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.
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.
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.