AFTER an extensive refit programme at shipyards in Turkey and Liverpool, the Stena Europe has resumed its scheduled sailing services on the Rosslare – Fishguard route.
The Stena Europe upgrade programme took longer than had been anticipated
But as Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea South) Ian Davies said, the upgraded vessel will now offer a significant improvement in customer care.
He said: “I know there has been a certain amount of frustration with the delayed return of the Stena Europe, a very popular vessel with both our freight and travel customers.
“We had planned for a number of improvements and additions throughout the ship both of a technical and customer-facing nature, but we did encounter a number of challenges which impacted on our works delivery schedule for which I’d like to apologies to our customers. “
Mr Davies added: “During the refit period our cover vessel the Stena Nordica did a sterling job ensuring we maintained our sailing schedule on Fishguard – Rosslare and I would like thank the Captain and crew of the Stena Nordica for their efforts.
“We are now all looking forward to welcoming the Stena Europe back and I know a lot of our regular customers are looking forward to seeing the improvements.
“Apart from a number of technical upgrades our freight customers will be particularly pleased to hear that we have altered our deck height to be able to accommodate the increasing trend for high sided trailers.
“And for our travel customers we have also added a new Hygge Lounge which offers luxury reclining seats set in a private, ultra-stylish but cosy surrounding, an upgraded Retail Shop and a refurbished Happy children’s play area to name a few changes.”
Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain to Ireland including Rosslare to Fishguard, Dublin to Holyhead, Belfast to Liverpool and Heysham, Belfast to Cairnryan routes a total of 232 weekly sailing options between Britain and Ireland.
Stena Line also offers a direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.