The Superfast vessels, the biggest ships ever to operate on the Scotland - Northern Ireland ferry route, will cater for both passenger and freight ferry traffic. Each ship can carry up to 1,200 passengers, around 660 cars or 110 freight vehicles and will be able to complete the journey between Cairnryan and Belfast in just 2 hours, 15 minutes. The ships will be leased from Tallink - the Baltic Sea shipping group.
The deployment of the new ships this Autumn will coincide with the opening of Stena's new purpose built £80m port facility at Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan, which will replace their current base at Stranraer ferry port.
Before the new ships are deployed on the route, both will be given extensive refits to ensure that they deliver a great experience with new attractive onboard concepts for restaurants and public areas.
Leading ferry ticket aggregator Direct Ferries has launched a new ferry booking system for travel agents allowing them to make reservations and manage bookings across a vast route network on behalf of their customers.