Stena Line is spending millions on the refit and refurbishment of a total of 10 ships across its five Irish Sea routes.
IRELAND’S leading ferry company, Stena Line, is giving its Irish Sea fleet a makeover, to the tune of almost €15.5 million.
At a time when travel companies across the globe are implementing cut-backs, Stena Line is spending millions on the refit and refurbishment of a total of 10 ships, across its five Irish Sea routes.
Stena Line route director Vic Goodwin believes that the investment reflects the ferry company’s ongoing commitment to improving its fleet and services.
“At Stena Line, we are continually investing in our product to exceed customer expectations and give them a pleasurable and comfortable travelling experience,” said Goodwin.
“We’ve never been a company to rest on its laurels and this investment in our Irish Sea fleet reflects a desire to continually improve in terms of quality and service reliability.
“The credit crunch has resulted in more people considering holidays within the British Isles, which is good news for the ferry industry. Therefore, it is vitally important that when new customers travel with us, we show them how much ferry travel has developed over the years and how pleasurable an experience it can be compared to flying,” Vic concluded.
Highlights of Stena Line’s investment include €3.5M refit and refurbishment on the Stena Adventurer and a €2.2 M refit and refurbishment of Stena Nordica which both sail from Dublin to Holyhead, €2M on the Stena Caledonia, which sails from Belfast to Stranraer, €1.5M on the Stena Lynx III which sails from Rosslare to Fishguard, €1.2M on the HSS Stena Explorer which sails from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead, and €1.1M on the HSS Stena Voyager which sails from Belfast to Stranraer.
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NOTE TO EDITORS:
The expenditure on the Irish Sea fleet is as follows:
• The Stena Adventurer (Dublin-Holyhead) will be at Harland & Wolff in Belfast in March for a €3.5M refit. The work will see a complete revamp of deck 8 on the ship to include a new 202-seater Stena Plus lounge incorporating a family area with MSN stations and dedicated toilets, a new business area with WiFi, a Barista Coffee house, a new shop, a Teen Town branded area with MSN stations, a Met Bar & Grill, a Curious George Play Area and a quiet area/ reading room.
• It will have several new features, including a Stena Plus lounge, a bar/grill, another bar, a coffee house, children’s play area, reading room and retail area.
• The Stena Lynx III (Rosslare-Fishguard) is due to go into dry dock at Falmouth in March for €1.5M of repairs and maintenance.
• The Stena Seafarer (Larne-Fleetwood) will have €950,000 spent on it in July. The contract will cover repairs, maintenance and new crew accommodation.
• A €2M revamp of the Stena Caledonia was completed at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead on February 12.
• The Stena Leader (Larne-Fleetwood) had a €1M refit at Cammell Laird this year. New accommodation for crew was added on the vessel.
• The Stena Pioneer (Larne-Fleetwood) had a €1.1M refit at Cammell Laird this year. New accommodation for crew was added on the vessel.
• The HSS Stena Voyager (Belfast-Stranraer) had a €1.1M refit at H&W in Belfast last month.
• The HSS Stena Explorer (Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead) had a €1.2M refit completed at H&W on February 10.
• The Stena Europe (Rosslare-Fishguard) had a €850,000 refit completed at H&W in November.
• Stena Nordica (Dublin-Holyhead) will undergo a €2.2M refit and refurbishment this month to include new passenger lounges and bar, a new Stena Plus lounge, a Food City restaurant, a new freight drivers area and refurbished seating and flooring.