Irish Ferries launched their inaugural Dover to Calais service, the Isle of Inishmore, on Tuesday 29 June.

This new route bolsters the choice of ferries available across the English Channel, providing even more choice for those wanting to visit the Continent as travel restrictions begin to ease.

This also means that Irish Ferries are expanding their network, adding to the long-standing routes that their ferries already served between Ireland and the UK mainland, as well as Ireland and France, with this new connection from the UK to France.

The crossing between Dover and Calais takes just 90 minutes, with prices starting from £69 for a car and driver, plus a £130 supplement for caravans under 8m in length. There will be up to 10 crossings per day on the newly refurbished Isle of Inishmore.

The ship boasts a choice of comfortable places to grab a bite to eat and a drink, with both Café Lafayette and Boylan’s Brasserie serving customers during the crossing. You can also stock up in the Duty Free shop.

For those wanting to take in the views as they cross the Channel, there is an indoor promenade, as well as outdoor decks where passengers can enjoy the fresh sea air. Plus, there’s an upgraded Club Class Lounge where you can sit back and relax, with free Wifi, 360-degree views and a soft play area to keep the little ones entertained.

In the current travel climate, it will bring peace of mind to know that there are opportunities for changing your bookings at the last minute with the Flexibility Option. Irish Ferries’ also have a ‘Travel Safe’ programme, which ensures plenty of space for maintaining social distancing on board, as well as the security of checking in from the safety of your own vehicle.

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