The Fastnet line ferry service is a relatively new company that operated for many years under a different name, but these days is well known to have re-introduced the popular ferry service between Swansea and Cork in southern Ireland.

It operates only the one route, but it’s an enormously successful one, running between Swansea and Cork. This route used to be run by Swansea Cork Ferries Limited, between 1987 and 2006. However, the ship that had been used during this time was taken out of service, and a new vessel could not be found. This meant that between 2007 and 2009, no service operated between the two ports. However, Fastnet Lines set themselves up as a new business, and went about searching for a suitable ship to take over the route. The company was made up of a co-operative of local businesses from both southern Wales and southern Ireland who were concerned about the impact on trade and tourism. Money was raised, and the ship the MS Julia was bought from Scandinavia. The vessel went under trials and alterations, and in March 2010, Fastnet Lines opened to the public, first going one-way from Swansea. By the following summer season, the return journey was also in place, and the service is now massively successful all year round.

The Fasnet Lines company are proud to offer great service and value for money. The journey itself is overnight, usually taking around twelve hours, and is the most direct way of getting from one coast to the other. Services leave the port in the evening, and you can spend your time exploring the ship and all it has to offer. You can either really make the most of your holiday and eat in their fancy restaurant, or simply grab a quick bite from the café. You’ll have a choice of three restaurants when you get on board. There’s also a cinema to while away the evening, a casino, and a children’s play area so you can have a bit of time to yourself. The ship is quite large, and can hold one-thousand, five-hundred passengers. There are three-hundred cabins on board, so once you’ve exhausted yourself in the evening, you can sleep away the first part of your journey, and wake up feeling refreshed ready to continue on the other coast.

Passengers can come aboard by car (the ship has a capacity for about 350 vehicles), or simply walk on by foot. It also serves as a freight service. The ship can also hold forty trucks for those bearing freight. Tourism in the area has increased since Fastnet Lines bought back the ferry service between Cork and Swansea, and it’s also provided a great link for trade. Going by a Fastnet Lines ferry means that you’ll save time and petrol. If you chose to simply drive from London to Cork, you’d need to add an extra four-hundred miles to your journey. As the route is quite popular, the timetable is always busy, so make sure you book in advance. During the summer months, there are four services a week going each way. Between September and June, there are three.