Sunday 25 September 2016

Stena celebrates 20th anniversary of Dublin to Holyhead route

A ferry happy birthday

Published 18/11/2015 | 16:16

Vogue Williams on board the Stena Line Superfast X ship on the 20th anniversary of Stena Line’s Dublin to Holyhead route. Photo: Conor Healy
Vogue Williams on board the Stena Line Superfast X ship on the 20th anniversary of Stena Line’s Dublin to Holyhead route. Photo: Conor Healy
Stena Superfast X in dock at Gdynia, Poland, before departing for Holyhead Port to begin operations on the Holyhead-Dublin route.

On this day 20 years ago, Stena Line operated the inaugural sailing of its flagship Dublin to Holyhead route.

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The anniversary was celebrated in Dublin Port today with model and presenter Vogue Williams posing for photos on the company's Superfast X ship (above).

"The demand for this route has grown significantly since November 1995 and we now travel from Dublin to Holyhead and back four times daily," said Orla Noonan, Head of Travel at Stena Line Ireland.

20 isn't the only number circulated in a press release marking the occasion. In two decades, Stena has operated 39,000 sailings, carrying 8.9 million people on the route.

It has also sold:

  • 1.7 million portions of chips
  • 1,702,846 cups of tea
  • 727,955 pints of beer
  • 1,259,482 fried breakfasts

The first vessel on the route was the Stena Traveller, which held 120 passengers. Today, the Stena Superfast X & Adventurer carry 1,200 people per sailing.

Earlier this year, the company discontinued its seasonal service, which had run on the HSS Stena Explorer, between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead.

That service had also run since 1995.

Stena Line Ireland has since looked to consolidate its services to and from Holyhead, and to expand its existing ferry service, at Dublin Port.

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