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Stena Line Invests £6M in Fleet Upgrade Work

Press Releases   •   Mar 26, 2015 10:54 GMT

Stena Line is due to complete a £6m refit investment programme of its Irish Sea North ferry fleet when the Stena Precision finishes its upgrade at Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard over the Easter period.

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Enjoy a cruise fit for Giants

Press Releases   •   Mar 25, 2015 10:47 GMT

​Northern Ireland’s leading ferry company Stena Line, is giving Belfast Giants fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with their heroes on April 18 on a Stena Line Belfast Giants Cruise.

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One in four British holidaymakers to take the car in 2015

Press Releases   •   Mar 24, 2015 13:04 GMT

Taking the car still remains a popular option for many British holidaymakers. This year, almost one in four British holidaymakers are planning to take the car with them on vacation. France, Italy and Germany top the list of places most likely to visit. Recent research also shows that British holiday makers like to fill up their boots during the trip buying local delicacies, souvenirs and wine to take home. The results are revealed in the Car Holiday Report 2015 – a survey commissioned by Stena Line on the car holiday habits of British holidaymakers.

The Car Holiday Report is based on a survey of over 1 000 people answering questions about going on holiday by car. The results show that taking the car on holiday is still close to British hearts. This year, almost three out of ten British holidaymakers, 28 %, will take a holiday by car. France is the country that most of British holidaymakers, 42 percent, are planning to visit. This is followed by the Italy and Germany, with 20% and 17 % respectively. Spain and the Netherlands are also popular countries and are on the top list.

In the survey, 69% of British holidaymakers said that they feel that a car holiday provides them with greater freedom and flexibility when on vacation. More than half, 53%, also feel that the one of the best things about holidaying by car is the opportunity to experience spontaneous happenings along the way. Another big advantage of travelling by car, according to British holidaymakers, is the opportunity to buy things to take home. Local delicacies, souvenirs and wine come top when they are asked what they are most likely to buy while on a car holiday.

The survey also measured the popularity of holidaying by car among eight other European countries including Germany, Norway, Ireland and France. "This year, we have carried out a global car holiday survey on all of our markets and we can see that the interest in taking the car on holiday is also significant outside of Ireland. The nation most likely to take a car holiday are the French, where almost seven out of ten are planning to take to the roads of Europe this year,” says Lars Olsson, Head of Travel, North Sea.

For more information, contact:

Michael McCrory, Duffy Rafferty Communications, tel 028 9073 0880 or e-mail

michael @duffyrafferty.com

Stena Line's Car Holiday Report 2015

Below follows a selection of statistics from the Car Holiday Report 2015. You can find the report in its entirety on:

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/stena_line

About the survey: National survey was carried out by Norm in February 2015. 1000 people in the age group 18–65 answered the question via a web panel.

Are you planning to holiday by car during 2015?

Total
Yes 28 percent
No 52 percent
Which countries are you planning to pass through or visit during your upcoming car holiday?
Total
France 42 percent
Italy 20 percent
Germany 17 percent
Spain 15 percent
The Netherlands 14 percent
What do you consider to be the primary reasons for choosing to holiday by car instead of taking another type of holiday?
Total
Greater freedom and flexibility 69 percent
The opportunity to experience spontaneous happenings along the way 53 percent
More quality time with your travel companions 38 percent
You can experience several countries on the same trip 35 percent
Love travelling by car 35 percent
You can buy things to take home 23 percent

What do you buy to take home when you take a car holiday?

Total
Food & local delicacies 55 percent
Souvenirs 53 percent
Wine 37 percent
Clothes & fashion 35 percent
Flea-market bargains 33 percent
Beer 28 percent
Perfume 26 percent
Strong spirits 23 percent
The top list – This is where most plan to take a car holiday in 2015
France 66 percent
Poland 60 percent
Germany 58 percent
The Netherlands 42 percent
Sweden 30 percent
Norway 28 percent
United Kingdom 28 percent
Denmark 24 percent
Ireland 23 percent

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.

​Taking the car still remains a popular option for many British holidaymakers. This year, almost one in four British holidaymakers are planning to take the car with them on vacation. France, Italy and Germany top the list of places most likely to visit.

