Irish Ferries Celebrates First Year in Service on Dover – Calais Route

Irish Ferries Celebrates First Year in Service on Dover – Calais Route
29th June 2022 Samantha Anderson

Irish Ferries Celebrates First Year in Service on Dover – Calais Route

Today, the award-winning operator celebrates one year servicing Europe’s busiest sailing route.

Today marks one year since Irish Ferries first started operations between Dover and Calais, Europe’s busiest ferry route.

Initially starting in June 2021 with one cruise ferry, Isle of Inishmore, and then adding a second in late 2021, Isle of Innisfree, and more recently a third, Isle of Inisheer, Irish Ferries offers more choice, a proven high standard of service and Irish-style hospitality to passengers travelling to and from the Continent. Irish Ferries now operates 30 sailings a day on this popular route.

Whether travelling for business, holidays or to visit loved ones, Irish Ferries’ award-winning service brings a unique travel experience that is built on Irish Ferries’ ethos of encouraging passengers to ‘Sea Travel Differently’.

Irish Ferries is proud to deliver a consistently high standard of facilities and service across its Dover to Calais fleet, as it does on its Ireland to Britain and Ireland to France routes. Each ship offers a range of dining options with Boylan’s Brasserie and Café Lafayette, along with extensive shopping options including price-busting duty-free offers and a Click and Collect onboard service. Club Class lounges on the Isle of Inishmore and Isle of Innisfree offer magnificent sea views and spacious accommodation with complimentary refreshments for those who value their own space. Free Wi-Fi is also available onboard, ensuring that passengers make the most of their short trip, before starting off again on the rest of their journey.

Nora Costello, Marketing Director at Irish Ferries, said: “With very positive feedback from passengers, we are proud to have become a serious operator in the English Channel ferry market as we reach our one-year anniversary on the route. The recent addition of a third ship on this route has allowed us to offer a departure from either Dover or Calais every 90 minutes or so. This will offer customers even greater choice along with the capacity, frequency and reliability for this essential connection between Britain and France. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board to experience our award-winning hospitality and service this summer and beyond.”

Ferry travel makes for a more relaxed holiday option, with the freedom to pack the car with unlimited luggage, bring pets along, and travel exactly where you want in the comfort of your own car. And the Flexi Fare from Irish Ferries also offers additional peace of mind if customers need to change bookings at the last minute.

Customers can book online to sail with Irish Ferries at Sailings start from £64 one way for a car and up to nine passengers.


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About Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries is the market leading ferry operator in Ireland, serving routes between Britain (Holyhead to Dublin, and Pembroke to Rosslare) and Ireland, and Britain and France (Dover to Calais), and is an operating division of publicly quoted Irish Continental Group (ICG).

On the Irish Sea route, Irish Ferries operates up to 16 sailings a day, with a fleet of modern cruise and fast ferries, including the famous Ulysses and the Dublin Swift, the only fast craft on the Irish Sea.

On the Ireland to France service, an overnight crossing, Irish Ferries operates a new build W.B. Yeats, departing up to 3 times weekly throughout the year.

Irish Ferries launched its Dover to Calais service in June 2021 and now operates a fleet of three ships including Isle of Inishmore, Isle of Innisfree and Isle of Inisheer, on up to 30 sailings per day.

Irish Ferries is a division of leading Irish maritime transport group Irish Continental Group plc and carried over 1.54m passengers and 401,000 cars between Ireland, Britain and France in 2019. | Image gallery