Ulysses is the largest car ferry in the World and can carry 1342 cars and 2000 passengers. She is wonderfully equipped and onboard you will find a myriad of facilities including restaurants, cinemas, TV lounges, video and electronic games, children's play area, two large lounge bars, a shop and a club class lounge.
There’s a range of cabins on offer; all are air conditioned, en-suite and above the water line with a choice of inside and outside.
For passengers requiring a restaurant menu Boylan’s Brasserie serves a selection of hot food. A wide variety of dishes awaits – great value and super taste! There’s also a wide range of sandwiches, rolls, baps and light refreshments at Café Lafayette. If you fancy a traditional Irish Pub then try Leopold Blooms Bar. Sit down in a comfortable environment and relax with friends over a drink and your choice of snack from a wide selection.
The shop offers passengers the chance to buy gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. You can pick up some great deals in fragrances, fashion and electrical goods.
For true luxury and comfort you can upgrade to the Club Class lounge which boasts magnificent sea views and a host of super benefits. Catch the latest movie releases in the 2 screen cinema (all the films change regularly). Cyclops Family Entertainment Centre offers the latest video and electronic games. Take a refreshing stroll on the Sandycove Promenade deck or relax on reclining seats, watch television or read a book in the James Joyce Balcony Lounge.
The ship is child friendly and features a children’s play area.
The ship is wheelchair friendly with specially designed cabins available.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Ulysses guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
97% of our customers recommended this ship
"What a good service"
I was impressed with how well Irish Ferries managed the logistics of getting so many people comfortably on and off the ship. Not always my experience. Excellent communication throughout. Pretty good ship too, comfortable, well fitted, and plenty of choice of activity for the trip.
Reviewed 02 October 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
We arrived early at holyhead and decided to change to the earlier (and faster) service, nice clean ferry with good facilities and boarded on time and left on time, was very windy but no problems with the crossing, our first time taking our own car and will definitely use again
Reviewed 02 October 2016 by Barry who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Bike tour of Southern Ireland"
Very good service that ran on time, on the way back we received a text from Irish Ferries and a call From Direct Ferris to tell us that we needed to change from the high speed ferry due to bad weather conditions. Very simple process that worked well and would happily use this service again from Holyhead.
Reviewed 16 September 2016 by Paul who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Short but amazing"
Very good staff helpful and friendly club class worth doing all very good
Reviewed 09 September 2016 by David who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
Yet again the ferry left on time and arrived on time :) The operation was flawless, plenty of space onboard and the time seemed to go pretty quickly. Food onboard was decent and the staff were all pleasant. Good price too.
Reviewed 06 September 2016 by Marcus who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
We stayed in a double cabin which I have to say was like a hotel. Myself and my partner stayed with our 2 young children and we were all asleep within roughly 20mins because the beds were so comfy. Our journey was delayed by an hour and a half which I was glad for because I had a lie in but it would of been great if the captain would of updated us on the fact that they had to turn around due to an emergency and we were running late. He did however mention it eventually when we were running already an hour late. We still enjoyed our journey though! 😊👍🏽
Reviewed 04 September 2016 by Shaunel who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Holyhead to Dublin with Irish Ferries"
This was not my first Irish Ferries ship. A couple of years ago I travelled from Fishguard to Rosslare and was very impressed with the ship. This time my first impressions from the Rosslare ship were again confirmed. Irish Ferries are clean, pleasant, offer all one could wish for in the way of on board services and despite that have competitive prices. The staff are helpful and friendly - what more could you ask?
Reviewed 31 August 2016 by J. Michael who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Family trip to Ireland"
All the arrangements went to plan, staffing were very helpful and friendly great experience
Reviewed 28 August 2016 by Adrian who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
I took the car, a small child and a new baby on the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and return. I arrived at the port, the queue moved quickly, I didnt have to wait long and before we knew it we were sitting comfortably watching Kung Fu Panda with a nice cup of coffee (me!), and offers of help from friendly and considerate staff at every turn. When I got to Irlenad my sister said she just didnt understand how I did managed the journey alone-the answer is simple-thanks to the efficency and fantastic staff of the ferry company! Thank you for a very enjoyable trip.
Reviewed 26 August 2016 by Mairead who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
This was the second time we have travelled on Irish Ferries. This time we travelled on Ulysses which is a well equipped and comfortable vessel . Vehicle loading was easy and trouble free, we enjoyed a costa coffee and meal on board. There was plenty to do on board for individuals and families. We arrived in Ireland relaxed having battled our way to Holyhead on UK roads.
Reviewed 22 August 2016 by Shaun W who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Efficient and comfortable service with priority boarding"
We chose the upgrade to priority boarding because being August I thought it was likely to be a busy time of year and I wanted to make sure we had comfortable seats. As it happens, the ship did not feel crowded. However the upgrade was worth it. We were one of the first cars on and off and the special lounge was very comfortable. It had a great view through massive windows in the bows of the ship. Free food and drink was available throughout including wine and smoked salmon which was all very tasty and fresh. Due to scheduling, we had to return on the other ferry line which was nowhere near as good.
Reviewed 16 August 2016 by John who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Better than I expected"
I could not find any fault with my experience. Everything went smoothly.
Reviewed 31 July 2016 by Joekarl who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Good logistics, hardworking crew, comfortable crossing"
Loved the Captain's cabin on the outward bound journey from HH to Dublin on Ulysses. Just perfect. The Dublin Swift did it what it's name says: swiftly bring us back to Holyhead. The crew were hardworking and professional. Thank you. TvK
Reviewed 31 July 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
Out going ferry dissatisfied but return ferry 5 star will be booking through these again
Reviewed 24 July 2016 by Leon who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
Great service. I had a passenger with me with reduced mobility and on both journey legs I was 1st on the boat and parked right beside the lifts where there was also staff to support getting to the desks, etc. Could not really ask for more.
Reviewed 18 July 2016 by Alan who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Dublin to Holyhead"
Excellent experience on a clean, well organized boat. The staff were very helpful and pleasant, totally recommend club class
Reviewed 18 July 2016 by Joe who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Good quick service"
Nice quick service, was in club class and having the football on was very nice, food was good and the waitress service is a nice touch
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Tom who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Great value for money"
Very enjoyable boat journey.
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"Trouble Free Crossing"
Recent return trip Holyhead to Dublin on Irish Ferries' Ulysses was a smooth, safe and pleasant one. Every day went to plan thanks to the wonderful people crew. Will use again for sure.
Reviewed 03 July 2016 by Esther who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses
"To Dublin by the Ulysses"
Our first trip on Irish Ferries and we were impressed by the efficient organisation from the arrival to the departure. Excellent service in the Club Class and would recommend this simple addition to other travellers
Reviewed 30 June 2016 by Ronald who travelled with Irish Ferries on Ulysses