Stena welcomes Superfast X to Holyhead – Dublin route
Excitement was intense as Stena Line’s latest addition to its Irish Sea fleet arrived in Holyhead following its journey from Gdynia, where shipyard staff worked around the clock to prepare Stena Superfast X for its official launch.
The vessel’s award-winning sister ships – Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII – have successfully operated on the Cairnryan – Belfast route since their launch in 2011.
Stena Superfast X will make two return sailings daily between Holyhead and Dublin and operate alongside Stena Adventurer, providing customers with a choice of up 28 return sailings per week, all year round.
With 10 decks, the new vessel has the capacity to carry up to 1,200 passengers and offers almost two kilometres of lane space for freight traffic and other vehicles – while another significant development for the freight market is the ship’s ability to accommodate 4.65 metre high trailers.
Freight drivers will be able to relax in the ship’s exclusive truckers’ lounge or rest in one of the vessel’s cabins. Other onboard facilities include a Barista Coffee House, Met Bar and Grill, retail shopping in the ‘Outlet’, two free cinemas, a family lounge featuring a children’s play area and X-Box stations and lots of other areas for passengers to enjoy their crossing, including Stena Line’s premium lounge Stena Plus.
“Superfast X has been designed specifically to accommodate the mix of freight and tourism traffic that is required for this route and we are confident that our freight drivers will like what they see when the ship arrives on the Irish Sea,” explained Richard Horswill, Stena Line’s Head of Freight (UK and Ireland).
Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Route Manager, Irish Sea South, added: “Providing additional capacity and facilities to expand our Holyhead – Dublin route with the introduction of Stena Superfast X is an important strategic development for Stena Line on the Irish Sea at this time.
Posted on: February 27th 2015