New ferry routes from Ireland to France and Spain have been announced within weeks of each other, first from Irish Ferries Dublin to Cherbourg, then LD Lines with their new Rosslare to Saint-Nazaire, France, and (via Saint-Nazaire) Gijón, Spain.
It’s great new for travellers and the tourism industries of all three countries involved.
First to make an announcement though, was Irish Ferries, who have introduced a new service running from Dublin to Cherbourg, in northern France. The crossings takes around 19 hours and will sail once a week.
The ferry will sail overnight, departing Dublin on Saturday at 15:30, and arriving in Cherbourg o Sunday at 11:30. The return journey will leave Cherbourg Sunday at 17:00, arriving in Dublin on Monday at 11:00.
This is one of the longer crossings operated by Irish Ferries, and they have decide to use their newest vessel, the Epsilon, which is also used on the Holyhead – Dublin routes. The ferry offers free Wifi, a bar and lounge, a good quality restaurant and choice of comfortable 2 and 4 berth cabins, all of which have televisions and air conditioning. Some of the cabins are suitable for families travelling with young children and can accomodate cots. There are also cabins for wheelchair users.
The Epsilon was built in 2011 in Italy, is can accommodate 500 passengers in the 70 cabins onboard. If you don’t want to book a cabin, it is possible to book a reclining seat in the air conditioned lounge. Blankets and pillows can be provided, there are toilets nearby and also a TV.
After a few searches we found a good range of cabin space available, such as the 3 Star cabins with window available for around €100 each crossing, all the way to the reclining chairs in the lounge, which were free of charge.
The Irish Ferries route from Rosslare to Cherbourg will remain in operation, giving travellers between Ireland and France a great choice. The crossing from Rosslare sails twice weekly, with jourey times a little shorter at around 18.5 hours.