Travelling By 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.
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 UlyssesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Stephen Fry Talking About Ulysses
© 2011 Thelma Alberts