IRISH FERRIES new 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry is currently under construction in Germany.
Due to be delivered next July and launched next summer, the €144million vessel will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew.
It will have enough room for over 500 cars, or in freight mode, up to 165 articulated trucks and 300 cars on a dedicated car deck.
It will enter year-round service on the Dublin–Holyhead and Ireland–France routes.
Spread over four decks, it will have 440 cabins, amongst them luxury suites with views out to sea from private balconies.
There will also be a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation. Irish Ferries have described the new ship as being ‘truly cruise class’.
On-board facilities will include a choice of bars and lounge space, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.
Pets too will be given their own dedicated facilities.
Earlier this month a keel laying ceremony took place in Flensberg, Germany.
As tradition dictates Irish Ferries Managing Director Andrew Sheen presented the shipyard with a ceremonial coin, specially commissioned by Irish Ferries to mark the occasion.
It was placed within the keel section to remain there throughout its construction in order to bring good luck and calm seas for the vessel.