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New ferry service to link Cork with Spain

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 10:08am

Hola to a new ferry service from Cork!

Starting at the end of April, the service will link Cork and Santander, making two return-sailings a week.

Brittany Ferries announced the new route into northern Spain on Tuesday and came as the company celebrated its 40th year in Ireland. The company said that this will be the first time there has ever been a ferry service linking Ireland and Spain.

A new ship will be chartered to serve the route to Spain as well as an additional weekly return-sailing from Cork to Roscoff. The ship will be called 'Connemara' and will be based on the économie model that the company has established on services from the UK to France and Spain.

Brittany Ferries described it as a "no-frills service with a distinctly Spanish theme".

The Port of Cork welcomed the announcement, admitting that it was a service that it had "been trying, as a port, to establish for some time now".

Commercial Manager Captain Michael McCarthy said: “We are delighted that our long term customer, Brittany Ferries, has committed to this new service which will see an increase in tourism and freight. The option for freight carriers to bypass the UK land bridge will be seen as very attractive, as Brexit uncertainty continues. We have no doubt that both exporters and importers will make this a viable service."

Dining options will reflect the regions served, reinforcing the company’s drive to reveal more about its destinations at every stage of the journey. There will also be a small shop and café-bar as well as passenger lounges.

Interior and exterior cabins are spacious with beds for up to four passengers. Four-legged members of the family will also be accommodated thanks to a small allocation of pet-friendly cabins on the ship.

The new service from Brittany Ferries is expected to be on sale by the end of January.

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