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One in four Irish holidaymakers to take the car in 2015

Press Releases   •   Mar 24, 2015 13:03 GMT

Taking the car still remains a popular option for many Irish holidaymakers. This year, almost one in four Irish holidaymakers are planning to take the car with them on vacation. France, the UK and Spain top the list of places most likely to visit. Recent research also shows that Irish holidaymakers like to fill up their boots during the trip buying local delicacies, souvenirs and clothes to take home. The results are revealed in the Car Holiday Report 2015 – a survey commissioned by Stena Line on the car holiday habits of Irish holidaymakers.

The Car Holiday Report is based on a statistically significant survey sample of over 1 000 people answering questions about going on holiday by car. The results show that taking the car on holiday is still close to Irish hearts. This year, two out of ten Irish holidaymakers, 23 %, will take a holiday by car. France is the most popular destination with 32 % of respondents saying that they are planning a visit. After France, the UK and Spain, come next with 27% and 13% respectively. Germany and Italy also feature as popular destinations on the list.

In the survey, 74% of Irish holidaymakers said that they feel that a car holiday provides them with greater freedom and flexibility when on vacation. Six out of ten also feel that the one of the best things about holidaying by car is the opportunity to experience spontaneous happenings along the way. Another big advantage of travelling by car, according to Irish holidaymakers, is the opportunity to buy things to take home. Local delicacies, souvenirs and clothes come top when they are asked what they are most likely to buy while on a car holiday.

The survey also measured the popularity of holidaying by car among eight other European countries including Germany, Norway, the UK and France. "This year, we have carried out a global car holiday survey on all of our markets and we can see that the interest in taking the car on holiday is also significant outside of Ireland. The nation most likely to take a car holiday are the French, where almost seven out of ten are planning to take to the roads of Europe this year,” says Orla Noonan, Head of Travel, Irish Sea.

For more information, contact:

Fiona Brown, Duffy rafferty Communications, tel +44 (0) 28 9073 0880 or e-mail fiona@duffyrafferty.com

Stena Line's Car Holiday Report 2015

Below follows a selection of statistics from the Car Holiday Report 2015. You can find the report in its entirety on:

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/stena_line

About the survey: National survey was carried out by Norm in February 2015. 1000 people in the age group 18–65 answered the questions via a web panel.

Are you planning to holiday by car during 2015?

Total
Yes23 percent
No44 percent

Which countries are you planning to pass through or visit during your upcoming car holiday?
Total
France32 percent
United Kingdom27 percent
Spain13 percent
Germany11 percent
Italy10 percent

What do you consider to be the primary reasons for choosing to holiday by car instead of taking another type of holiday?
Total
Greater freedom and flexibility74 percent
The opportunity to experience spontaneous happenings along the way62 percent
You can travel to places few others find52 percent
More quality time with your travel companions40 percent
You can experience several countries on the same trip37 percent
You can buy things to take home34 percent
What do you buy to take home when you take a car holiday?
Total
Food & local delicacies60 percent
Souvenirs54 percent
Clothes and fashion48 percent
Flea-market bargains40 percent
Beer26 percent
Wine32 percent
Strong spirits23 percent
Perfume23 percent

The top list – This is where most plan to take a car holiday in 2015
France66 percent
Poland60 percent
Germany58 percent
The Netherlands42 percent
Sweden30 percent
Norway28 percent
United Kingdom28 percent
Denmark24 percent
Ireland23 percent

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.

​Taking the car still remains a popular option for many Irish holidaymakers. This year, almost one in four Irish holidaymakers are planning to take the car with them on vacation. France, the UK and Spain top the list of places most likely to visit.

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Stena Line launches new Superfast ferry at Dublin port

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2015 15:50 GMT

​Stena Line officially launched a new ferry on its Holyhead-Dublin route at Dublin Port today. Stena Superfast X (pronounced ten) will operate an all year round sailing schedule for Stena Line on its expanding Holyhead-Dublin service, one of the key tourism and freight gateways between Britain and Ireland.

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Stena Line launches new Superfast ferry at Dublin port

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2015 15:47 GMT

​Stena Line officially launched a new ferry on its Dublin-Holyhead route at Dublin Port today. Stena Superfast X (pronounced ten) will operate an all year round sailing schedule for Stena Line on its expanding Dublin-Holyhead service, one of the key tourism and freight gateways between Ireland and Britain.

