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Irish Ferries Adds New Cruise Ferry To Its Fleet

By Dave Simpson
Irish Ferries Adds New Cruise Ferry To Its Fleet

Irish Ferries has announced that it has added a new cruise ferry to its fleet.

The Star

According to a statement published on, the ship was originally called The Star, and it was built in Finland in 2007, for Tallink Grupp.

The Oscar Wilde

The ship will now be renamed the Oscar Wilde. It has a capacity of more than 2,080 passengers, with 134 cabins and more than 2,380 lane metres for cars, coaches and freight vehicles.

The ship’s duty-free shopping space extends to more than 17,000 square feet.

The ship includes freight drivers’ facilities, a club class lounge, a self-service restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a bar, gaming facilities, pet facilities and family-friendly features, such as a children’s play area.


Its possible top speed is 27.5 knots.

The Oscar Wilde will begin operating on the Rosslare-Pembroke route in early June, replacing the chartered Blue Star 1 for the summer.

Statement By Irish Ferries’ Managing Director

The statement published on quoted its managing director, Andrew Sheen, as saying “We are delighted to announce the addition of the Oscar Wilde to our fleet. This new ship will be a fantastic addition to our service, offering passengers and freight drivers the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities. Along with [the] usual advantages of ferry travel, in terms of no luggage restrictions or security queues, we are confident that the Oscar Wilde will become a firm favourite with our customers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board.”

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