sea for Saturday 23 March, all Jonathan Swift fast craft sailings are 'Yet to be Confirmed'
EX Dublin 08.45HRS / 14.30HRS
EX Holyhead 11.50HRS / 17.15HRS

All passengers booked on these sailings will be accommodated on the Ulysses cruise ferry sailings as follows
Dublin to Holyhead 08:05/20:55
Holyhead to Dublin 02:40/14:10

For further information please call 0818300400 in Ireland / 08717300400 in the UK

NOTE: In addition to any further 'updated' sailing information available from the Irish Ferries 'FerryCheck' service by visiting this LINK.


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#Ferry News – Due to heavy seas, Irish Ferries French route vessel, Oscar Wilde had to abandon its approach to Cherbourg last night.

The cruiseferry with more than 500 passengers had departed Rosslare and made several attempts to dock at the French port with the assistance of tugs in winds of up to 100km an hour.

One crew member suffered a broken leg during one of the failed attempts after a line snapped. He is still on board but a spokesperson for Irish Ferries says he is being well catered for on board. For more the Irish Examiner reports.

According to the Irish Ferries website, the vessel is currently offshore of Cherbourg and is awaiting an improvement in weather conditions before a further attempt to berth will be made at 13.00 hours local time today.


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#Shipping – The Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, have released a statement of results for the year ended 2012.

Commenting on the results Chairman John B McGuckian said,''These are resilient results in the face of a challenging economic background. There is now some emerging evidence of an improvement in the Irish economic environment, but we remain cautious, particularly in relation to freight capacity.''

ICG produced another resilient performance in the face of continued economic weakness, which affects both consumer travel and import / export trade flows, the two areas of economic interest for the Group.

During the year the group announced, and completed, the sale of its subsidiary Feederlink. Consequently the results for the group's continuing operations (i.e. excluding Feederlink for both 2012 and 2011) are set out below.

Revenue for the year from continuing operations was up 1.7% at €256.1 million while continuing EBITDA1 was down 3.2%, to €45.8 million, due mainly to lower freight volumes in both Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo and higher fuel costs (up €6.3 million to €53.2 million) largely offset by higher yields in the passenger business.

The net interest charge was €1.8 million (2011: €1.0 million) before a net interest expense from defined benefit pension schemes of €1.6 million (2011: credit of €0.3 million). The taxation charge was €0.5 million compared with €0.8 million in 2011.

The profit on sale of Feederlink was €21.0 million. Basic EPS including the profit on sale of Feederlink was 183.2 cent while adjusted EPS from continuing operations was 104.6 cent, up 3.1%.

For further information of the statement of results, click HERE for PDF download.


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#FrenchRoute-Irish Ferries set sail for France today on board cruiseferry Oscar Wilde, which launches the 2013 season with a night-time departure on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route.

Irish Ferries are currently offering a fare from €99 car & driver & reserved seat. The price includes all taxes if booked at least 10 days in advance of travel date.

Oscar Wilde made her debut on the continental service in 2007, she has extensive passenger facilities and a wide choice of cabin accommodation, having served in Scandinavian waters with Color Line.

She recently returned to Rosslare, fresh from annual maintenance carried out at the Cammell Laird dry-dock facility in Birkenhead. In May the Rosslare-Roscoff route resumes a peak-season operated service.


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#DublinSwift- Jonathan Swift, Irish Ferries fastferry returned fresh to the Dublin-Holyhead service this week, following annual drydocking maintenance in Birkenhead, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The central corridor route, which is a distance of 60 nautical miles (111 Kms) takes Jonathan Swift only 1 hour 49 minutes while running at up to 40 knots (80kph). So with each crossing, the Dublin Swift, (her marketing name), consumes 15 tonnes of marine diesel oil and in every year she clocks up an impressive total of 162,000 kms.

As previously reported, the Irish Ferrries fleet took in turn annual dry-docking at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead, where the Austal Auto-Express 86m built catamaran craft completed in Fremantle, western Australia, became the last vessel to receive work out of the company's other Irish Sea vessels, flagship Ulysses and cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore.

Now that Isle of Inishmore is back running Rosslare-Pembroke Dock sailings, previously covered by French routes cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde, which is currently undergoing overhaul in Birkenhead.

Oscar Wilde, a former Scandinavian overnight ferry, is scheduled to launch 2013 sailings, firstly Rosslare-Cherbourg on 27 February followed by the peak-season Rosslare-Roscoff route on 10 May.

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#RUGBYFerry – Following the Irish rugby victory against the Welsh, Irish Ferries has space for fans wanting to watch the next RBS Six Nations match, when England encounter the team in green back on home ground in Dublin on 10 February.

The Holyhead-Dublin cruiseferry Ulysses, recently returned fresh from refit, will have plenty of space, with a capacity to handle more than 1,800 passengers and up to 1,300 cars alone. Fares on the route for a car and four people are available at around £108 per person return.

"We have four sailings a day into Dublin," says head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan, "and we're always busy on match weekends. But with flight prices soaring around Six Nations dates, not to mention the baggage issues, a trip by car is a much more cost-effective and stress-free option."

SailRail tickets for foot passengers are also available, with combined ship and rail tickets from British mainline stations to Dublin from £76 per person return.
For further details contact: 08717 300 400 and for SailRail click HERE.

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.


At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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