New and improved fast ferry service to Ireland is largest on the Irish Sea
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New and improved fast ferry service to Ireland is largest on the Irish Sea

A NEW high speed craft has been introduced by Irish Ferries which “significantly improves” their fast ferry travel option between England and Ireland.

This month saw the Dublin Swift brought in on the firm’s Dublin to Holyhead route – an upgraded and larger version of their former Jonathan Swift service.

The fast craft replaces the Johnathan Swift; which had been in service with Irish Ferries since 1999.

The new addition to the firm’s fleet - which is now the largest fast ferry crossing the Irish Sea - will operate at a cruising speed of 35 knots to the same frequency of twice daily return sailings as the vessel it is replacing.

“The Dublin Swift also has greater car (220) and passenger (820) carrying capacity and offers a completely redesigned interior and a significantly upgraded level of passenger accommodation”, Irish Ferries confirms.

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With its introduction, has company has also taken the opportunity to upgrade the range and style of its food and entertainment offerings.

Completely redesigned menus use the best Irish sourced ingredients from approved and traditional suppliers, while onboard facilities include a dedicated TV Snug, cafeteria, self-service restaurant and games area.

Free WiFi is offered throughout the ship.

Created by Austal Ships to the same twin-hulled, catamaran design as its predecessor, the Dublin Swift was also built in the same shipyard in Freemantle, Western Australia.