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  • Writer's pictureJustin Merrigan

A Star-Child for Irish Ferries

A New OSCAR WILDE promises the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities

Irish Ferries has announced the addition of a new cruise ferry to its fleet. The ship is none other than the impressive Baltic ferry STAR, built in 2007 in Finland for Tallink's Tallinn-Helsinki service.

With Irish Ferries attractive policy of naming its ships after noted Irish literary figures, what better new name for STAR than OSCAR WILDE, the author of The Star-Child published in 1891 in his second collection of fairy tales for children, A House of Pomegranates.

The acquisition is a significant win for Irish Ferries, with the ship set to become the largest and fastest passenger cruise ferry on the Irish Sea. Initially, OSCAR WILDE will take her bow on the southern corridor Rosslare-Pembroke route in early June, replacing the chartered BLUE STAR 1 for the busy summer period.

I was fortunate to sail from Tallinn on STAR in 2018 and I can testify she is simply superb. The ship boasts an impressive capacity of over 2,080 passengers, 134 cabins, and over 2,380 lane meters for cars, coaches, and freight vehicles.

The ship interiors are most pleasing and boast Freight Drivers facilities, a Club Class lounge, self-service and à la carte restaurants, a bar, gaming facilities, pet facilities and family-friendly features including a children's play area.

One of the most exciting features of OSCAR WILDE is its available speed. With a possible top speed of 27.5 knots, she will be the fastest cruise ferry with the largest passenger capacity on the Irish Sea. This will enable Irish Ferries to offer tourism passengers and freight an efficient service.

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