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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.

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Three is the magic number!

Press Releases   •   Feb 03, 2015 10:35 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.

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Stena Line Goes BIG For Hotel Breaks

Press Releases   •   Jan 21, 2015 11:35 GMT

​Europe’s tallest man sails into town to launch Stena Line’s BIGGEST EVER hotel break sale EUROPE’S tallest man sailed into Ireland today to reveal details of ferry company Stena Line’s biggest ever hotel breaks sale.

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Stena Line Goes BIG For Hotel Breaks

Press Releases   •   Jan 21, 2015 11:31 GMT

​Europe’s tallest man sails into town to launch Stena Line’s BIGGEST EVER hotel break sale EUROPE’S tallest man helped ferry company Stena Line reveal details of its biggest ever hotel breaks sale.

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Stena Line Goes BIG For Hotel Breaks

Press Releases   •   Jan 21, 2015 10:47 GMT

​Europe’s tallest man sails into town to launch Stena Line’s BIGGEST EVER hotel break sale EUROPE’S tallest man sailed into Northern Ireland today to reveal details of ferry company Stena Line’s biggest ever hotel breaks sale.

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Families look forward to Haven a great 2015 holiday from only £485*

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2015 16:31 GMT

​Includes return travel with Stena Line and seven nights’ accommodation in a range of locations Families can enjoy a summer self-catering holiday in Britain next year with Stena Line from less than £70* per family per day for travel and seven nights’ accommodation at a range of 10 Haven holiday parks across Britain.

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Rugby fans score a bargain with Stena Line

Press Releases   •   Dec 09, 2014 11:53 GMT

Travel to support Ireland in the 6 Nations from only £79* single for a car and driver

IRELAND rugby fans canscore a bargain to support the boys in green in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations with great value offers from leading ferry company Stena Line. Travel is available from only £79* single for a car, driver and ferry and accommodation is on offer from as little as £119pps*

When Ireland take on Scotland in Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Saturday March 22, Stena Line is offering a fantastic ferry and hotel break which means that Rugby fans can enjoy return travel from Belfast to Cairnryan and a two night break in Glasgow or Edinburgh from only £119pps* (based on a car and 4 people) or £139pps* (based on a car and 2 people sharing).

Ireland’s leading ferry company also has a budget busting offer for the Wales v Ireland match in the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday March 14, including 2 nights’ accommodation and travel from Dublin Port to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard from only £149pps* (based on a car and 4 people) or £159pps*(based on a car and 2 people sharing). Fans have a choice of places to stay in the Bristol area, Swansea area and there is also limited availability in Cardiff.

Supporters can choose from a range of hotels including return ferry travel by car with Stena Line. Match tickets not included.

To take advantage of this great offer go to www.stenaline.co.uk/6nations, call 08445 768 768 or visit your local travel agent.

*Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Prices do not include match ticket.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information, please contact Bronagh Cobain of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 028 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.

​Travel to support Ireland in the 6 Nations from only £79* single for a car and driver IRELAND rugby fans canscore a bargain to support the boys in green in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations with great value offers from leading ferry company Stena Line. Travel is available from only £79* single for a car, driver and ferry and accommodation is on offer from as little as £119pps*

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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