The new Ferry Service crossing the Irish Sea between Swansea in Wales and Cork on the South coast of Ireland is preparing for its maiden voyage on March 1st next.
The ship that will be used on the Route is the MV Julia and is currently undergoing dry-dock work in Swansea ahead of its inaugural sailing from Cork back to Swansea.
The revival of the route between the UK and Ireland has become reality following a public campaign by tourism interests in West Cork to get a new service up and running. A Cooperative was formed by West Cork Tourism and investors from all over Counties Cork and Kerry along with some from South Wales contributed enough to see the purchase of a cruise ship for the route become a reality.
The revived Swansea to Cork Route will be an all-year-round service, which will carry passengers, cars, commercial freight, campers/caravans, bikes and pets and will run six nights a week, with additional sailings on the 154m-vessel in the high-season.
The Route is being operated by Fastnet Line, a wholly owned subsidiary of the West Cork Tourism Co-op. The company recently launched a new website and are taking bookings for the 2010 season.