Irish Ferries officially launched the all-new W.B Yeats ferry last week which is 195m in length and capable of transporting 300 cars and 165 trucks.
Guests attended the official launch of the W.B Yeats to experience first-hand the cruise-ferry with multiple industry award nominations.
Next week on Thursday March 14th the ferry will make the first of up to four departures per week from Dublin to France. Departing directly from Dublin Port, the sailing will take approximately 18 hours, with guests invited to enjoy the luxury of space and sea views, free WiFi, a choice of movies in the cinemas, the chance to shop the bestselling brands, or to simply unwinding in the many bars and restaurants on-board.
Setting sail at 16.00 on the days of departure, passengers will arrive in Cherbourg at 11.00 local time, relaxed and ready for adventure after a comfortable night’s sleep and a leisurely breakfast.
W.B. Yeats is the first new build ferry to be nominated for two industry leading Shippax awards, as well as a Ferry Shipping Summit Award. The W.B. Yeats has been fitted with next generation engineering systems and is the first new build passenger ferryinstalled with the latest in emissions scrubber technology to reduce harmful air emissions, as well as a Ballast Water Treatment System designed to protect the marine environment. On board, energy efficient LED lighting systems have been installed throughout and recyclable materials are replacing plastics like straws and lids on-board.
Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of Irish Ferries, Andrew Sheen said, "We are delighted to welcome guests on board the W.B. Yeats this afternoon. While this spectacular ship is already in service on the Irish Sea, we are very excited to get her started on the Dublin to Cherbourg crossing which will strengthen our tourism and trading links with France, one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations."