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Stena Line posts 6.5% increase in car volumes

Press Releases   •   Aug 25, 2016 16:15 BST

Stena Line has posted an impressive 6.5% year on year increase in the number of cars it carried across the Irish Sea in the month of July.

The July performance has rounded off a strong first six months for the leading ferry operator which also recorded a 3% increase in car volumes from January to June. Each year Stena Line carries approximately 2.2m passengers, 614 000 cars and 732 000freight units across its Irish Sea routes.

Orla Noonan, Stena Line’s Head of Travel (Irish Sea) commented: “Traditionally July is a very busy month for us across the Irish Sea as we enter our peak season but to post a 6.5% year on year increase in our car volumes pays tribute to the quality of the service we operate.

Orla added; “It’s encouraging to note that our July performance outstrips the UK and Ireland ferry industry as whole which experienced a 1.5% increase in car volumes according to industry stats. As well as strong volume performances we have also managed to deliver some best in class punctuality and reliability stats which is why we believe more customers are choosing to travel with Stena Line.”

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

NOTE TO EDITOR: For further information, please contact Lawrence Duffy of Duffy Rafferty Communications on Belfast +44 (0) 28 9073 0880.   

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​Stena Line has posted an impressive 6.5% year on year increase in the number of cars it carried across the Irish Sea in the month of July.

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Hazzard and Ó Muilleoir tour Stena Line port operations

Press Releases   •   Aug 23, 2016 12:30 BST

​Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir toured Stena Line’s port operations in Belfast (Aug 22nd). The Ministers had the opportunity to see the impact of significant investment by Stena Line in their operations in the North including their recent £5 million ship refit investment programme.

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Happiness is … planning a break away

Press Releases   •   Aug 15, 2016 11:55 BST

There is no better way to improve your mood than by going on holiday and a recent survey* has shown that even just planning your break away can make you happier!

The research also suggests that instead of organising one big trip a year, happiness levels can be boosted even further with a series of short trips spaced a few months apart. So to help keep the nation smiling, Stena Line has launched a new offer that gives up to 20%** off motorist fares, when booked by August 30. You can travel to Holyhead, Fishguard or Cherbourg between September 5 and December 18, which gives you plenty of time to schedule in a break, or two!

According to Stena Line, more and more people are booking travel September – December with over 282,000 people expected on its Dublin – Holyhead, Rosslare – Fishguard and Rosslare – Cherbourg routes, during this period.

Stena Line’s Route Marketing Manager, Alexandra Bradley, explains why everyone should increase their happiness levels by planning a holiday in advance:

“There’s nothing better than sitting down with friends or family to plan and book a break away knowing that in a few short weeks or months you will be able to put your feet up and relax. It is proven that holidays are good for our physical and mental health and as we are giving up to 20% off the cost of travel people will experience the joy of bagging a bargain as well! On top of all this, it is National Relaxation Day on August 15 so there is no better excuse for booking a break.

“Just make sure you book by August 30 and prepare to get a smile-inducing 20% off your car fare! As the offer applies to travel up to December 18, you can take a Halloween break or a winter shopping trip, or just visit family and friends and give yourself something to smile about during the autumn and winter months,” added Alexandra.

Get online and get booking now at www.stenaline.ie/sale and quote offer code: HAPPY!

**Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

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For further information, please contact Bronagh Cobain of Duffy Rafferty Communications on Belfast 048 9073 0880.

NOTES TO EDITORS

*A Dutch study from Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands looked at the link between holidays and happiness by surveying 1530 adults, 974 of whom had been on a trip during the research period.

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​There is no better way to improve your mood than by going on holiday and a recent survey* has shown that even just planning your break away can make you happier!

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Stena Line nominated for 2016 British Travel Awards

Press Releases   •   Aug 10, 2016 14:23 BST

Stena Line has been nominated for two awards, Best Ferry/Mini Cruise and Best Ferry Company for Customer Service in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards (BTAs).The winners will be determined by the consumer, who has until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner, being held in London on 23 November 2016.

Stena Line is the biggest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, with the largest fleet and the widest choice of routes from Britain to Ireland, including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Holyhead to Dublin and Fishguard to Rosslare routes. During 2015, the company experienced a significant increase in passenger numbers, carrying more than 2.5 million on its Irish Sea routes. Orla Noonan, Stena Line’s Head of Travel commented: “We’re delighted to be nominated for not one but two awards. Over the last number of years we have been developing our Irish Sea routes significantly and its rewarding for both our customers and staff to see that commitment being recognised by such an influential trade organisation as the BTA. Fingers crossed for an historic ‘double’ for Stena Line in November.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “This year there are nearly seven hundred nominations listed against 83 Award categories and competition to win a British Travel Awards will be fierce. In 2015 more than a million votes were cast by the consumer to decide the winners, making the BTAs easily the largest awards programme in the UK. Voting in the 2016 Awards is now open and nominated companies have until 30th September to lobby their happy customers for votes – good luck to Stena Line.”

