Irish Ferries seeks agents’ help naming new ship

Travel agents have the chance to win free travel for life with Irish Ferries by picking a name for the firm’s new €144 million ship.

The 55,000-tonne vessel is being built in Germany and is due to enter service next summer.

The ferry will carry more than 1,800 passengers and crew, with 440 cabins including suites with private balconies, as well as luxury and standard class accommodation. The ship will also be able to handle more than 500 cars.

It will feature bars and lounge space, restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and a club class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.

Irish Ferries is looking for a name that conveys a sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past, with an emotional appeal not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the new ship.

Head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said: “We’re looking for a name that stacks up – in the literary sense – alongside our current fleet that already includes Ulysses, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift.

“All suggestions will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.”

Agents can visit www.bigshipbigname.com to enter the competition, which has a closing date of September 29. Other prizes are available for the runners-up.

Operational and scheduling details will be announced in due course, the company said.