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New Stena Estrid Starts Service despite Storm

18th January 2020 - 1:00pm

Not even Storm Brendan could prevent Stena Line’s newest ferry Stena Estrid making its maiden voyage on Monday, January 13 on the Holyhead - Dublin route. Estrid sailed from Holyhead at 10.55am, arriving in Dublin shortly after 2.30pm where it received a traditional maritime water cannon salute.


Stena Estrid will make two daily return trips on the route, with scheduled departures - Ex-Holyhead (08:55hrs and 20:30hrs) Ex-Dublin (14:50hrs and 02:15hrs).


A crossing time of 3h 15 min will allow passengers just enough time to enjoy facilities including the Sky Bar, two Happy World children’s play areas, a relaxing Hygge reclining lounge, Stena Plus lounge, two movie lounges, bigger Truckers lounge, Taste restaurant, and a bigger better shopping experience.


It is one of the most modern ferries in the world and the first of 3 new next generation ferries serving the Irish Sea as part of a multi-million-pound investment in the region. Sister ship Stena Edda (Liverpool - Belfast this spring), with a third vessel Stena Embla to be introduced on the same route in early 2021.


At 215m in length, Stena Estrid is larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, with space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers, and a freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters, a 50% increase in freight tonnage.


Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including Dublin to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard, Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, and Belfast to Heysham routes, a total of 232 weekly sailing options. Stena Line also offers a direct service between Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.


Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea South), said: “Today is a very significant day, not just for Stena Line but for the future of ferry travel on the Irish Sea. The introduction of Stena Estrid on the Holyhead to Dublin route reflects our commitment to this extremely important region – a commitment that will ultimately see three of the world’s most modern ferries operating between Ireland and Britain.


“I’m proud that Stena Line continues to shape the industry for the next generation of freight and travel customers. Stena Estrid will enable us to do this with more efficient loading and unloading operations, increased freight capacity and the best Scandinavian quality, style and design in our facilities -in an onboard environment that is spacious and light, with amazing panoramic views,” he added.

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Not even Storm Brendan could stop Stena Estrid
Not even Storm Brendan could stop Stena Estrid

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