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Competition Launched to Name Biggest New Irish Sea Cruiseferry

3rd September 2017
As previously published on Afloat.ie this week is a 3D image of Irish Ferries new €144m cruiseferry due for delivery in mid-2018. The 1,885 passenger and crew capacity cruiseferry is to operate Dublin-Holyhead and at weekends Ireland-France sailings. As previously published on Afloat.ie this week is a 3D image of Irish Ferries new €144m cruiseferry due for delivery in mid-2018. The 1,885 passenger and crew capacity cruiseferry is to operate Dublin-Holyhead and at weekends Ireland-France sailings. Photo: ICG

#Competition - A competition has been launched by Irish Ferries to name their new €144m cruiseferry, which will be the biggest ever ferry to operate on the Irish Sea.

The 55,000 tonne ship is due to enter service in mid-2018. The winner of the naming competition will get free travel for life on Irish Ferries’ services, while 20 more will get runner-up prizes.

Capable of handling 1,885 passengers and crew and 500 vehicles, the new giant cruiseferry currently under construction in Germany for owners ICG (see related report) is expected to begin services next summer on the Dublin to Holyhead route.

In addition the new cruiseferry with 440 cabins featuring suites with their own private balconies will also at weekends sail between Ireland and France.

The ferry operator said a literary name is suggested for competition entries as the current fleet has traditionally had names inspired by Irish literature, including Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Ulysses. This cruiseferry introduced in 2001, is so far the biggest on the Irish Sea until the new maritime giant makes her debut next year during the holiday season.

Passenger facilities will include bars and lounge space, restaurants, cinemas, and a shopping mall. Freight drivers will have dedicated facilities and likewise for pet owners. 

On the vehicle decks there will be space for almost three kilometres in lanes of car deck space. 

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33 comments

  • Comment Link Geraldine Roche 17th September 2017 posted by Geraldine Roche

    I think the shop should be named "The Lady Eileen Gray" after Ireland's first Architect/Designer

  • Comment Link Aidan MEYLER 15th September 2017 posted by Aidan MEYLER

    go hálainn
    Perfect name ?

  • Comment Link Phil lyons 15th September 2017 posted by Phil lyons

    I think it should be called MARIAH as in "they call the wind Mariah"

  • Comment Link JuditL.J. 15th September 2017 posted by JuditL.J.

    Irish Magic (shamrock behind ☘?)

  • Comment Link Roseanne Byrne 14th September 2017 posted by Roseanne Byrne

    "PRINCE OF TIDES"

  • Comment Link Marie T. Carroll 14th September 2017 posted by Marie T. Carroll

    I think it should be called 'The Sebastian Dangerfield' to commemorate the Great J P Donleavy who passed away yesterday.

  • Comment Link Zivko Jaksic 14th September 2017 posted by Zivko Jaksic

    Name the ship "Spirit if Erin"

  • Comment Link katherine kelly 14th September 2017 posted by katherine kelly

    In honour of the legendary Queen of Connaught, I am suggesting " "An Grainne Mhaol"

  • Comment Link Christine Thompson 12th September 2017 posted by Christine Thompson

    Iona on oileán bheaga (ship of the small island)

  • Comment Link Gina OConnor 11th September 2017 posted by Gina OConnor

    Call in 'The Edna' after Edna O'Brien

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