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Stena Explorer returns on the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire route


The HSS Stena Explorer fast ferry service made a welcome return on the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire route on Saturday 24 February. Following a refit at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast the craft has returned having received a €1.75 million (£1.17 million) refurbishment including a new seating area at the rear of the craft.

Stena Line route director Vic Goodwin is delighted to have the Stena Explorer, which offers the fastest crossing from Wales to Ireland, back in action.

“We are delighted to have her back on the route. The Stena Explorer plays an important part in helping us maintain and strengthen Stena Line’s position as market leader on the Irish Sea,” said Vic.

The Stena Explorer, which carries 1,500 passengers, 350 cars and/or 50 trucks, operates two return trips per day between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. On board facilities include restaurants, bars, shops and the exclusive Stena Plus lounge. Stena Plus passengers can look forward to first class treatment all the way to Ireland, where they can relax in comfortable surroundings and enjoy a wide selection of complimentary snacks and beverages and a choice of daily newspapers.

In addition to gaining access to the Stena Plus Lounge, motorists who have purchased the Premium fare can also benefit from express boarding and disembarkation.

Onboard the HSS there is a range of entertainment available for the whole family, especially during the holiday periods. The HSS Stena Explorer ferry offers a choice of restaurants (Food City Restaurant, Pumpkins Sandwich Bar, Burger King) and bars (The Metropolitan Bar, Spikes Bar) to match travellers’ every mood, as well as a vast array of shopping opportunities with onboard savings. The HSS also represents a fantastic travel experience for children with a number of special events, to make the trip memorable, and children’s play areas.

Stena Line operates the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes from Ireland to Britain, with ten ferries operational across five routes including the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port, Fishguard to Rosslare, Stranraer to Belfast and Fleetwood to Larne routes. The company carries more than three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival ferry operators combined.


Notes to editors:

About Stena Line
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) as well as two daily crossings on its Harwich to Hoek van Holland route providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

For further press information please contact:
Richard Rigby
bgb communications
Tel: 020 7902 2990

Stena Line Limited
Stena House
Station Approach
LL65 1DQ
Tel: 08705 70 70 70


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