Irish Ferries seeks agent’s help naming new ship

Irish Ferries seeks agent’s help naming new ship

Agents have the chance of winning free travel for life with Irish Ferries by devising a name for the company’s new ship.

The 55,000 tonne vessel is being built in Germany at a cost of €144 million and is due to enter service next summer.

The new ferry will carry more than 1,800 passengers and crew, with 440 cabins including suites with private balconies, as well as deluxe and standard class accommodation.

The ship will also be able to handle more than 500 cars.

The new ferry will feature bars and lounge space, à la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and a club class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.

Irish Ferries is looking for a name that conveys a sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past, with an emotional appeal not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the new ship.

Head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said: “We’re looking for a name that stacks up – in the literary sense – alongside our current fleet that already includes Ulysses, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift.

“All suggestions will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.”

Agents can visit www.bigshipbigname.com to enter the competition, which has a closing date of September 29.

Operational and scheduling details will be announced in due course, the company said

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