Holyhead to Dublin Ferryport (Club Class) aboard M/V Ulysses
An Irish Aviation Enthusiasts day out
In this adventure
- Cheap flights? Not at £95 one way…
- Birmingham to Holyhead with West Midlands Trains and Transport for Wales
- Irish Ferries Holyhead to Dublin Ferryport (Club Class)
- Morning Adventures in Dublin
- Irish Aviation Enthusiasts Day hosted by Dublin Airport
- Back to being a passenger in T2/T1
- Aer Lingus Regional EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham
- 25 hours and 36 minutes later
- Embracing the Community
Port of Holyhead to Port of Dublin.
M/V Ulysses, Irish Ferries
Before we go on, I need to get this out of my system before I go much further. Those of a certain again will know why.
Those of you who are not of a certain age, Ulysses 31 tells the story of Ulysses who angered the gods of Olympus and has to find the Kingdom of Hades to find the path back to Earth. Consider this a greek education with Sci-Fi elements and you’re 90% there.)
I headed upstairs, past the very full looking truck and car decks – until I reached the main decks – which has plenty of passenger accommodation, a shop, restaurant and so on.
I headed upstairs to the upper deck and got a funnel shot – in my effort to find the Club lounge.
I headed back down, crossed the main deck past the reception area and onwards to the club deck.
It was an easy way to get 9 flights of stairs in that day.
I headed into the Club deck. Where the main deck was full of noise, this just had silence in this.
In terms of amenities, there’s a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot (free at the point of use), dedicated free soft drinks and wine, and light snacks.
This board explains it all.
I grabbed a few snacks and a drink and found a padded bench that wasn’t occupied.
Perfect for a snooze.
With the ferry leaving port, I check the on-board Wi-Fi – which was sluggish. But at least it was free (not just at this point, but on the entire ferry).
With that done, I covered my eyes with my coat… and drifted off to sleep.
And I must have slept well – as I woke up with the announcement we were approaching Dublin.
At least a good 2 and a half hours snooze. Better than nothing… and considering the day ahead, every minute would be welcomed.
Another round of snacks and a big wake-up coffee…and I was ready to go with the ferry fast closing in on the port of Dublin
I headed downstairs to the reception area – the main disembarkation point for foot passengers whilst car and truck drivers had long since gone to their cars to leave.
In no surprise, they were having difficulty lining up the link the ground and ferry. Eventually, it was made – and the foot passengers and I left.
I headed off the ferry and headed off into the Port of Dublin
Overall: Irish Ferries and M/V Ulysses did more than an acceptable job of taking me across the Irish sea in the dead of the night. Whilst a cheap rail and sailing ticket was good value, I can’t overestimate the extra value paying £16 for the Club Deck gave me – not for food and drink – rather for a quiet place to sleep for a couple of hours between.
And that was worth its weight in gold. As well as rest.
Next: Exploring bits of Dublin in the Early Morning.
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