Irish Ferries inaugurated its new direct weekend car ferry service between Dublin and the French port of Cherbourg. The new 19-hours service will be operated by the passenger car and freight ferry vessel Epsilon, which the company acquired recently under a charter arrangement.
Sailings depart from the Ferryport terminal in Dublin at 15.30 hours on Saturday and arrive in Cherbourg at 11.30 hours on Sunday. It returns to Dublin later that day, departing Cherbourg at 17.00 hours, arriving back in Ireland on Monday morning.
The introduction of the new Dublin to Cherbourg service gives holidaymakers travelling into and out of Ireland a third route option, augmenting, as it does, the company’s services from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Rosslare to Roscoff.
Timed to arrive in Cherbourg early enough to facilitate easy onward travel to campsites and holiday centres throughout France, the new service is expected to prove popular with families and hauliers alike.
On board Epsilon, the once-weekly, year round service will offer a more limited range of cabins and passenger attractions when compared with those on board the company’s cruise ferry Oscar Wilde, which will continue to service routes from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff as before.
Bringing access to European motorways into the heart of Dublin city, the new service will extend the appeal of a motoring holiday in France to an even wider market. For those living in the northern half of the country, it eliminates driving to Rosslare and cuts the motoring time and cost involved.
Built in 2011, the Epsilon has capacity for 500 passengers. Modest facilities on board include a bar, cafeteria, self-service restaurant, 68 two and four berth cabins all with TV, free wi-fi service and 2,860 lane metres of vehicle deck parking space. Fares and offers for this new Dublin to Cherbourg service can be viewed on the Irish Ferries website www.irishferries.com. When not operating on the Dublin to Cherbourg service, Epsilon will sail between Dublin and Holyhead, increasing Irish Ferries services on the route to a maximum of 12 sailings each day.