Irish Ferries is offering you a safer way to get away, and we look forward to welcoming you onboard again. As travel restrictions in many countries are currently being relaxed, we have introduced additional measures at ports and onboard our ships to ensure that both passengers and crew can ‘Travel Safe’. And we have added more flexibility options to new bookings too. Remember though to:
Stay home if you feel unwell
Respect social distancing in all areas. Book a cabin and use outer decks for fresh air
Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitisers where available
Wear a face covering when moving around public areas and when travelling to / from France
Follow the guidelines set by your local health authority
In Car Check-in
Drive on in the comfort and security of your own car with in-car check in. Stay in your own vehicle while waiting to board. Both boarding and disembarkation procedures will be staggered to facilitate social distancing. Where passport checks are in operation, hold your documents up for review from inside your car, thus limiting contact with our staff. Social distancing measures are also in place for foot passengers when checking in and boarding.
Enjoy Fresh Air
Breath in and enjoy clean fresh sea air, when on any of the outer decks onboard. And all internal ventilation and air conditioning systems on board use 100% fresh air. No recirculated air here.
Sail in space
With the most modern fleet in Ireland, you will have plenty of room to roam around while onboard, including open air spacious outer decks. Enjoy ample space onboard, allowing for social distancing, while with family and friends.
There is intensified disinfection of all common touchpoints in all areas and clear markings and signage promoting social distancing have been installed throughout each ship, along with onboard announcements by the Master. There is ample seating for all passengers, with seating controls where appropriate to encourage social distancing throughout each ship.
Lifts will operate with reduced capacity too. Please respect everyone’s space when using them.
Enjoy the privacy of your own cabin where available. Each cabin is cleaned thoroughly, and key touchpoints are sanitised. After every sailing, the room is fogged with a new device that sterilises and deals effectively with any virus or other air and surface contaminants that may be present. This device is used in “clean room technology” throughout the pharmaceutical sector as well as in some hospitals.
There are social distancing protocols in place in the onboard public areas, and as you’d expect, crew who are in direct contact with passengers will be wearing protective masks and gloves. Plexiglass screens have also been added to till points and order stations. Some onboard services have been reduced to maximise the safety of both passengers and crew. While these may change to reflect circumstances, here is a guide to some of the differences you may experience:
We will have a more limited range of food and beverage options available, but with in-room and main restaurant dining options available. Buffet style presentation and menu options will not be available. Food will be cooked to order and served in disposable containers. While more limited than in the past, menus will include a variety of dishes including vegetarian and gluten free options. Individually wrapped salads, sandwiches and desserts will also be available.
For everyone’s safety we’ve temporarily closed cinemas, bars, shopping, Club Class lounges and kids soft play area.
As entertainment may be more limited onboard, we have now added Movies on Demand to all of our cabins free of charge (Ireland – France only) so while you and your family are spending time in the comfort and security of your cabin you will be able to avail of a number of family friendly latest release movies including, Toy Story 4, Frozen2, Avengers: Endgame plus many more…
And we’ve removed all newspapers, single use paper menus and other unnecessary single use items.
We are constantly reviewing our service offering, to deliver the best facility within the guidelines we are operating too.
Cleaning & Sanitisation
Our cleaning procedures are constantly being reviewed and improved to follow all published advice and guidance from the public health authorities in Ireland, Britain and France. The frequency of onboard cleaning routines has been intensified, with special attention being paid to common touchpoints in all public areas. Notices and posters offering hygiene advice are displayed prominently around passenger and crew areas and hand sanitiser dispensers are widely available too. Regular touchpoint cleaning will happen during your crossing and we have enhanced deep cleaning routines after each crossing and in cabins, after use.
Please wash your hands or use available sanitiser when boarding or moving around the ship. Regular usage will help protect everyone. We recommend using face coverings too in public areas and when travelling to France.
Wearing of Face Masks / Face Covering
We now advise that you should have a face mask / face covering with you when travelling and to wear one when moving around our public spaces on board.
FRANCE: When travelling to France, wearing a face covering is now mandatory. French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when onboard in French waters and in the port area at Cherbourg. This does not have to be a medical mask, and passengers under 11 years are exempt.