WB Yeats ferry

WB Yeats ferry current position

WB Yeats ferry current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 52.14947 N / -5.78164 W) cruising at speed of 18.8 kn (35 kph/ 22 mph) en route to DUBLIN. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of WB Yeats ferry

Year built2019  /  Age: 2
Flag state Cyprus
BuilderFSG-Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (Flensburg, Germany)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsDublin-Holyhead-(Cherbourg)
Building costEUR 144 million (GBP 112 million)
OwnerICG (Irish Continental Group)
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)195 m / 640 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage51388 gt
Passengers1750 - 1885
Freight vehicles150
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2021
Christened byRikki Rothwell

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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 cargo capacity 1200 cars (or 300 cars plus 150 lorries / semi-trailer trucks). The vessel was inaugurated in 2019 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).

Decks and Cabins

As cruise ferry, WB Yeats has a total of 435 staterooms. All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms (WC-toilet, washbasin, shower). 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.

As standard amenities in all staterooms are offered 4 beds in all quad cabins (1x single sofabed + 3x Pullman beds/2 upper, 1 lower), 32-inch smart HDTV (40-inch in the Suites) with on-demand movies, free WiFI, mirrored writing desk with chair. Baby cots are available for pre-booking but cost extra and not all cabins are suitable for cots.

Cabin categories include:

  • Premium Suite with Balcony (deck 8)
  • Premium Suite with Slanted Windows (deck 8)
  • Deluxe Suite with Windows (decks 8-9-10)
  • Family Club Quad Outside Cabins (deck 9)
  • Family Quad Outside Cabins (decks 8-9)
  • 4-Bed Outside Cabins (decks 8-9)
  • 4-Bed Inside Cabins (decks 8-9)
  • 2-Bed Wheelchair-Accessible Cabin (deck 8)

WB Yeats ferry ship (IRISH FERRIES)

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 elevators on deck 8, with wider entry door (97 cm / 38 inches), 2 lower beds, adapted bathroom (wider door, raised toilet seat, grab bars, shower seat, adjustable showerhead).

The boat has 12 decks, of which 3 are with cabins.

WB Yeats ferry ship (IRISH FERRIES)

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.
  • The Wild Swans (exclusive Truck Driver Lounge and Restaurant)
  • Lady Gregory Restaurant is a-la-carte-priced and offers fresh-made dishes prepared with locally sourced produce. The menu includes many Irish and French cuisine specialties.
  • The 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, 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.
  • The Hazel Wood Quiet Lounge
  • (exclusive) INNISFREE Club Class Lounge / Restaurant is available on the Dublin-Holyhead route only. It features great sea views as well as complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers. The Club Class Lounge also offers benefits like reserved Pullman seating, priority boarding, free WiFi, USB charging ports.
  • Crazy Jane's Games Room (passengers must 18 years of age or older)
  • Salley Gardens Kids Room is an indoor playground with fun activities supervised by dedicated staff.
  • Pets facilities.

Promenade Deck (called Drumcliffe) is a passenger-accessible outdoor/open-air deck area for strolling, with smoking-allowed areas.

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

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.

ferry company IRISH FERRIES logo - CruiseMapper

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, 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.

The vessel's construction (hull/yard number 771) officially started with the keel-laying ceremony on September 11, 2017, at FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft) in Flensburg Germany. On January 19, 2018, was held the launching ceremony (float out from drydock), during which the ship was officially named by godmother Rikki Rothwell. The vessel entered the water stern first. The ceremony was attended by John McGuckian (ICG-Irish Continental Group's Chairman), Eamonn Rothwell (ICG's CEO), David Ledwidge (ICG's CFO), Andrew Sheen (ICG's Managing Director), shipyard employees. The delivery was planned for May 2018.

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 cancelled and the delivery rescheduled 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".

In 2019, EIB (European Investment Bank) provided EUR 155 million financing 2x new Ro-Pax ships for IRISH FERRIES. WB Yeats started service in 2019 (on January 22). The second vessel was cancelled.

  • For the newbuild, the shipowner (parent company ICG-Irish Continental Group PLC) paid the contract price EUR 165,2 million.
  • After WB Yeats, the German shipbuilder FSG started the construction of a second/larger cruiseferry with scheduled delivery in 2020. However, following FSG's financial troubles, in June 2020 ICG terminated the contract. As part of the original ICG-FSG contract, ICG paid a 20% deposit on the newbuild (EUR 33 million) with the remaining 80% due on its delivery. The deposit was protected by third-party guarantees and in June was returned to ICG.
  • The new vessel was with passenger capacity 1800, cargo capacity 1526 cars (or 300 semi-trailer trucks) and planned for the Dublin-Holyhead route.
  • WB Yeats' delayed delivery to IRISH FERRIES (planned for May 2018) affected ~20,000 customers. According to the company, ~80% of them rebooked alternative sailings with the company, the rest were rerouted (to other companies) or fully reimbursed (100% cash refund plus a free cruise voucher for 2019). The cancellations plus the technical issues with Ulysses (June 2018) contributed to a 25% drop in ICG's earnings per share in FY2018.

The WB Yeats ship is powered by four Caterpillar marine diesel engines (model MAK 8M43C) with total power output 33,6 MW. The propulsion system is based on two VPP (variable pitch propellers), each 5 m (16 ft) in diameter. The ship has two fin stabilizers (model SKF Type 2) with surface area 9 m2 (97 ft2) and weight 40 tons each. The boat's freshwater tanks have capacity 679 tonnes.

Cruising from mid-March through late-September, Irish Ferries offers 4 weekly crossings from Dublin to France (Cherbourg), with annual mileage nearly 144,000 mi (232,000 km), or the equivalent of circumnavigating the planet nearly 6 times.

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