Irish Ferries Dublin Swift ferry review and ship guide (2022)

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Dublin Swift Reviews

4.3

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97% of our customers recommended this ship

  • General:4.3
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  • Punctuality:4.5
  • Cleanliness:4.4
  • "Trip to Dublin August 2022"

    Very smooth crossing. Boarding/disembarkation was very quick. Staff were courteous and competant. Food and data services are pricey

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  • "Punctual service"

    Great service! That is the way to travel. Helpful staff, great facilities. Thank you!

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  • "Great service "

    A couple of very friendly and super helpful staff and a speedy and comfortable journey. I will choose this option in the future. Thank you!

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  • "Fabulous voyage, very efficient."

    I was incredibly impressed by the efficiency of the staff on the Dublin Swift especially the boarding staff with the incredibly quick turn around. The only grumble would be there was no Smirnoff Vodka in the duty free offer.

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  • "Irish Ferries"

    Sailing punctual and well organized. Staff very helpful.

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  • "Enjoyable journey "

    The staff on the docks and on board The Dublin Swift were very helpful and approachable. The sailing was smooth and enjoyable. The ferry was on time and comfortable. I would definitely recommend travelling like this.

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  • "Impossible to change return trip"

    We wanted to upgrade to the club lounge on the return journey. I emailed direct ferries who were very quick to respond but could not help as we had already sailed on the outward journey. Irish ferries was uncontactable. Phone just rang and rang umtil disconnected and emails were unanswered. I also could not set up any account with them to amend booking online. No real problem as we only wanted to add the club lounge however had we need to change anything important I would have been tearing my hair out.

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  • "return trip holyhead to dublin"

    all very efficient and smooth, with very pleasant and helpful staff; my only quibble is I can't understand why we have to leave our small dog in the car or in the cages -both very scary options for them

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  • "Ireland trip"

    Great experience, good food , only minor downside is when parked in line waiting to board vessel , communication could be better to go back to your vehicle if nipped to loo or use waiting facilities at Dublin port. Could barely hear that it was boarding time over loud speaker!

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  • "Irish Ferries"

    Good trip generally. Small delay leaving. Left coat on boat going over and difficult to contact lost property number … no one answered despite several calls and long wait on line. However went to office in Dublin and staff efficient and had coat registered and returned it

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  • "Irish Ferries seift"

    Good vessel and fast. I had a dog with me. The kennels were not great as they were directly on the car deck. Very few passengers turned their alarms off. I would suggest the ferry company make more of an effort to remind people to do this.

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  • "Enjoyable journey "

    Very enjoyable experience. Stress free. Would never fly again after using ferry. Definitely recommend

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  • "Ripoff"

    The Ferry trip itself was fine, however, the £125 extra charge for changing the car we boarded in is an absolute ripoff. If we don't get a refund we will never reuse

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  • "Brilliant service"

    Great crossing, competent staff

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  • "As smooth as silk"

    Flawless journey from check in to arrival the other side. The club lounge facilities are worth the extra price as coffee and complementary buffet are top notch. Can’t thank thé friendly staff enough for a great overall experience.

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  • "Review 2"

    Good punctual service. Far easier/more convenient to park than the older standard ferry service

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  • "Great way to travel to Ireland "

    Had a wonderful cruise on the Swift. Did club seats but definitely would have been comfortable anywhere on the ship. Good food and drink options included in Club seating.

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  • "Beautiful"

    Pleasent trip,

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  • "Staff need to be more customer focused "

    It was a nice sail over to Ireland , the staff in the shop were not very helpful , and the man serving the beers could not understand what I was saying , so I think maybe the staff need to be made aware of their attitude especially the 2 men serving in the shop .

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  • "Ferry travel"

    Very comfortable travel, very organised staff, great punctuality. Lovely cooked breakfast and plenty of seating.

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FAQs

How long does the Dublin Swift take? ›

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Asides the conventional cruiseferry Ulysses and ropax Epsilon, each taking 3 hours 15 minutes to complete, the Dublin Swift's passage time is just 1 hours 49 minutes.

Is the ferry crossing to Ireland rough? ›

Not rough at all if you take one of the Ships, The fast Cats can be a bit bumpy but nothing too bad (or they don't sail).

