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Stena Line Temporary Fleet Adjustments to Cairnryan and Cherbourg routes

Stena Line’s three ship service on the route between Belfast and Cairnryan looks set to continue for another week.  

The company’s timetables reveal that the STENA NORDICA will continue to operate on the Belfast – Cairnryan route until 19 April inclusive.  As well as serving the needs of freight customers, a look at the passenger booking engine reveals many sailings over the Easter period fully booked.  The ‘Nordica became the third Belfast – Cairnryan ferry on 22 March in response to P&O Ferries suspension of its Larne – Cairnryan route.

STENA NORDICA leaving Dublin Port, heading to sea to rude out Storm Dudley, Wednesday 16th February 2022. Copyright David Faerder.
STENA NORDICA leaving Dublin Port, heading to sea to rude out Storm Dudley, Wednesday 16th February 2022. Copyright David Faerder.

With P&O Ferries resuming their Larne – Cairnryan route today, albeit in limited form for now, it would seem unlikely the STENA NORDICA timetable will be extended further.

P&O Ferries EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY arrives at Larne from Cairnryan on the afternoon of 9 April 2022. This was the first commercial arrival of the ship from the Scottish port in three weeks. Image: © Gary Andrews.
P&O Ferries EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY arrives at Larne from Cairnryan on the afternoon of 9 April 2022. This was the first commercial arrival of the ship from the Scottish port in three weeks. Image: © Gary Andrews.

Cherbourg Route to be temporarily suspended for passengers 

Meanwhile, the STENA HORIZON has been delayed at drydock at Harland and Wolff Belfast.  She is now not due to return to service until the Rosslare – Cherbourg sailing on 19 April. Presently STENA ESTRID is covering the schedule in her absence.

Strong Easter traffic means that Stena Line will move the STENA ESTRID back to her regular Holyhead – Dublin route from the evening of 11 April.   This will allow STENA EUROPE to return to her suspended Fishguard – Rosslare route from 12 April.

STENA ESTRID departing Dublin for Holyhead. Copyright © Voyager ShipSpotting.
STENA ESTRID departing Dublin for Holyhead. Copyright © Voyager ShipSpotting.

The STENA HORIZON’s sailings on Rosslare – Cherbourg are cancelled 12 – 17 April inclusive. The freight-only ferry SEATRUCK PANORAMA will operate on the French route as per normal schedule. As a consequence, there will be no passenger sailings and limited accompanied freight capacity on the Cherbourg route between these dates.

Meanwhile, once she completes her post P&O Ferries charter drydocking at Harland & Wolff, STENA FORECASTER is soon expected to cover the drydock of the STENA FORETELLER on the Belfast – Birkenhead route.   

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