Celtic Link Ferries to launch new ship with Wexford Chamber

Celtic Link Ferries is proud to announce that it will expand its fleet with a sister vessel to the line’s popular Normandy Voyager. To celebrate this latest addition to their fleet the ferry company will host a special launch event on Monday, 24th October in Rosslare Europort in association with Wexford Chamber of Commerce.

The 840-passenger ship named Celtic Horizon represents an important investment to the fleet with capacity for 200 cars and 120 freight pieces. As the only vessel sailing between Ireland and France all year round passengers aboard the new ship can enjoy more bars, restaurants, play areas and 130 cabins ensuring a comfortable and pleasant journey.

“We are delighted to welcome Celtic Horizon to our fleet,” said Rory McCall, the company’s Marketing Manager. “The Celtic Horizon vessel will deliver more comfort and choice to people wishing to travel to France. We operate more direct sailings than any other company in Ireland and we will be the only ferry company offering crossings to France in January 2012.”

Commenting on the launch Chamber Chief Executive Madeleine Quirke said, “Rosslare is an important hub for passenger and freight services operating on the southern Irish Sea and Continental routes. Rosslare Europort is a major piece of national infrastructure in terms of tourism and freight and it plays a significant role in Wexford’s local economy. Recent studies have indicated that the port has a direct impact of €6.6 million on the economy with indirect impacts of €3.8 million and induced impacts of €1.8 million, bringing the total overall economic contribution to €12.2 million. I’m delighted to officiate at this launch and wish Celtic Link Ferries continued success.”

The Irish owned low fares Ferry Company established in 2005 employs 11 people and in 2010 transported over 60,000 passengers between Ireland and France and over 50,000 vehicles between tourist and freight business. Currently the Ferry Company operates three weekly crossings between Rosslare and Cherbourg, and recently introduced Wine Trips for those looking to stock up on French wine for Christmas.

To attend the launch event on Monday, 24th October please call Wexford Chamber on 053 9122226 or email sales@wexfordchamber.ie Guests will be treated to great food, music, entertainment and guided tours of the ship.