Is Dublin Swift a catamaran? ›

Dublin Swift is a high-speed catamaran built in 2001 by Austal as a passenger and vehicle catamaran ferry. After conversion to a Maritime Prepositioning ship the vessel was chartered by the United States Navy's Military Sealift Command until January 2018 as WestPac Express.

How fast is the Dublin Swift? ›

This new addition to the Irish Ferries fleet - which is now the largest fast ferry crossing the Irish Sea - will operate at a cruising speed of 35 knots to the same frequency of twice daily return sailings as the vessel it is replacing.

How long does the swift take from Dublin to Holyhead? ›

Travel by ferry to Dublin and Holyhead and get away the easy way to Ireland and Wales. Enjoy the best travel experience on the Irish Sea onboard the Stena Adventurer or Stena Estrid Superferries travelling 8 times daily between Dublin and Holyhead in only 3 hours 15 minutes.

Which is the quickest ferry crossing to Ireland? ›

What is the quickest ferry to Ireland? Fishguard to Rosslare is the quickest ferry crossing to Ireland from Great Britain.

Why is the Irish Sea so choppy? ›

Because the North Sea is shallow, with an average depth of less than 328 feet, its waters can get choppy -- a result of tidal patterns and storms. While all this churning brings up nutrients to the surface that help its marine life thrive, it's not ideal for cruising outside of the summer months.

Is Holyhead worth visiting? ›

Holyhead is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination. You can definitely plan a few hours of a side trip here while traveling to Dublin or Liverpool.

How long does it take to get from Holyhead to Dublin? ›

Travel by ferry to Dublin and Holyhead and get away the easy way to Ireland and Wales. Enjoy the best travel experience on the Irish Sea onboard the Stena Adventurer or Stena Estrid Superferries travelling 8 times daily between Dublin and Holyhead in only 3 hours 15 minutes.

Which port does Dublin Swift sail to? ›

Dublin Swift | Fast Ferry Holyhead & Dublin | Irish Ferries.

Is Irish Ferries Club Class worth it? ›

Club class was well worth paying for, with complimentary newspapers, drinks, pastries, cheese/crackers and other light snacks. Free Wifi also available. There was a small selection of toys for the boys to play with and room for them to wriggle about, and sleep in their pushchair.

Why is Dublin Swift in Liverpool? ›

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, DUBLIN SWIFT was laid up again at Liverpool following her visit to Belfast. The ship returned to service on August 6, 2021. This was DUBLIN SWIFT's commercial sailing in almost 2 years.

Is there an outside deck on Dublin Swift? ›

The passenger deck space outside seems considerably smaller than on the previous ship, so lounging outside in the sun during the short journey is out. Oh yes, and the free wi-fi had a good signal compared with some other ferry journeys.

What is the fastest ferry in the world? ›

Australian ferry builder Incat Tasmania's world first high speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry is the world's fastest ship having achieved a lightship speed of 58.1 knots – (107.6 kilometres an hour).

What does Club Class mean on Irish Ferries? ›

Benefits include. Priority vehicle boarding. Exclusive lounge bar. Complimentary soft drinks & snacks. Powerpoints.

Is there food on Irish Ferries? ›

Serving freshly made sandwiches, pastries, hot and cold beverages. Vibrant menu offering a wide range of hot and cold freshly made food. Beside Cafe Lafayette, a place where younger kids have a soft play area to keep themselves entertained.

How much to take a car on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead? ›

The average price of a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead is 462 €. The ferry price can vary by season and operator.

How much does it cost to ferry from Dublin to Holyhead? ›

The prices for the ferries from Dublin to Holyhead vary depending on the carrier passengers decide to travel with and the season they wish to depart on. However, the average price for this journey can be found at around 170 USD.

Is the Dublin Swift running? ›

Sailing Update

Irish Ferries regrets to advise that the 07:30 Dublin to Holyhead Swift sailing on 29/09/2022 has now been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. You can be accommodated on our 0805 sailing instead. Please check in at least 30 minutes prior to the sailing departure time.

How long is the ferry ride from Dublin to Liverpool? ›

How long does the ferry from Dublin to Liverpool take? The average journey time by ferry between Dublin to Liverpool is 7 hrs 30 min.

