WB Yeats ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of WB Yeats ferry
|Year built||2018 / Age : 1|
|Builder||Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (Flensburg, Germany)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Dublin-Holyhead-(Cherbourg)|
|Building cost||EUR 144 million (GBP 112 million)|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||195 m / 640 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||50400 gt|
|Christened by||Rikki Rothwell|
Review of WB Yeats ferry
MS WB Yeats ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel operated by the company IRISH FERRIES. The ship has a max capacity of 1885 passengers and 1200 cars and 165 lorries. The vessel was launched in 2018 and currently operates on the Ireland-Wales (workweek) and Ireland-France (weekend) ferry routes Dublin-Holyhead (crossing time 2 hours, during winter only) and Dublin-Cherbourg (crossing time 19 hours, during summer only, 4 cruises per week).
As cruise ferry, WB Yeats has a total of 435 cabins. All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. The ship also has wheelchair-accessible cabins (adapted for disabled passengers). Priority boarding is offered to all car drivers.
WB Yeats staterooms come in the following categories:
- (new) "Premium Balcony" is IRISH FERRIES' first category of luxury suites with private, step-out balconies and dedicated butler service.
- Passengers in Club Cabins (premium category) have exclusive access to a dedicated Club Class Lounge (with its own dining options and waiter service).
- 3-star Twin Outside (4-berth Window Cabin with 2 lower beds / non-convertible to a queen, 2 pull-down bunk beds, mini-fridge)
- 2-star Twin Outside (4-berth Window Cabin with 2 lower beds / non-convertible to a queen, 2 pull-down bunk beds)
- Twin Inside (4-berth Interior Cabin with 2 lower beds / non-convertible to a queen, 2 pull-down bunk beds, no windows)
- 3-star Twin Outside (2-berth Window Cabin with 2 lower beds)
- 2-star Twin Outside (2-berth Window Cabin with 2 lower beds)
- Twin Inside (2-berth Interior Cabin with 2 lower beds, no windows)
- 2-berth Disabled Cabin ((wheelchair-accessible, midship location - close to the elevator on deck 5, with wider entry door, 2 lower beds, adapted bathroom - wider door, raised toilet seat, grab bars, shower seat, adjustable shower head). These cabins are located very close to the ship's disabled vehicle parking spaces.
- All cabins are fitted with a small writing table with chair and a flat TV.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
As facilities, the WB Yeats ship offers:
- Boylan's Brasserie (self-service buffet restaurant) offers Breakfast Menu (served up to 11 am - cereals, yogurts, toasts, Children's Breakfast, Full House / bacon, egg, sausage, hash brown, baked beans, pudding, tomato, tea and coffee), beverages (coffees, teas, hot chocolate, Coca Cola drinks, milk, fresh juice, wine by the glass), snacks (9-inch pizzas, salmon plate, cheese plate, baguettes, croissants, muffins, biscuits, fresh bread rolls, fruit scones). Lunch and Dinner Menu includes fresh-made soup of the day, a meat dish (on select voyages), a chicken dish, kids dish, Chef's Special, Fish & Chips, home-made beef pie, fresh-made sandwiches, salads, desserts, made-to-order vegetarian dishes. All the food is freshly prepared using the finest local produce.
- A la carte Lady Gregory Restaurant offers fresh-made dishes prepared with locally sourced produce.
- Maud Gonne Bar Lounge offers a wide selection of beverages and casual snacks.
- Cafe Lafayette is the ship's Cafeteria (self-service snack bar/patisserie/Costa Coffee bar). Snack options include croissants, panini sandwiches, homemade muffins and scones, fresh-baked pastries, yogurts, fresh fruit smoothies, sweet crepes, pancakes, Belgian waffles, light refreshments. Quality barista style coffee is served onboard.
- Java Republic (specialty coffee and tea bar)
- Duty-free shopping mall consists of luxury boutiques, brand fashion shops and a convenience store selling travel essentials, gifts, and souvenirs, spirits, wines, tobaccos, brand perfumes, cosmetics and skincare products, designer watches, jewelry and sunglasses, toys, gadgets, and electronics.
- Free Wi-Fi (available shipwide)
- Reception Desk with adjacent Bureau de Change (ATM/cashier services)
- Seating lounge (with windows) is fitted with leather reclining seats. The lounge is air-conditioned, with a large TV. Blankets and pillows are available free of charge.