The British Travel Awards are considered the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the travel industry. The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners, Deloitte.

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ABOUT THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. The British Travel Awards are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike with categories spanning all types of holiday experience - transport, destination, cruise, customer service, holiday extras, and accommodation. The British Travel Awards symbol is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business.

The British Travel Awards are funded by the registration fees and patronage of sponsors who have identified the ROI from increased brand visibility and sales opportunities as the consumer and trade audience grows exponentially year-on-year. The 2016 BTA Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in London Wednesday 23 November 2016

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​Stena Line has been nominated for two awards, Best Ferry/Mini Cruise and Best Ferry Company for Customer Service in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards (BTAs). The winners will be determined by the consumer, who has until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner, being held in London on 23 November 2016.

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Travel to ireland with a friend from only €119!

Press Releases   •   Aug 05, 2016 12:48 BST

Offer extended to August 9th

IF you were holding off booking your break away until an amazing travel deal popped up then get a load of this offer from Stena Line! The ferry company has extended their incredible ‘Summer Sale’ so you now have until August 9th to book, which means time away with your loved ones comes at a great value price.

Sail across the Irish Sea and treat yourself to a fun-filled trip to Britain from only €119 single for a car and two people on any night sailing from Tuesday to Thursday up to December 16. This great deal is available on the Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard routes and what’s more, children aged 15 and under travel for FREE too, which means double the discount!

Get online and get booking now to ensure you get the sailing you want as this is proving to be a popular offer. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to Britain to enjoy a short break with friends, a jam-packed family holiday or a trip to look forward to later in the year, then book now to bag yourself a real bargain.

To book your holiday now, visit www.stenaline.ie/go

Termsand Conditions:

This lead in offer from €119 car + 2 single is valid for new motorist bookings. Additional adults +€35. Valid on midweek Tuesday – Thursday night sailings on our Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard routes and is subject to availability. Travel up to 16 December. For full terms and conditions visit www.stenaline.ie/go

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information please contact Bronagh Cobain of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 048 9073 0880 / Bronagh@duffyrafferty.com

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​Offer extended to August 9th IF you were holding off booking your break away until an amazing travel deal popped up then get a load of this offer from Stena Line! The ferry company has extended their incredible ‘Summer Sale’ so you now have until August 9th to book, which means time away with your loved ones comes at a great value price.

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Pooch Power Helps Drive Holidog Trend

Press Releases   •   Aug 05, 2016 12:23 BST

​‘Dogs need a holiday too’ says Stena Line! According to a recent Post Office survey, 1.4 million Britons will holiday in the UK this year instead of going abroad because the most important member of the family says so…the dog!

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Pooch Power Helps Drive Holidog Trend

Press Releases   •   Aug 05, 2016 12:17 BST

Dogs need a holiday too’ says Stena Line!

According to a recent Post Office survey, 1.4 million Britons will holiday in the UK this year instead of going abroad because the most important member of the family says so…the dog!

The prospect of putting pooch into kennels for even a short period of time is such a stressful thought that more and more dog owners are deciding to enjoy holidog delights closer to home, electing to spend quality down time and sample the delights of travelling to new walks and trails across the UK and Ireland instead of going abroad without their four legged friend.

To help dog lovers get the most from their precious holiday time, leading ferry company Stena Line, who offers free pet travel, has identified a list of enriching dog walks in the UK and Ireland to help create lots of new adventures for dog owners and their beloved pooch…side by side!

Orla Noonan, Stena Line’s Head of Travel commented: “We carry thousands of pets and their owners across the Irish Sea every year and we know from first-hand experience just how strong the bond is between a loving dog and a doting owner. Leaving their pets for any period of time is a major emotional wrench, not to mention the significant expense of kennelling, so it’s not surprising that more and more dog owners are opting to take their pets on holiday with them, especially when it doesn’t cost them a penny extra. On some of our vessels you can even keep an eye on your four legged friend during the sailing with our handy pet cam.”

