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Reviewed 04 March 2015 by Terence Nolan
As usual a stress free return crossing as on arrival at Holyhead the gale force winds made the berthing extremely difficult, however the seamanship of the helmsman and the crew became a truly brilliant top class performance. As your records will show my family and I always choose Ulysses as an Ocean going vessel she never fails to sail regardless of the weather.
'Terence Nolan' travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"The best Irish crossing yet!"
Reviewed 04 March 2015 by Rod
I've sailed from Ireland a few times to Scotland and Liverpool, but the Dublin to Holyhead crossing is definitely the best if you're looking to drive around Wales or England. It's only two hours long, and the boarding and exiting procedure that Irish Ferries use is very quick. Finally, I found the direct ferries site very easy to use, and it was this that helped me decide on the Holyhead crossing. Overall, I don't think I'll ever use the Liverpool sailing again - highly recommended!
'Rod' travelled with Irish Ferries on Dublin Swift
"The Only Way To Go"
Reviewed 24 February 2015 by Andrew
I'm a professional commercial and wedding photographer, based in Cambridge. I needed to travel to Dublin for a week to take architectural and interior photographs of the newly fitted-out offices of both Yahoo! and Twitter. I also tagged on a couple or so days to stay with my cousin, in Dun Loaghaire. For what I was doing the equipment I needed to take with me was not particularly extensive, even with essential back-up equipment. My clothes, apart from my walking boots, were minimal. Surely, the 'obvious' travel solution would be Ryanair from Stansted, just 30 minutes down the road from where I live. Unless you're going to Costa Blanca with a tee-shirt and tooth brush, don't even go there, unless you want to open up the logistical nightmare from hell of petty policy enforcement, whilst racking up extra cost on extra cost, or risking the humiliation of re-packing your bags or re-distributing your luggage weight in front of a queue of other passengers...or is that Easyjet? It's bad enough travelling as a photographer, but think of those poor musicians - cellists and double bass players..... For me the solution, at least on this occasion, was absolutely trouble free: hire a car from my local garage; drive up to Holyhead; join my £248 return Irish Ferries crossing. The ferry booking online with Direct Ferries was simple. I ended up with a fast ferry out, slow ferry back. Slow? Well, hardly. A couple of hours longer than the plane, but then when you factor in check-in and transfer times, it's a pretty fair match. The staff on the ferry were very kind, welcoming and friendly. The facilities, just right. The crossing, smooth. My sanity, intact. Clearly, not every journey can be made like this, for all sorts of reasons, and I still have to fly to destinations. However, what I will say is that if you get the chance to incorporate a ferry crossing in a similar fashion as I did, recently, to Dublin, then do it! OK, not all ferry operators are equal, but generally, in my experience, they are clean and hassle free. And, if you have a family travelling with you, then the economics just gets sweeter. Just saying, don't overlook the ferry option. Plane operators do have their place from Ryanair's restrictive cheap and cheerful-ish to BA's 'humane' scheduled, but expensive flights, at more than double the cost of my ferry crossing for a business class seat. Dublin was my first time in Ireland, but I did manage a walk up the Sugarloaf, and a visit and walk around Glendalough. I'm considering going back to Ireland later this year, with my family, to explore what appears to be a quite magical place. My mind is already made up how I will travel there. Any guesses?
'Andrew' travelled with Irish Ferries on Dublin Swift/Epsilon
Reviewed 20 January 2015 by Anonymous
Have not used ferries for years. A pleasant surprise great trip and will do it again soon. Not having to worry about the size of my shampoo the weight of my bags and the fact that I could put my beard trimming scissors in the bag was a big plus.
'Anonymous' travelled with Irish Ferries on Dublin Swift/Isle of Inishmore