Archive for the ‘Cork Swansea Ferry’ Category

Fastnet Line Heineken Cup Competition

Friday, December 10th, 2010 by Fastnet Line

Who scored Munster’s first try in the 2006 Heineken Cup Final?

Was it
(a) John Kelly
(b) Trevor Halstead
(c) Anthony Foley

Email your answer to [email protected]. Please include your contact telephone number. Competition closes Wednesday 16th December at 5pm.

To celebrate the forthcoming special sailing for Munster supporters to the Heineken Cup Pool 3 match, Fastnet Line in association with Heineken Ireland will give two lucky winners the chance to go to the vital game between Ospreys and Munster in Swansea on Saturday 18th December.

The prize consists of a free return trip on the Fastnet Line special rugby sailings leaving Cork at 18.00 on Friday 17th December returning at 23.50 on Saturday 18th December. The prize includes a two berth window cabin both ways and free bus transfers to and from the centre of Swansea. In addition the lucky winners will get two tickets to the Ospreys v Munster Heineken Cup game which kicks off at 15.30 on Saturday 18th December at the Liberty Stadium.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to read more.

Our Heineken Cup Competition Winner is………Majbritt Gleeson! Congratulations, enjoy the match and your crossing with Fastnet Line! Thank you to all those who entered! Check back soon for our next competition………

Fastnet Line is pleased to announce two special sailings for all Munster Rugby fans wishing to travel to Swansea for the Heineken Cup Pool three clash against Neath Swansea Ospreys on Saturday 18th December 2010.A special sailing will leave Cork at 18.00 on Friday 17th December arriving at 08.00 in Swansea. A special coach service will be available for those who wish to have a leisurely breakfast to take them into town from 10.00 and supporters can check in from 19.00 after the game right up until 22.00.

Buses will pick up supporters from Swansea City Centre on the hour at 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00. The ship will sail on Saturday night 18th December at 23.50 arriving back in Cork at 14.00 on Sunday 19th December.

Important – Please note when booking this special price you must go through all the steps in the booking process online as the special reduced fare price will appear on the last screen before you confirm to make payment.

Prices start from €99 return per person but please book early as demand is already proving to be very brisk indeed!

Discounted fares for Co-Op Shareholders

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 by Paul

Co-Op shareholders at opening of on board Tourism Information Office

Co-Op shareholders at opening of on board Tourism Information Office

Invest in the West Cork Tourism Co-Op

Shareholders in the West Cork Tourism Co-Op are the ultimate owners of Fastnet Line. When you invest you can enjoy fantastic benefits depending on your level of investment. For instance Platinum shareholders who invest a total of €15,000 benefit from a 50% discount on fares all year round.

Look at the range of benefits below and if you wish to invest please email [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 00 353 (0) 86 601 1111

Platinum Shareholder Co-op Membership

Individual A Shares (€10,000) with new B (€5,000)

* Full Access to Tourist Office for display of business promotional material

* Full Access to Web site for links promoting business

* Discount on all fares displayed on web site by 50% fares have to be booked and paid by shareholder using unique membership card & code

* 10% on F&B when travelling on the Julia

* Name of Shareholder listed on Investor board in Tourist Office on ship.

* Full Access to Travel Agent Rates offered by ship, to be passed on to shareholder clients if not paying for fares directly

* Access to Fastnet Line Sales & Marketing personnel for joint sales trade promotions


Gold Shareholder Co-op Membership

Individual A Shares (€10,000)


* 50% discount off peak – 30% peak

* 10% on F&B on board

* Full benefits as listed above


Silver Shareholder Co-Op Membership

Syndicated A and B Share


* Discounts of 30% off peak and 20% peak

* 10% on F&B on board

* Promotions

* Information leaflets on board


Bronze Shareholder Co-Op Membership

Syndicated A Share

* Discount 20% off peak and 10% peak

* Information leaflets on board

Tourist Information Office Opens on board

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Paul
Ian Dempsey, Jean O'Sullivan and Robert Walsh

Ian Dempsey, Jean O'Sullivan and Robert Walsh

Fastnet Line continues to be one of the most progressive ferry companies on the Irish sea. On Monday, its owners the West Cork tourism Co-Op will open their Tourist Information Office on board the MV Julia. The large space located on deck five is dedicated to giving passengers as much information as possible about the destinations on both sides of the Irish sea.

The shareholders who have invested €3m of their own money to purchase the ferry and establish Fastnet Line will now be able to display information about their businesses to the tourists travelling on board in what is believed to be a unique venture on any ferry to southern Ireland. Only businesses which have invested to become members of the Co-Op are allowed to display on board the ship.

Shareholders also benefit from joint marketing opportunities with Fastnet Line which should enhance their opportunities to gain additional tourist traffic. The tourist information office consists of large scale grpahic representations of Wales and Ireland as well as a central information desk and leaflet display racks. the office will be manned by trained staff in high season who will be able to give detailed information about the two destinations as well as advice regarding shareholders offerings.

West Cork Tourism Co-Op membership is still open to businesses in Ireland and Wales.

