The Stena Europe is owned and operated by Stena Line. Built originally in 1981, she crosses the Irish Sea, twice per day, connecting Fishguard, South Wales to Rosslare, Ireland. The voyage itself was calm and smooth, sadly, so there is very little to report.
Embarkation at Fishguard was about 45 minutes before sailing time. Foot passengers join via the walkway. Disembarkation at Rosslare was very quick, again via a walkway.
Interestingly, the Stena Europe left her berth at Rosslare some twenty minutes early, but arrived on time at Fishguard.
The 2115 sailing from Rosslare to Fishguard features hot meals at just £4.99. I opted for the “stew with a Swedish twist”. This is a fairly new addition to the Stena menu, so I gratefully tasted a sample before purchasing.
Looking as calm and collected as ever, the Stena Europe is approaching Fishguard.
The Stena Europe has the appearance of “an old liner” rather than a ferry.
Making her way to the harbour mouth.
Here she is, slipping into the harbour.
The Stena Europe makes her way through the harbour (long distance shot)
Almost alongisde…(long distance shot)
…just a little further.
Alongside, unloading her passengers and traffic.
The Stena Europe seems to have endless deck space – like many a cruise ship!
This crane raises and lowers the foot passenger walkway
Even a place to have your picnic!
The engines power up.
Slipping away from Fishguard
This Old Lady of the Seas features a partial outdoor bridge!
Bye bye Fishguard!
More deck space!
Not quite sure what these two would have to say about our floating Super Hero!
The bright red funnel.
The Oscar Wilde, ready to depart Rosslare with the 1800 service to Cherbourg.
The vehicle ramps are lowered
The Isle of Inishmore arrives at Rosslare from Pembroke Dock
The Isle of Inishmore and her pal, the Stena Europe
Stena Europe – her name in lights!
Futuristic looking funnel on this near 35 year old ship
The Isle of Inishmore is ready to depart Rosslare, taking charge of the 2045 service to Pembroke
Twinkling like magic!
The Isle of Inishmore leaves port
Moon-watching – the Supermoon as seen from the Stena Europe
Stena Europe – special offer day trip
This day return was booked through the Stena Line website and cost just £10.50 (only £5.50 on Tuesdays!) and included a £5 voucher to spend in the Stena Shop with a transaction of over £20.