Irish Ferries has ordered a second new super cruise ferry, which will start sailing between the UK and Ireland in 2020.

It will be built in Germany at a cost of €165.2million in the same shipyard that is currently building the company’s new ship, W.B. Yeatswhich, due for delivery this summer.

When built, the new ship will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, offering space for up to 1,500 cars, or up to 330 freight trucks. It is expected to weigh approximately 67,300 tonnes.

The cruise ferry will be designed specifically to sail between Holyhead and Dublin, in tandem with the company’s current flagship Ulysses, which will replace the chartered ferry Epsilon (operating in the fleet since 2013).

Passenger facilities will include a choice of bars, restaurants (both à la carte and self-service options), Club Class lounge, state-of-the-art entertainment options and cinemas, more than 150 cabins and retail outlets.

The additional capacity of the new ship on the Holyhead/Dublin route will, by 2020, allow W.B. Yeats to sail between Ireland and France year-round.

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