Irish Ferries owner ICG announced that its Ulysses ferry would be out of service for longer than it had been expected.
The cruise ferry, which operates on the route between Dublin and Holyhead, reported technical difficulties June 24 and entered drydock in Belfast June 28. ICG had thought repairs were due to take no longer than 5 days allowing service to resume July 4.
However, ICG said in a statement on Monday, July 9, they had been informed by service engineers that the issue was more serious than originally anticipated and they expected the vessel would be out of service for a further period of 1 to 2 weeks.
ICG said it would adjust the schedules of its other ferries to minimise the disruption to clients as much as possible.
The Dublin-Holyhead route will operate with Epsilon on Ulysses schedule alongside Dublin Swift which will operate the additional evening trips.
Irish Ferries was forced to cancel all summer itineraries from Dublin to France on line's new WB Yeats last month. Nearly 20,000 people were affected.