Can I stay in my car on a ferry to Ireland? ›

Can you stay in car on ferry? If you are wondering can you stay in your vehicle on a ferry the answer in most cases is no. Once the vessel starts with crossing, you will not be allowed onto the car parking deck as most of the large car ferries for safety reasons, do not allow passengers to stay in their cars.

Why is the Irish Sea Brown? ›

Here on the Fylde Coast, the prevailing wind usually blows from roughly the south west. It blows the waves straight against the coastline – usually with some force. The turbulence picks up particles of sand and beach material and holds it in suspension in the sea water. That's why it looks so brown most of the time.

How deep is the Irish Sea? ›

How salty is the Irish Sea? ›

5.2 Salinity

The salinity decreases from 34.9 at the southern end of the St. George's Channel to 34.0 in the North Channel. Lowest values, less than 32.5 are found in the north-east, from the Solway Firth to Liverpool Bay, and in the Clyde Sea.

Does Holyhead have a beach? ›

These places are best for beaches in Holyhead: Porthdafarch Beach. Porth Dafarch. Porth Rufydd.

What shops are there in Holyhead? ›

New Look, Peacocks, Brantano (in administration), Pets at Home, Poundland, Wilkinson and KFC. Adjacent to 65,000 sq ft Morrisons and opposite a 44,000 sq ft Tesco. Other nearby occupiers include B&M Bargains, Argos, Poundstretcher, Store Twenty One, Farm Foods, Iceland, Asda, Topps Tiles and McDonald's.

What is Holyhead known for? ›

Holyhead is a beautiful and well-connected town in North Wales. It is most well known for its connections across the water, with it being a major Irish Sea Port, and where the majority of travel to Ireland from Wales originates.

Do you need a passport from Holyhead to Dublin? ›

Irish Ferries recommends all passengers bring a passport with them. Irish and British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel between the two countries, but some form of (photo) identification is however required.

Where do Irish Ferries depart from in Dublin? ›

Dublin Ferryport is situated 2 miles from the centre of Ireland's vibrant capital city, and is positioned at the heart of Ireland's road and rail network. Dublin Port Tunnel is situated within the port complex & provides quick access to the M50 & M1 motorways, the main routes to the North and South of the country.

What terminal is Irish Ferries Dublin? ›

TERMINAL 1 – IRISH FERRIES – 46 min walk (3.7km) TERMINAL 2 – STENA LINE – 39 min walk (3.2km) TERMINAL 3 – P&O FERRIES – 9 min walk (750m)

How many terminals does Dublin Port have? ›

Dublin ferry port is located close to the city centre and sees more than 1.7 million passengers arrive or depart each year. There are three terminals with sailings between Ireland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

How long is the crossing from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire? ›

The best way to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire without a car is to car ferry which takes 3h 34m and costs £50 - £60. How long does it take to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire? It takes approximately 3h 34m to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire, including transfers.

Where is Irish Ferries Swift? ›

The current position of DUBLIN SWIFT is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 53.34634 N / 6.19801 W) reported 6 mins ago by AIS.

What are the cabins like on Irish Ferries? ›

Comfortable external cabin, forward on Deck 9. En-suite and fully air conditioned. Club lounge access - complimentary soft drinks, snacks, WiFi, recharging plugs, panoramic sea views. 2 beds on the lower level and 2 pull down beds, with 1 lower bed convertible to a day sofa..

Is there WiFi on Irish Ferries? ›

Free WiFi Onboard

We are delighted to offer Free 20 minutes of BASIC WiFi in designated public areas onboard. Check your mail, while you sail. Select network 'PREMIUM WiFi'' and then connect and browse the web.

Are there cabins on Irish Ferries? ›

It is possible to book Club Class and cabins for your journey, however this would need to be done directly with us and cannot be booked through your local rail station. To make a booking, please email info@irishferries.com and advise your travel date, sailing time and the grade of accommodation that you require.

What speed do ferries travel at? ›

Approximate Speed: 22 knots (or 25mph)

Long story short, if you're looking to take a ferry trip to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, Hy-Line Cruises can get you there quickly!

