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Dover-Calais Newcomer Irish Ferries Put Tickets On Sale for Service Starting Next Week

22nd June 2021
The White Cliffs of Dover: Tickets now on sale as Irish Ferries will operate a Dover-Calais ferry service next week (Tuesday, 29 June). AFLOAT adds Isle of Inishmore relocated from Rosslare-Pembroke duties in April went for dry-docking in Brest, France followed by modifications works in Odense, Denmark. Among shipyard works, see the bow's 'cow-catcher' to enable combatibility at ro-ro berths at the UK's busiest ferryport (above) and the French port where the ferry also arrived on Saturday to carry out berthing trials. Note also at the bow, ICG /Irish Ferries houseflag (and on Irish Sea fleetmates) also operate UK 'land-bridge' routes connecting mainland Europe, will provide customers an inclusive through service. The White Cliffs of Dover: Tickets now on sale as Irish Ferries will operate a Dover-Calais ferry service next week (Tuesday, 29 June). AFLOAT adds Isle of Inishmore relocated from Rosslare-Pembroke duties in April went for dry-docking in Brest, France followed by modifications works in Odense, Denmark. Among shipyard works, see the bow's 'cow-catcher' to enable combatibility at ro-ro berths at the UK's busiest ferryport (above) and the French port where the ferry also arrived on Saturday to carry out berthing trials. Note also at the bow, ICG /Irish Ferries houseflag (and on Irish Sea fleetmates) also operate UK 'land-bridge' routes connecting mainland Europe, will provide customers an inclusive through service. Credit: Port of Dover-twitter

Irish Ferries' move into the competitive Dover-Calais route is where the operator now has tickets on sale, reports KentOnline, in addition pictures released to give a first glimpse as to what to expect.

The new service launches next Tuesday, June 29.

As Afloat reported, the Dublin-based firm announced in March it was to go head-to-head with the likes of existing ferry firms DFDS and P&O on the short cross-Channel route.

The firm will be operating the refurbished Isle of Inishmore ferry on the route - a vessel which had previously been used between Wales and Ireland.

Prices will start at £69 for a car and up to nine passengers - which is similar in price to the other ferries operating the route.

For further reading and pictorial of interior passenger facilities click here. 

Only last month, Afloat also highlighted that rival operators, P&O and DFDS joined forces in developing reduced freight waiting times in advance of Irish Ferries debut.  

In addition the announcement by ICG, parent company of Irish Ferries, to launch the service, has led to unions on either side of the Strait of Dover to claim that the new competitor is aggressively low-cost and this will seriously damage existing services.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, is a a major ferry operator in Ireland, providing daily and weekly links to and from Ireland for tourism and freight travelling between Ireland and the UK and Ireland and the continent. Irish Ferries has a fleet of six ships, three of which service the busy Dublin to Holyhead route.

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