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Irish Continental Group invests €144 million to build a new cruise ferry

8th June 2016 - 10:30am

Irish Continental Group has entered into an agreement, to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €144 million.   The cruise ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins and a capacity for 2,800 lane meters of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.   This cruise ferry will be designed and built to the highest standards of cruise shipping and equipped with efficiency and comfort in mind.   Passenger facilities will be spread over 4 decks and will offer a choice of 435 cabins to include suites with their own private external balconies, along with deluxe and standard class accommodation.

In addition to a superb choice of bars, restaurants (to include both á la carte and self-service options), special provision has been made for premium Club Class passengers with a dedicated  lounge featuring  private access direct from the vehicle decks.   A choice of state of the art entertainment options and cinemas, dedicated facilities for freight drivers, as well as retail outlets and onboard facilities for pets, will ensure that all our passengers will be comfortable and engaged throughout their journey.

It is likely that this new cruise ferry will be introduced on routes served by the chartered ship MV Epsilon, (currently year round services Dublin - Holyhead midweek and Ireland - France on weekends).   The cruise ferry will provide additional freight and tourism capacity on both routes and will deliver a much enhanced onboard experience for all customers.   In addition to increased capacity, the cruise ferry will deliver significant cost savings to the group and improved route and fleet management efficiencies.

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