How long is ferry ride from Ireland to England? ›

Chill out in the on-board bars and café while we glide through the Irish Sea, with a sailing time of seven hours and thirty minutes on our ferries to England. There are two sailings per day, including one overnight sailing and free accommodation for those taking the night route.

Who are the owners of Irish Ferries? ›

Irish Ferries which is owned by the Irish Continental Group (ICG) has seen its revenue improve, helped by the easing of travel restrictions across the European Union in mid-July. ICG has reported revenue of €279.7m for the year to date to…

Is the Dublin Swift running? ›

Sailing Update

Irish Ferries regrets to advise that the 07:30 Dublin to Holyhead Swift sailing on 29/09/2022 has now been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. You can be accommodated on our 0805 sailing instead. Please check in at least 30 minutes prior to the sailing departure time.

How long is ferry crossing Dublin to Holyhead? ›

Enjoy the best travel experience on the Irish Sea onboard the Stena Adventurer or Stena Estrid Superferries travelling 8 times daily between Dublin and Holyhead in only 3 hours 15 minutes.

How long is the crossing from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire? ›

The best way to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire without a car is to car ferry which takes 3h 34m and costs £50 - £60. How long does it take to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire? It takes approximately 3h 34m to get from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire, including transfers.

Where is the Dublin Swift? ›

The current position of DUBLIN SWIFT is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 53.34629 N / 6.22558 W) reported 2 min ago by AIS.

Is Irish Ferries Club Class worth it? ›

Club class was well worth paying for, with complimentary newspapers, drinks, pastries, cheese/crackers and other light snacks. Free Wifi also available. There was a small selection of toys for the boys to play with and room for them to wriggle about, and sleep in their pushchair.

How many terminals does Dublin Port have? ›

Dublin ferry port is located close to the city centre and sees more than 1.7 million passengers arrive or depart each year. There are three terminals with sailings between Ireland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Why are Irish trains so slow? ›

General inefficiency apart, there is one clear reason why Irish Rail's trains travel so slowly: they are using an infrastructure that is not fit for purpose. Most of the routes, for most of their length, have a single track running in each direction, so any breakdown has a lengthy knock-on effect.

Do you need a passport from Holyhead to Dublin? ›

Irish Ferries recommends all passengers bring a passport with them. Irish and British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel between the two countries, but some form of (photo) identification is however required.

How much is ferry from Dublin to Holyhead? ›

The prices for the ferries from Dublin to Holyhead vary depending on the carrier passengers decide to travel with and the season they wish to depart on. However, the average price for this journey can be found at around 170 USD.

How long is the ferry ride from Dublin to Liverpool? ›

How long does the ferry from Dublin to Liverpool take? The average journey time by ferry between Dublin to Liverpool is 7 hrs 30 min.

When did ferries stop using Dun Laoghaire? ›

Almost 200 years of a Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire passenger ferry service ended in 2014 when Stena consolidated all its services on Dublin Port.

How do you pronounce Dun Laoghaire? ›

How to Pronounce Dún Laoghaire? (CORRECTLY) - YouTube

Can you see Ireland from Wales? ›

Again, the conditions need to be absolutely perfect but it is possible to see Ireland from Wales if you go to the top of the Great Orme in Llandudno. There is a marker at the top which will point you in the direction of Ireland and various other places that are visible from there.

Is there food on Irish Ferries? ›

Serving freshly made sandwiches, pastries, hot and cold beverages. Vibrant menu offering a wide range of hot and cold freshly made food. Beside Cafe Lafayette, a place where younger kids have a soft play area to keep themselves entertained.

What terminal is Irish Ferries Dublin? ›

TERMINAL 1 – IRISH FERRIES – 46 min walk (3.7km) TERMINAL 2 – STENA LINE – 39 min walk (3.2km) TERMINAL 3 – P&O FERRIES – 9 min walk (750m)

Where does Irish Ferries sail from in Dublin? ›

Dublin Ferryport is situated 2 miles from the centre of Ireland's vibrant capital city, and is positioned at the heart of Ireland's road and rail network. Dublin Port Tunnel is situated within the port complex & provides quick access to the M50 & M1 motorways, the main routes to the North and South of the country.

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