Monday, April 19, 2010

Irish Ferries Says 'Don't Panic - There's Room For Everyone'

Ferry Operator Takes Crisis In Its Stride
Shipping News Feature

UK / IRELAND – Irish Ferries has called for calm from commuters who are trying to get between the UK and Ireland. The ferry operator states that it is receiving an unprecedented number of website hits and calls to its reservations centre, but stresses that the three ships it operates– which between them cross the Irish Sea 12 times a day – have the capacity to cope.

“Our cruise ferry, the Ulysses, is the largest car ferry in the world,” said head of passenger sales Declan Mescall.

“That alone can hold 1,850 people and 1,300 vehicles. It sails from Holyhead to Dublin twice a day – and of course twice back again. In total, we can carry 15,240 people across the Irish Sea every day, with the capacity to carry 9,340 cars too – so there is space for everyone who needs it.

“All we ask is that people try to book online or call 08717 300 400 to reserve space in advance. I know it is not easy to get through, but advance booking not only gives travellers peace of mind but makes the boarding procedure at the ports much quicker.”

Among the travellers re-discovering the pleasures of ferry travel this weekend was singer Whitney Houston and her entourage. Instead of flying from Birmingham to Dublin for the next leg of her European tour, she drove to north Wales, boarded the Ulysses at Holyhead and enjoyed the facilities of the Club Class lounge during the three hour, 15 minute crossing.