“As it’s a holiday for both owner and dog we have put together some options to provide a guide to some of the more interesting dog walks in Ireland coupled with a range of accommodation options in the area so that owner and pet don’t have to spend a moment apart on their holidogs!! “

“We have selected some of the more scenic walks in close proximity to each of our ports so you can get active as soon as possible. If you have a picture of your pet enjoying their holidog we’d love to see it and will post a selection of the best on our Facebook site to share with other dog lovers on www.facebook.com/stenalineukie” Orla concluded.

For those seeking an adventurous walk on arrival to Stena Line’s Belfast ferry terminal look no further than these 5 walks which are noted for their scenery:

  • Cairn Wood
  • Cavehill Country Park
  • Lagan Towpath
  • Divis and Black Mountain
  • Dundrum Castle Woods Trail

And after an enjoyable walk(s) you can relax in the surroundings of your choice of pet friendly accommodation includingTravelodge Belfast Central and Malmaison Belfast*.

Travelling with Stena Line means that you can sit back, relax, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, free movies and great eateries to make your holidog as enjoyable as possible knowing that you and your four-legged friend will be reunited shortly for the start of a whole new adventure.

With lead in prices from just £79** for a car plus driver (single) with pets travelling free and a great range of pet-friendly accommodation, Stena Line is confident that it can help keep dog owners ahead of the pack and make sure that when it comes to holidays, the WHOLE family can enjoy it together. Plus this fantastic offer includes free access to the Stena Plus Lounge.

For more information on Stena Line go to www.stenaline.co.uk.

Terms and conditions: *It is advised to make the accommodation providers aware that you are planning to bring at dog at the time of booking. ** Free Stena Plus upgrade is available for guests ages 8 years and over, if booked at least 24 hours in advance and subject to availability. From price quoted is an online single Economy fare for car + driver for travel from Belfast 03:30, 19:30, 23:00/23:30 hrs and from to Cairnryan 04:00/05:00, 07:30, 23:00/23:30 hrs. Must be booked by 11 August 2016. Conditions apply.

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For further information, please contact Michael McCrory of Duffy Rafferty Communications on Belfast +44 (0) 28 9073 0880.

NOTE TO EDITOR

If you want to stretch you and your pooch’s legs before sailing, try these dog friendly walks:

Ex Cairnryan – Failford Gorge, Castle Semple Loch, Eglinton Country Park, Greenock Cut.

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain with an extensive route network including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Belfast to Heysham, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​‘Dogs need a holiday too’ says Stena Line! According to a recent Post Office survey, 1.4 million Britons will holiday in the UK this year instead of going abroad because the most important member of the family says so…the dog!

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Pooch Power Helps Drive Holidog Trend

Press Releases   •   Aug 04, 2016 16:35 BST

​‘Dogs need a holiday too’ says Stena Line! According to a recent Post Office survey, 1.4 million Britons will holiday in the UK this year instead of going abroad because the most important member of the family says so…the dog!

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Make a car journey, a dream journey

Press Releases   •   Jul 27, 2016 12:41 BST

​Top tips from the BFG – Big Ferry Giant – as Kids Go Free by sea Families up and down the country are excitedly anticipating their summer break but it’s not just the destination that makes a holiday with the family so special, getting there can be real fun too. If your time away involves a journey by car then here are some ideas that will turn a trip on four wheels into a dream journey.

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Make a car journey, a dream journey

Press Releases   •   Jul 27, 2016 12:24 BST

​Top tips from the BFG – Big Ferry Giant – as Kids Go Free by sea Families up and down the country are excitedly anticipating their summer break but it’s not just the destination that makes a holiday with the family so special, getting there can be real fun too. If your time away involves a journey by car then here are some ideas that will turn a trip on four wheels into a dream journey.

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  • Press Contact
  • Head of PR & Communications for the Irish Sea
  • diane.poole@stenaline.com
  • 028 9088 4096

  • Press Contact
  • North Sea PR Communications (Harwich - Hook of Holland)
  • yqstenalinrje@fourwibgb.coawbotnm
  • +44 (0) 203 697 4200

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  • Stena Line Irish Sea Public Relations
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About Stena Line

Stena Line, an ABTA member, is an international transport and travel service company and one of the world's leading ferry operators.
Stena Line operates in three business areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea with a network of 22 strategically located ferry routes in Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 38 vessels including fast ferries (Stena HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Stena Line is a stable and profitable group and is committed to providing passengers with the best service and experience possible.

During 2012, approximately 14.4 million passengers travelled with Stena Line. 3 million cars and 1.9 million freight units were transported during the same period.

Awards
NI Travel & Tourism Awards - Best Ferry Company 2012