News from Stena Line: Changings in the Irish Sea ferry service
Stena Line will introduce the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland – Superfast VII and Superfast VIII. Additional they offer a new level of quality, comfort and facilities never before seen on the Irish Sea with their move from Stranraer to a new state-of-the-art base at Cairnryan ferry port. The new Cairnryan Belfast ferry service is replacing the existing Stranraer Belfast connection. The first sailing is scheduled for 21st November 2011. The crossing time is 2 hours 15 minutes. Stena Line have announced plans to reduce the current HSS fast craft Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire operation to a seasonal service, with the service closing for the winter on 13th September. Stena Line received formal regulatory clearance for the acquisition of the route from Liverpool (Birkenhead) to Belfast in June 2011 from DFDS (Norfolkline) and is commencing the integration of this route into the Stena Line network. Booking is not available via Stena Line.