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Thousands Of Irish People's Summer Holidays In Jeopardy Following Cancellation Of Services From Irish Ferries

By Darragh Berry

April 23, 2018 at 11:45am


Around 10,000 holidaymakers are now in panic mode after Irish Ferries announced that they have to cancel some of their sailing plans in the summer as the new vessel they were relying on using has been delayed. 

The new ship which is coming from Germany, will not be around for the proposed sailings in July. 

The vessel known as the WB Yeats, will not be ready to take passengers and vehicles on board between July 12 and July 29 and anyone who had booked sailings for those dates have now been cancelled by Irish Ferries. 

One holiday goer who had booked a holiday to France through the company says he is now "unsettled" as he does not know what is going to happen.

He told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that: 

"I booked well in advance because I have some mobility issues and I always like to book a certain cabin. I booked my sailing before Christmas and the whole holiday was put into disarray on Friday evening when I received an email to say my sailing had been cancelled but I would try to be facilitated on another sailing on another boat.

"It left me very unsettled not knowing, having paid a deposit for the holiday home, not knowing if we're going to get on holidays or not. To email late on a Friday evening with very few staff available on the Saturday morning to deal with phonecalls was abysmal... I was on the phone for hours.

"Irish Ferries were able to give me a sailing from Rosslare instead of Dublin 24 hours later so we're missing one night of our holiday. They gave us a cabin that suits my mobility needs and they assured me that the new ship will be ready for when I return later in August."

The company are hoping to accommodate passengers affected with sailings from Rosslare on the Oscar Wilde, as was the case with the interview on Morning Ireland. 

However, if spaces are not available, then Irish Ferries will offer a full refund. 

If you are due to travel with Irish Ferries during these dates, it's probably a good idea to check your emails or get in touch with the company. 

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