Irish Ferries Celebrate the Official Launch of the W.B Yeats

Guests attended the official launch of the all-new W.B Yeats today (February 26) to experience first-hand the cruise-ferry with multiple industry award nominations.

Irish holidaymakers will experience a whole new era of luxury sea travel, with refined accommodation, fine dining and a host of family fun entertainment, as Thursday, March 14 marks the first of up to four departures per week from Dublin to France.

Measuring an incredible 195m in length and capable of transporting 300 cars and 165 trucks, W.B. Yeats will afford superior comfort to over 1,800 passengers. Departing directly from Dublin Port, the relaxing sail will take approximately 18 hours, with guests invited to enjoy the luxury of space and sea views, free WiFi, a choice of movies in the cinemas, the chance to shop the bestselling brands, or to simply unwind in the many bars and restaurants on-board. Setting sail at 16.00 on the days of departure, passengers will arrive in Cherbourg at 11.00 local time, relaxed and ready for adventure after a comfortable night’s sleep and a leisurely breakfast.

Dynamic in design, with class-leading technologies, W.B. Yeats is the first new build ferry to be nominated for two industry leading Shippax awards, as well as a Ferry Shipping Summit Award. Committed to improving the sustainability of the Irish Ferries fleet, the W.B. Yeats has been fitted with next generation engineering systems and is the first new build passenger ferry installed with the latest in emissions scrubber technology to reduce harmful air emissions, as well as a Ballast Water Treatment System designed to protect the marine environment. On board, energy efficient LED lighting systems have been installed throughout and recyclable materials are replacing plastics like straws and lids on-board.

Speaking at the launch Andrew Sheen, Managing Director of Irish Ferries said; “We are delighted to welcome guests on board the W.B. Yeats this afternoon. While this spectacular ship is already in service on the Irish Sea, we are very excited to get her started on the Dublin to Cherbourg crossing which will strengthen our tourism and trading links with France, one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.”

Nora Costello, Consumer Marketing & Sales Director for Irish Ferries continued; “I’m thrilled that Irish holidaymakers now have the chance to sail in style directly from Dublin to the Normandy coast on the magnificent W.B. Yeats.  Families have the space to move and be well entertained with family fun as well as movie screenings in The Abbey and The Peacock cinemas, while those hoping for a more tranquil crossing can relax and unwind with a good book in the quiet lounge or enjoy the sea views on deck. The embodiment of relaxation, the holiday truly begins the moment passengers step on-board.”

Presenting style defining sophistication, Irish Ferries say the W.B. Yeats décor exudes understated elegance with natural tones and rich furnishings accented by state-of-the-art lighting and breath-taking panoramic sea views. According to the company, the W.B Yeats invites adventure, so whether it’s a gourmet break away in a picturesque French village, or a seaside adventure for all the family, enjoy the freedom of unlimited luggage, free WiFi on-board and the comfort of travelling from Dublin to France with your own car when you book your summer sailing at

What’s On-board W.B. Yeats

  • Innisfree Club Class Lounge
  • The Maud Gonne Bar & Lounge
  • Lady Gregory A la Carte Restaurant
  • Boylan’s Brasserie
  • Café Lafayette
  • The Abbey & The Peacock Cinema & Lounge
  • The Hazel Wood Quiet Lounge
  • Drumcliff Promenade Deck
  • Sally Gardens Kids Room
  • Crazy Jane’s Games Room
  • The Shop
  • Relaxing cabins and luxury suites with private balconies

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