Aran Island Ferries To Launch New Service Using Ireland's Largest Domestic Passenger Ferry
According to The Irish Independent, Aran Island Ferries is set to launch a new service this week using Ireland's largest domestic passenger ferry.
The new service will see the 400-seater Saoirse na Farraige link Galway City to Inis Mór.
Aran Island Ferries
The launch is set for June, two days after holiday accommodation is permitted to reopen in Ireland under new public health guidelines.
The first route between the city and the islands since 2005 will also take in the Cliffs of Moher on return.
The 40m ferry arrived in late 2020 from the Cheoy Lee Shipyards of Hong Kong.
Amenities include leather seating, charging points, and plasma screens, with an onboard bar ready to serve when restrictions permit.
It also includes a wheelchair lift and “the largest life rafts in Ireland”, capable of carrying 150 people on each of four rafts.
Aran Island Ferries declined to comment on the cost 0f the vessel.
Speaking with the Irish Independent, Susan O’Brien, director of Aran Island Ferries, said “Saoirse na Farraige means Freedom of the Sea and in light of the recent pandemic we’re delighted to now set this vessel free on Galway Bay for what will be a memorable cruise and visit to Inis Mór, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in complete luxury and safety,”
Elsewhere in Ireland, the cross-border car ferry service across Carlingford Lough has reopened.
The Carlingford Lough service is owned by Frazer Ferries Group, which also owns the Passage East Ferry linking counties Waterford and Wexford (it remained operational during lockdown), and Lough Foyle Ferry, a seasonal service between counties Donegal and Derry.
Scenic Lough & Lighthouse cruises introduced during the pandemic sold out last year and will be resumed again this summer, according to a company spokesperson.
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