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Review of Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries
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Owner description: Irish Ferries, Ireland's Leading Ferry Company. Offering up to 16 daily fast ferry and cruise ferry sailings to Britain & Ireland and France. Also package holidays to Ireland and Britain.
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We took the Jonathan Swift as foot passengers from Holyhead to Dublin. Nothing fancy but we had no problems, everything was on time and the staff were fine. It's a nice, relaxed alternative to flying if you are prepared to drive to Holyhead.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Since the inception of the Oscar Wilde service from Rosslare to France, my wife and I have traveled on this ship approx 10 journeys, the most recent just last week. Some of these trips have been to go on holiday for two or more weeks and other, like our last, are just quick trips to buy wine at a reasonable price (we bring back 200 bottles or so for the year).
Some things we've learned over the years:
CABINS - we never book window cabins, as they cost more and there is very little to see, especially at night, lol.If you don't mind a lack of creature comforts, the two-star will suit you just fine. The wife and I do, however, prefer the three star cabins, as we spend a lot of time in the cabon and like the tv and the extra room, carpet on the floor. Another consideration is that at times there are many students, young teenagers, travelling by the busloads to Ireland, so you can have literally 100's of youngsters roaming the boat with nothing to do. They are all housed in
the two start section and it can get noisy. Four star cabins are even more spacious, but the fruit and small bottles of wine don't make up for the increased price.
FOOD - We try and bring our own! We make a picnic out of it and enjoy ourselves. If you splurge on the picnic, including wine, you will still spend far less than at the restaurants.We love to shop the French hyper-market for dinner. When we do eat on the boat, we prefer the french restaurant, Bernaville?, which serves a great dinner and a good breakfast, The other choice is the cafeteria and says everything you need to know about that. TIP - The piano bar serves real espresso style coffee, our favorite for waking up.
PETS - Irish Ferries have always taken very kind care of our dog. Don't forget you need to get a pet passport and that can take 6 months.
SPEEDY EXIT - it costs 10euro and worth every penny of it. Nothing is worse than sitting in your car on a hot day winding thru a queue for an hour.
Good Luck and Happy Sailing

4  Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our group (a youth band) comprising 21 children and 20 adults (parents and chaperones) traveled Rosslare / Cherbourg return on the "Oscar Wilde" 31st March / 4th April 2013.
The accommodation on board was arranged by our tour company and was clean and comfortable. However, the "3 star 4 bed with window" cabins we had on the return trip were far superior and more spacious than the "2 star 4 bed no window" cabins which we had on the outward journey. In both instances we enjoyed a good night's sleep.
There was a good choice of food in the restaurants on board and we didn't find it overly expensive. We had a wonderful chicken fajita dinner with wine. But...the fried eggs at breakfast were like rubber (didn't stop us eating them)!
Some of our group went to the cinema while others had a relaxing drink in the bar.
The captain announced that the ship was using stabilizers due to rough seas.....they worked!!! Both trips were probably the smoothest ferry crossings I have experienced.
On the negative side we were delayed by an hour on our outward journey but we gained an hour on the return journey so I guess they cancelled each other out.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and seemed to enjoy their work. It was nice to see this pleasantness as I have experienced dour expressions and discourteous attitudes in employees of other ferry companies.
Overall our experience provided a great start and finish to our France visit. I would recommend it to anybody considering driving to France.

1  Thank Norwood53
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We travelled out to visit relatives from Pembroke to Rosslaire. We booked a cabin and were very pleasantly surprised that despite the obvious age of the terminal and the ferry itself, it was spotlessly clean. The cabin had a bathroom, nice clean towels and bedding, a kettle, tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits as well as a Telly, although our phones seemed to interfere with it a bit! We got a good couple of hours sleep.

Coming back we did Dublin to Hollyhead on the fast ferry and again it was very clean and well organized. We booked seats in the club lounge, and you get unlimited refreshments, cheese and biscuits, snacks and cakes.

Have already booked to go again on the ferry.

Thank cherylbeattiebray
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We traveled on the Oscar Wilde in June 2012. We found that the ferry was a great experience as opposed to flying with three kids. On our outward journey the sea was very calm and we got a great nights sleep onboard. There is a range of things to do on the journey. we went to the cinema and it was great the kids 2 + 4 enjoyed their movie. There were a number of other kids running around the cinema but its a kids film and really I didn't expect anything less. It wasn't the cheapest though but not really any different than the high street cinemas on land.

The Morning was good we arose early and headed down for breakfast. We were happy to be getting out of our cabin (2 star 4 bed) which was fine but not big by any stretch. When we got to breakfast area there was a big enough crowd but that moved along quite quickly. when we got to the service area we were shocked by the prices of everything. Wow these guys know how to charge you it cost us roughly €25 for five juices and 5 cereals.

Over all the ferry could do with a better play area for kids ( this is not a revenue generator so I would say that is why it is so small) and cheaper prices for their food offerings.

My tip for traveling would be to bring enough food for the family for that night and the next morning. On the way home we brought a variety pack of cereal, long life milk and a liter of juice, this cost us €6. We also brought some lunchboxes to be used as bowls.

5  Thank Derek K
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