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  • Writer's pictureJustin Merrigan

Irish Ferries' Star-Child takes her bow

OSCAR WILDE ushers in an elevated experience connecting Ireland to the UK

Irish Ferries' new OSCAR WILDE

Irish Ferries' new ship, OSCAR WILDE, has entered service with twice daily sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke, just in time for the peak summer season. She has an impressive capacity of 2,080 passengers, 134 well-appointed cabins, and ample space with over 2,380 lane meters for cars, coaches, and freight vehicles. Not only that, but with a possible top speed of 27.5 knots, OSCAR WILDE is also the fastest cruise ferry on the Irish Sea, enabling Irish Ferries to provide tourism and freight customers an efficient and reliable service.

In keeping with the company's attractive policy of naming its ships to reflect 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 ship's interiors have a classic, modern feel and there are facilities for all with comfortable cabins, a Club Class lounge, plenty of choices for food and beverages including a self-service restaurant, a café, a bar, and a freight drivers lounge. Passengers can enjoy sea views and fresh air on the open decks, and there are also pet facilities, family-friendly features such as a children's play area, and an extensive shopping space, perfect for using the generous post Brexit duty-free allowances.

On the latest addition to Irish Ferries’ fleet, Irish Ferries Managing Director, Andrew Sheen, said, "We are delighted that OSCAR WILDE is officially in service, offering customers an enhanced Irish Sea journey on board a ship featuring the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities. We are confident that the OSCAR WILDE will become a firm favourite with our passengers and freight customers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board."

The maiden arrival of OSCAR WILDE in Dublin Port

For sure OSCAR WILDE looks amazing in her new Irish Ferries livery and with her impressive facilities she is bound to become extremely popular with Irish Sea passengers. Having crossed the Baltic in her from Tallinn, I for one am looking forward to travelling onboard once again.

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