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Travelling By The Ulysses

Updated on March 28, 2018
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Thelma Alberts is a natural born Filipina who lives in her adopted country Germany for more than 3 decades. She loves traveling in Europe.

Inside The Ulysses Ferry
Inside The Ulysses Ferry | Source

The Ulysses

Have you ever travelled with the largest car passenger ferry in the world? The Ulysses?

The Ulysses was launched in 2001 at Aker Finnyards shipyard in Rauma, Finland and is operated and owned by the Irish Ferries. It travels on the Irish Sea between Dublin, Ireland and Holyhead, England with it´s sailing time up to approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. It has 12 decks for passengers used and it has sitting possibility up to 2,000 passengers and crews, 117 twins or single cabins can accommodate for up to 228 persons. The car storages are arranged in four decks. Over 1,340 different cars and 240 trucks and trailers can be transported in this ferry. It is well secured and guarded by the loading instructors.

The Ulysses got his name from James Joyce masterpiece novel the "Ulysses". James Joyce was a popular Irish writer. The interior design of this ferry is also based on his novel.

Ulysses in Dublin Port
Ulysses in Dublin Port | Source

Inside Ulysses

The first time I have travelled with the Ulysses, I was so impressed and speechless at the same time. It was the best ferry I ever had since travelling to Ireland.

After we were controlled from the Irish Officer for our identity cards, we drove to the long queue waiting for the signal to drive inside the ferry. Then we followed the signal of the officer to drive inside and always looking what the officer showed us to do and parked in the car deck with the instruction coming from him. We went out of our car with our hand luggage and went upstairs to where we could see the panoramic view of Anglesey. We were going at that time from Holyhead to Dublin. The view was very awesome for me.

When the ferry was starting to sail, we went inside to look for a place to sit. O My! The entrance was already remarkable for me seeing that the furniture is very classy. There is a James Joyce artistic carving on the wall in the reception area. I was strolling around inspecting the beautiful place and found a lot of things to see. There are Galleria Shop, Brasserie, Blooms Bar, Cinemas, Club Class Lounge, Game Room and many others.

You can buy almost everything in the Galleria Shop like Perfumes from Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Accessories, clothes like T-Shirt, bags, wine, chocolates and all Irish souvenirs.

In the Club Class, you can buy your sandwiches and any kind of food you want and something to drink. In front of the Club Class, there are seating possibilities to enjoy your meal and it has a beige color.The leather furniture of the lounge is in blue colors with doted white on the carpet. The small tables are round. There are red couches or sofas to sit, you can even lay down in case you are so tired.There is a small stage as well when somebody performs something for the passengers to enjoy.

You can buy your meals and drinks in the Brasserie. The Brasserie is in light red color with doted white on the red carpet. The furniture is in golden color but the leather sofas are in bordeaux red. There are lovely pictures hanging on the wall.

Blooms Bar is where you can have your alcoholic drinks like Guinness and Whiskey. Of course you can order non alcoholic drinks in this bar. This bar is named after the protagonist of James Joyce Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. The bar furniture is into blue and Turkish color with the chairs in Indian yellow color.

Inside the ferry are I think two cinemas and they showed the newest film in the country. There are also computer games one can play. The small childrenhave their own room to play.

Inside the Ulysses

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James Joyce Carving inside the UlyssesUlysses Reception
James Joyce Carving inside the Ulysses
James Joyce Carving inside the Ulysses | Source
Ulysses Reception
Ulysses Reception | Source

Last travel with the Ulysses

I have travelled with the Ulysses for more than five times. Every time I was on the Ulysses I was happy to have the opportunity to experience the smoothness of traveling by the largest car ferry in the world. I don´t know if it is still the largest but it is still the largest for me so far.

The last time I was inside this ferry, was last year from Dublin Port to Holyhead. I was so sad for I have to leave the country I came to love. I know that it might be the last, so I took a lot of pictures. I could put the pictures with me on this Hub but I don´t do it because it showed sadness on it.

My Sources:


Irish Ferries-Ulysses

Dublin Port, Ireland
Dublin Port, Ireland | Source


Stephen Fry Talking About Ulysses


Dublin, Ireland:
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Irland

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Holyhead, Wales:
Holyhead, Anglesey, Vereinigtes Königreich

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      Hi sofiagray. Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is an awesome ferry to travel. It was indeed named after James Joyce book. Happy New Year 2018!

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      3 years ago

      I am last travel with Ulysses, It was very Awesome for me. Ulysses is the meaning of the Art/Entertaining and Places. I am travelling with Ulysses once it was largest car ferry. Ulysses is named based on the james joyce irish writer. He is announced by the Novel prize.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      That´s good. So you have seen the beauty of Holyhead, South Wales. I have travelled with Stena Lines many times before in going to England and there I met a lot of our Filipino seafarers working in the ship. Maybe one day you`ll be able to see and travel with the Ulysses. Thanks for stopping by travel man1971.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I've been to Holyhead, South Wales (in 2009 as a seafarer) and I've seen those ferries from Steina Lines but I hope to see such grandeur of Ulysses, too.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany

      Happy New Year 2012 Alexander!!! This is my first comment this year. Yes, it is an amazing experience to travel with a ferry as you will meet a lot of people of different nationality. It is very interesting indeed. Thanks for your stopping by. Have a great year.

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      Alexander Brenner 

      9 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      I went on a similar ferry between Dublin and Liverpool. With a casino, two bars, a movie theater, arcade, restaurant I can tell you I was dumfounded. Little did I know it would have been ten times faster and surprisingly cheaper to fly on Ryan Air.

      Still, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and I met some of the most interesting people from all around Europe. My one grievance? The bar closed at 11 pm, an hour into the journey back to Dublin. Next time I'll bring a few Guiness of my own

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      10 years ago from Germany

      Hi Gina! Thanks for visiting and for your comment. Yes, you can travel with the Ulysses someday. Follow your dreams.

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      10 years ago

      Wow! nice presentation! keep it up! I wish to visit there someday or even in my dream.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      10 years ago from Germany

      Thank you mdlawyer for reading and giving a great comment. I love your comment. It gives me more motivation in writing. Thanks again.

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      10 years ago

      Thelma, very beautiful presentation of THE ULYSSES. It reminds me of the great Ulysses immortalized by Lord Tennyson. VOTED UP, RATED BEAUTIFUL!!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      10 years ago from Germany

      Thank you BkCreative. It is really a grand way of travelling between Holyhead, England and Dublin,Ireland. It takes only 3 hours and 15 minutes until Dublin Port. When you go with your cousins car you still can relax before arriving in Dublin and explore the city. Thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know, when I travel I like the journey there to be just as grand as the destination. I would love to do this. I'm in New York City but have cousins in England, and often go over - even took RyanAir to Dublin - but wouldn't this be a great way to travel between the countries. Rarely is an airplane journey as fabulous as this. I must share it with my cousins who love every kind of ship and this big ferry is a winner.

      Rated up! and Wow!


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