Entering service at Rosslare Europort in the early hours of this morning, the Oscar Wilde was seen in Pembroke Dock this afternoon (May 31) for the first time freshly painted in new Irish Ferries livery.

The Oscar Wilde replaces the Blue Star 1 in servicing the Pembroke Port to Ireland route. She was originally called the Star, having been built in 2007 in Finland for Tallink Grupp, but has been renamed Oscar Wilde after a previous Irish Ferries ferry that used to be seen regularly at Pembroke Dock and was sold in 2019.

The Oscar Wilde is now the largest and fastest passenger cruise ferry on the Irish Sea with an impressive capacity of over 2,080 passengers, 134 cabins, and ample space for cars, coaches, and freight vehicles. And with the largest duty-free shopping space for any cruise ferry on the Irish Sea of more than 17,000 square feet, it will be an ideal shopping destination for those travelling between Ireland and Britain.

The ship interiors have a classic, modern feel and boasts Freight Drivers facilities, Club Class lounge, a self-service restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a bar, gaming facilities, pet facilities and family-friendly features such as a children’s play area.

One of the most exciting features of the OSCAR WILDE is its available speed. With a possible top speed of 27.5 knots, it is the fastest cruise ferry with the largest passenger capacity on the Irish Sea. This will enable Irish Ferries to offer tourism passengers and freight an efficient service.

This new ship is a fantastic addition to Irish Ferries service, offering customers the very best in terms of comfort, speed, and amenities.

For more information and bookings, visit the Irish Ferries website.