IN THE late Seventies and early Eighties the night ferry from Dublin to Liverpool almost became my second home as I gradually moved my life over here, and then went back to see relations and friends. It was how I first visited Dublin in February 1979 for a rugby match. So I was much taken with the news last week that the UK's largest ferry operator, P&O Ferries, was introducing additional sailings on its route between Dublin and Liverpool.
More importantly the company has upgraded its European Endeavour vessel, originally introduced to the route in February for freight traffic, to accommodate up to 300 tourist passengers. The project represents an important investment by the company in its Dublin service. It comes as Stena has axed its fast-ferry service from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead for the winter.
The addition of the European Endeavour's passenger capacity means that P&O will now operate up to three sailings from Dublin to Liverpool each day with fares starting at just €91 for a car and driver.
P&O's sea fleet consists of seven vessels; European Causeway, European, Highlander, Norbay, Norbank, European Endeavour, Norcape and the P&O Express. It operates three routes across the Irish Sea, from Liverpool to Dublin, Cairnryan to Larne and Troon to Larne.