Irish Ferries is a ferry operator, offering routes between Ireland and the United Kindom, and Ireland and France. The company has a current fleet of four, with a further ship chartered to another company. The flagship of the company's fleet is the Ulysses; the Irish Sea's largest car ferry.
The company currently operates the following routes:
- Dublin - Holyhead;
- Rosslare - Pembroke;
- Rosslare - Cherbourg; and
- Rosslare - Roscoff.
Irish Ferries currently has a fleet of four ships, each with sligthly different accommodation options. Passengers booking a cabin on any of the company's boats benefit from priority boarding if they are travelling with a car.
Double Bed Suite with Window (Oscar Wilde)
The best cabins in the fleet are air conditioned, with en-suite bathroom and full sized double bed. The suite is suitable for cots, and offers passengers a seating area with sofa that can be converted to a bed (suitable for an adult or two children). The suite has a flat screen TV with satellite channels, and free WiFi. The room also benefits from a trouser press and hairdryer. Passengers travelling in this class receive a complimentary breakfast for two in the on-board restaurant. Guests also receive a free fruit basket, and may choose to use the minibar.
4 Bed Window (Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde)
The four bed window cabins offer passengers four beds in a bunk bed arrangement. The upper beds fold upwards to give space to sit on the lower beds. The cabin is air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom.
4 Bed (Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde)
These four bed inside cabins do not have windows, but are still air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms. Beds are arranged in bunk-bed formation, with the upper beds folding upwards to give space to sit on the lower beds.
2 Bed Window Suite (Ulysses)
The two bed window suite offers passengers an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin with two beds. The cabin also has a lounge area with television, tea and coffee making facilities and fridge.
2 Bed Window Plus (Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde)
The two bed window plus cabins are air conditioned, with two single beds and an en-suite bathroom. The cabin also has two chairs, tea and coffee making facilities and a television.
1 Double Bed Window Plus (Isle of Inishmore)
Passengers may choose the double bed window plus cabin, which has a full size double bed, as well as en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. The cabin also has a padded window seat to enjoy the panoramic sea view, and comfortable armchairs. The living space has a television and tea and coffee making facilities. Passengers in this class also receive a complimentary fruit basket.
2 Bed Window (Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde)
Standard two bedroom window cabins are air-conditioned with two beds (either standard or bunk beds) and an en-suite bathroom.
3 Bed (Oscar Wilde)
This small three bedroom cabin is air conditioned, with en-suite bathroom. Two of the beds are on the lower level, whilst the third is a bunk bed. One of the two lower beds can be converted into a sofa.
2 Bed (Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde)
2 bed inside cabins have no windows, but are still positioned above the water line. The rooms are air conditioned, and offer passengers en-suite bathroom facilities.
1 Bed (Ulysses)
Passengers travelling alone can take advantage of an air conditioned room (without window). The cabin is air conditioned, and has an en-suite bathroom.
Reserved Seat (Oscar Wilde)
If you want a designated seat on your voyage, you can pay for a reserved seat in the fully air-conditioned private lounges. The lounges also offer ladies and gentlemens' showers and toilets. Blankets and pillows are available to borrow for free, and luggage storage lockers are also available.
Luggage & Facilities
Passengers travelling by car may bring as much luggage with them as they can fit inside their vehicle. Foot passengers travelling between Ireland and the United Kingdom may check in bulky items, but will not have access to them for the duration of the voyage. Only small items of personal luggage are allowed on-board. For passengers on Ireland-France routes, passengers must be able to carry all their luggage onto the ship, as no check-in facilities are available.
Passengers with a disability may book specialised accommodation in the form of the 2 Bed Disability room (Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde). This cabin is close to the lift, is fully air conditioned, and has an adapted en-suite bathroom. The beds in the cabin are at a lowe level, and doors have been widened. Passengers travelling with a car receive priority boarding.
WiFi / Internet
WiFi is available free of charge on-board all of Irish Ferries' ships. If you don't have an internet enabled mobile device, there are also a number of internet kiosks onboard.
Food and Drink
Passengers have a choice of places to buy food and drink onboard. All ships offer a choice of restaurant or cafe dining. The restaurants serve a selection of hot food, whilst cafes offer a range of sandwiches and light refreshments. Some ships also offer bars, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as light snacks. The Oscar Wilde boasts a number of high-quality restaurants, including a waiter-service restaurant, The Berneval.
Each ship offers passengers the chance to buy gifts, souvenirs or other goods. The shops accept Euros or Sterling, and a Bureau de Change is available on-board.
Passengers bored of looking out to see can take advantage of the range of entertainment facilities on offer. This includes amusement arcades, childrens' play areas, cinemas, salons and lounges.
Travelling with Pets
If you are travelling between Ireland and the United Kindom, pets may travel with car and foot passengers, although pets are not allowed on the passenger decks. If you are travelling with a car, your pet should remain in your car or in the kennels provided (free of charge, but must be pre-booked). If you are travelling on foot, pets should be transported to and from the ferry in a pet cage or box. They will remain in this for the duration of the voyage on the car deck.
If you are travelling between Ireland and France, Irish Ferries participates in the Pet Travel Scheme. Pets transported under this must abide by both country's relevant legislation. Pets should be checked in at least two hours prior to departure, and a fee of €45/75/100 will be charged per animal per journey. Your pet will travel in a kennel or cat box; they cannot travel in your vehicle. There are a limited number of kennels/boxes available on each voyage, so book in advance. You will be permitted to visit your pet during the voyage, but only at designated times and accompanied by a crew member.
Guide dogs may travel freely on Irish Ferries ships, but they must be compliant with relevant legislation. Guide dogs are permitted to travel with their owners on the passenger decks. Please contact Irish Ferries prior to your journey to make them aware of your animal.