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The Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry company provides regular sailing between the Isle of Man and Ireland and the UK. Use the search facility below to find great Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry company fares.
The Isle of Man is a unique, self-governing kingdom positioned in the Irish Sea. It reveals a majestic, magical coastline when approached by an Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferry. Holiday travellers may choose a short break or a longer stay which can be as relaxing or as active as they choose. The ferry affords all options: a walking tour, driving around the island, or using a motorbike or bicycle to set each individual’s itinerary.
Freight, passengers and vehicles are transported from Port Douglas on the Isle of Man and four ports in England, Northern and Southern Ireland by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Their two ships: Manannan and Ben-my-Chree are a conventional vessel and a fast craft providing modern, high quality onboard service. These ferries operate year ‘round between the Isle of Man and Heysham, Republic of Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England. The Isle of Man Steam Packet ferries make fast, convenient crossings available and offer a wide range of fares to the traveller.
Timetables are available online as well as ferry bookings for tickets at discounted prices. Departure and arrival times change according to the destination and day of the week. Sailing information is updated regularly.
During peak travel periods or for travellers desiring the peace of mind a reserved seat brings, Isle of Man Steam Packet ferries have the Niarbyl Reserved Lounge. Further upgrades may be purchased with seating in the Premium Lounge for a higher level of convenience, comfort and service. The Premium Lounge seating includes service from a dedicated staff member, complimentary hot and cold beverages, a selection of magazines and newspapers, complimentary snacks, blankets and pillows on request, and access to laptop and mobile phone charging points.
Cabins afford the traveller with complete privacy or time for a little sleep before reaching shore. The Ben-my-Chree has four-berth en suite cabins with television and facilities for making tea or coffee. In-cabin meal service can also be provided. For those who want a little extra pampering, Premium Cabins are available. These offer superior seating and can be converted into four berths if desired. A selection of DVDs and a DVD player are provided along with a fridge filled with cold drinks and snacks. Magazines and newspapers are also included.
The Isle of Man is a great place for adrenalin junkies to go coasteering. Experienced individuals can be kitted out with wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets. Then they’ll be led by an excellent instructor along routes that hug the rocky coastline. When rocks become too big an obstacle, they swim around them instead. It is a truly unforgettable aqua-trek. Kayaking into the secret places accessible only by these small craft brings spectacular sea cliffs into sight and allows close contact with seals, porpoises and other wildlife. Watch carefully for Basking Sharks feeding near the island.
One of the biggest rallies in the British Isles is the Rally Isle of Man. In 2011 it is being moved from summer to an autumn highlight, running from 27-29th October. This will be the 48th edition of this classic race. It will once again become the final and deciding race of both of the UK’s leading championships: the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship and the Dunlop/Wonago.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship.
Nature lovers find a wide variety of resident and migrant bird species. Seals bask on the rocks surrounding the island. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferries take travellers to all these fantastic activities and one of the longest narrow gauge steam rail lines in Britain, The Isle of Man Steam Railroad, dating from 1874.