- The ship has two Cinemas (named "The Abbey" and "The Peacock"). Cinema tickets can be purchased at Reception Desk.
- Hazel Wood Quiet Lounge
- (exclusive) Truck Driver Lounge / Restaurant
- (exclusive) Club Class Lounge / Restaurant is available on ship's Dublin-Holyhead route only. It features great sea views as well as complimentary newspapers, drinks, and snacks. The Club Class Lounge also offers benefits like reserved seating, priority boarding, and free Wifi.
- Crazy Jane's Games Room
- Salley Gardens Kids Room
- Pets facilities.
Promenade Deck (called Drumcliff) is a passenger-accessible outdoor, open-air deck area for strolling.
Car passengers can bring as much luggage as their vehicle can handle. Foot passengers between Ireland and UK must check-in bulky items, but have no access to them during the voyage. Foot passengers traveling between Ireland and France are allowed to bring only carry-on luggage as check-in facilities are not available.
Pets on the ship
The ship has kennels for domestic pets. Valid health cards for pets are required. During embarkation and disembarkation, dogs must be leashed and muzzled. Passengers with pets always disembark last.
- On voyages between Ireland and the UK, pets are allowed to board the ship with car and foot passengers. Pets are not allowed on any of the passenger decks.
- Car passengers can leave their pets in their vehicle or in the ship's kennels (free of charge, pre-booking is required). Foot passengers must transport their pets to and from the ship in either pet cage or other carrier. The animals must remain in the carrier for the duration of the trip.
- The ferry company participates in PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) system allowing pet animals to travel easily on ferries between European member countries without undergoing quarantine. In accordance with PETS requirements, on voyages between Ireland and France, pets must have all the needed documentation in order to be able to travel. Pets check-ins are at least 2 hours prior departure. Each animal is charged EUR 45 / 75 / 100 per voyage. On these voyages, pets are allowed to travel only in the ship's kennels (cat boxes) and not in vehicles. As each ferry has a limited number of kennels/boxes, pre-booking is required. Visit the pets during the voyage is allowed, but only at designated times and in the company of a crew member.
- Guide dogs travel freely, but proper documentation must be provided by the owner. Guide dogs are allowed to travel with their owners, with access to all passenger decks and all public spaces.
Car decks are separate from the truck parking areas. All ferried vehicles must have documentation and valid insurance. Having the car's technical data sheet makes boarding checks easier. Upon booking, the vehicle's model, length and height must be specified. Car ferry passengers must arrive at the departure port 90 min prior departure.
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk.
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number/stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger lounges is forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The shipowner Irish Ferries (founded in 1992, headquartered in Dublin Ireland) is a division of ICG (Irish Continental Group) operating passenger and freight ferries on routes connecting Ireland with the UK and Europe. Irish Ferries' current fleet includes the ships Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde, Ulysses, Epsilon, Westpac Express (fast catamaran ferry).
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The vessel was named after William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) - the best-known Irish poet, in 1923 awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The ship's name was chosen via online competition and suggested by Lee Maxwell (resident of Manorhamilton Ireland). The woman was awarded free ferry travel for life on all the company's ships. The online contest attracted almost 100,000 entries.
On January 19, 2018, was vessel's launching ceremony, during which it was also officially named by godmother Rikki Rothwell. The vessel entered the water stern first.
The newbuild was scheduled for delivery to IRISH FERRIES on July 30, 2018 (entering service with inaugural crossing Dublin-Cherbourg). However, due to shipyard delays, the initially announced crossings were canceled and the delivery was re-scheduled for September. Officially were announced "delays in the delivery of interior components for public areas and on the electrical system installation in the hull and deckhouse".
After WB Yeats, Flensburg shipyard started building a second (larger) cruise ferry scheduled for delivery in 2020. The newbuild was commissioned in mid-January 2018 by the parent company Irish Continental Group PLC. The contract price was EUR 165,2 million.
The ship is powered by four Wartsila marine diesel engines with total power output 33,6 MW. Cruising from mid-March through late-September, Irish Ferries offers 4 weekly crossings from Dublin to France (Cherbourg), with annual mileage nearly 144,000 miles (232,000 km), or the equivalent of circumnavigating the planet nearly 6 times.
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