Travelled to France in September for our 25th wedding anniversary so decided to treat ourselves to five star cabin on way out. Great experience, so we upgraded from two-star for the return journey. Staff incredibly friendly, which was great. Special word of thanks to Sharon in Rosslare Port office, who was extremely helpful. Thanks Sharon!
The food in the waiter-service restaurant was okay on the way out - wine in particular was good value - and superb on the way back - best lamb shank I've eaten. Menu slightly confusing - two (very similar) versions were available in our cabin, but only one actually available in the restaurant. Also, the price shown menu, 36.95, is for 3 courses and doesn't make it clear that you can choose 2 courses (starter/main or main/dessert) for 29.95 - quite a saving for two people and enough to cover a bottle of wine! Total cost was around 75 euro for two including wine and tea/coffee, and was good value for what we got, especially on the return journey on 17th September.
The cabin on the 8th deck was spacious with a really comfortable double bed and a sitting area. Carpets could do with deep-cleaning or replacing, otherwise cabin very clean. On the outward journey I noticed - by hitting against it, unfortunately! - that the glass coffee table had sharp corners and I didn't think this was a great idea on a swaying ship. Our cabin on the return journey had no table and the hostess said it had been removed because somebody hit against it (not me!). I'd suggest removing /replacing any of the coffee tables with sharp corners - I certainly wouldn't be happy having a small child near one.
Other than that, everything was excellent - I'll have to try and stretch to five star in future! Cost difference was about 195 euro per journey but that included breakfast (in cabin on outward journey, restaurant on return) which would normally be 15 euro a head, plus fruit, soft drinks and four small bottles of wine on each leg of the journey.
Total cost was somewhere around 700-750, which was very good taking into account hotel-standard room for two nights. Best sailing I've ever had - probably helped by calm seas and half-empty boat, but the staff played a large part in making it a good experience. Will be sailing with Irish Ferries again.
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