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​Excitement builds as Stena Superfast X arrival draws near

Press Releases   •   Feb 26, 2015 15:43 GMT

THE Stena Superfast X ferry, which is due to make its debut sailing from Holyhead to Dublin Port next week, has left the Polish shipyard in Gdynia where staff have been working around the clock to ensure that the vessel is ready for its eagerly awaited launch.

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Excitement builds as Stena Superfast X arrival draws near

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 15:50 GMT

​THE Stena Superfast X ferry, which is due to make its debut sailing from Holyhead to Dublin Port next week, has left the Polish shipyard in Gdynia where staff have been working around the clock to ensure that the vessel is ready for its eagerly awaited launch.

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Stena Line consolidates ferry services into Dublin Port

Press Releases   •   Feb 04, 2015 11:34 GMT

Stena Line today announced a consolidation of its services from Holyhead to Dublin Port. The company has stated that it will be concentrating on expanding its existing ferry service at Dublin Port while at the same time confirming that it is withdrawing its HSS Stena Explorer service from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Route Manager for Irish Sea South, said: “With two services operating approx. 10 miles apart we needed to make a decision in relation to what operation best serves the needs of our customers now and in the years ahead, and that operation is Dublin Port.”

Stena Line has operated the HSS Stena Explorer into Dun Laoghaire since 1995 during which time the vessel has carried a mix of passengers, car and coach traffic. The Dun Laoghaire service was successful for several years following its introduction, carrying over 1.7 million passengers annually during its peak in 1998. However, post the withdrawal of ‘duty free’ shopping, passenger and cars volumes declined dramatically and by 2014, less than 200,000 ferry passengers travelled through Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This represented a decline of over 90% in volume, making the route unsustainable.

During the same time period Stena Line has continued to make significant investment in larger better equipped vessels, and this, coupled with key improvements in road infrastructure and connectivity to Dublin, Belfast and further afield, has led to a significant uplift in both passenger and freight volumes through its evolving Dublin Port business. Car and passenger volumes into Dublin Port overtook Dun Laoghaire as far back as 2008. Since then volumes through Dublin Port have continued to grow, as volumes through Dun Laoghaire have contracted thus providing Stena Line with a stark choice in relation to its future route network in the region.

Ian Davies added: “While we have enjoyed a very professional working relationship with Dun Laoghaire Harbour over many years, the economic realities of the current situation in relation to our business levels have left us with no choice but to close the service. Dublin continues to grow in importance, not only as the core freight port for Ireland but also as the key tourism gateway into Ireland.”

“Ireland remains a strategically important region for us which is why Stena Line has invested over £250m across our Irish Sea business in the last five years alone. A number of economic indicators point to the continued recovery of the Irish and UK economies which has helped to stimulate renewed freight growth and returning tourism confidence in 2014. In 2014 we invested in a new Stena Line service to France from Rosslare and recently announced the arrival of the superferry Stena Superfast X into Dublin Port by late February.”

Looking ahead, Stena Line is confident that this upward trend will continue which is why it has committed to increasing its capacity on the Dublin Port service. The new vessel Superfast X offers space for up to 1, 200 passengers and in addition to a host of improved onboard passenger facilities including the premium Stena Plus lounge, the ship also boasts 2km of vehicle lane capacity and with its year round sailing schedule further underpins Stena Line’s commitment to helping to expand freight trade volumes in the region.

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NOTE TO EDITOR: For further information please contact Lawrence Duffy or Michael McCrory of Duffy Rafferty Communications on +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, Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead, Dublin Port to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard.

​Stena Line today announced a consolidation of its services from Holyhead to Dublin Port. The company has stated that it will be concentrating on expanding its existing ferry service at Dublin Port while at the same time confirming that it is withdrawing its HSS Stena Explorer service from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

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Three is the magic number!

Press Releases   •   Feb 03, 2015 12:08 GMT

​Some things in life are better when they come in three’s like the Three Musketeers, The Supremes, three piece suits and who doesn’t love it when their favourite team ‘does the treble’. What would Larry be without the other two Stooges, Curly and Moe, Charlie without his three Angels and the Two Amigos just doesn’t have the same ring.

Contacts 3 contacts

  • 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)
  • stenaline@fourbgb.com
  • +44 (0) 203 697 4200

  • Press Contact
  • Stena Line Irish Sea Public Relations
  • info@duffyrafferty.com
  • 028 9073 0880

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