Adverse Weather Conditions on the Irish Sea

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 by Fastnet Line

Due to the current adverse weather conditions  on the Irish Sea Fastnet Line regret to inform passengers that tonight’s sailing November 11th, from Cork to Swansea and tomorrow’s sailing, November 12th, from Swansea to Cork, are now cancelled.

The next scheduled sailing will be Saturday November 13th from Cork to Swansea at 2000hrs.

Please contact our reservations team in order to rebook or for a refund.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Reaching the parts of rugby that other ferries cannot…

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by Paul




For some years now, The Heineken Cup has had pride of place in European rugby union and our own Irish province of Munster has excelled in the competition: French teams have dominated recent events but Munster won the cup in 2006 and 2008. The Munster club prize the cup very highly among the silverware available to them each season.

I must admit that when the Cup pool draw was announced this summer, it was hard to contain feelings of amazement and pleasure at the draw: The tournament organisers appear to have had a central role in mind for Fastnet Line to play in connecting three teams from England, Wales and Ireland. The rugby clubs of London Irish (Reading), Ospreys (Swansea) and Munster (Limerick via Cork) seemed to all have been strung along an East-West axis from the UK’s M4 Motorway – over the Irish sea to the Munster ground. The French team, Toulon, is the exception – but also boast a host of international stars not least World Cup winner, with England, Johnny Wilkinson.

Munster of course comprises much more than Cork. The rugby team play out of Thomond Park, Limerick in a revamped stadium and the Munster following are numerous,  loyal, and travel extensively. Games involving Munster hold several Heineken Cup records for attendance in every stage of the competition, including the finals.

To say the least, this first part of the competition will be extremely feisty on the field and very enjoyable off it.

Needless to say, all of us at Fastnet Line are really looking forward to catering to the rugby crowd – and encouraging them to make full use of us around the Cup fixtures. Anyone who knows the rugby scene well, appreciates that rugby people generally bring colour, vitality and commerce to every occasion and city that they visit and this will certainly be the case when Munster travel to Ospreys in Swansea on the 18th December. We expect a bumper crowd to travel on a rugby special to Swansea on Friday 17th December and to travel back with on Saturday night 18th December after the game. What is sure is that win or lose, the atmosphere will be terrific and the singing mighty! We can’t wait!

Paul O’Brien

Cork City and all that jazz

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 by Paul





“What we play is life” Louis Armstrong – Jazz Musician

There must be something about cities on water that works really well with jazz festivals. Lakeside Montreux in Switzerland has been attracting artists and audiences since 1967 – New York City on the Hudson – Paris on the Seine, New Orleans on the Mississippi – all of these are centres for the music – and in a few days time Cork City confirms its reputation as Europe’s friendliest jazz festival, Patrick Street and other places providing the backdrop for the worldwide jazz groove.

 Truth be told – Ireland and jazz music are sometimes strange bedfellows – but the Cork City Festival has been running strong since the first event in 1978. This year’s programme sees luminaries from all corners of that world, including leading US pianist Herbie Hancock, the UK’s Steve Winwood, Ireland’s own Louis Stewart, Norway’s Tord Gustaven and hundreds of other performers. 

Significant numbers from the UK are intending to travel – with their equipment – by the most relaxing and failsafe method available, courtesy of Fastnet Line: We expect our own MV Julia will be loaded with its share of drum kits, double basses, saxophones and other instruments. Not wishing to cock a snook, but taking a musical instrument onto a plane these days can be an extremely nerve-wracking and hazardous experience for a musician – especially if the item is of value. Fewer and fewer musical instruments are being allowed into aircraft cabins these days and the handling of instruments in the hold can be risky, to say the least.

No such worries with our ferry service – either for foot passengers or those driving themselves to and from the festival. To help the mood of the City along and at the same time as the Jazz Festival, Cork will be holding its own October Fest beer festival. The original Munich-based Oktoberfest for some reason got itself underway in mid September. As well as the many craft brews provided by the city’s own Franciscan Well, the October Fest looks at European brews, with draught beers not available in Ireland imported especially for the event. We hope that you make it over with Fastnet Line for one of Ireland’s most cosmopolitan annual events.

See (other part of website) for times and return packages to the UK. Jazz is largely an urban art-form and the the Cork cityscapes will grow and change in time with the music for many decades to come.

Paul O’Brien – Fastnetline

Ferry as a way of travelling

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 by Paul

I lived in London for many years in the 90s. During that time I travelled frequently to France on the overnight routes from Southampton to Cherbourg or Portsmouth to Caen. I travelled less frequently on the Swansea to Cork route because I mainly flew like everyone else with the advent of lower flight costs.

The reason I used the ferry to France was because my destination in Normandy was not easily accessible by plane and because I stayed in self catering accommodation and brought bicycles and golf clubs and the occasional canoe with me. I always enjoyed the journey itself it seemed very civilised and as a frequent traveller there was a certain comfort to the routine; the pint in the bar, the musical entertainment, the Sunday afternoon table quiz on the return journey, the cinema, the meal.

Life moved on and life changed and there were no more regular ferry trips. I moved back to Cork and discovered the ferry link was no more. They say you never miss something until its gone and suddenly there were many reasons why I would have wanted to use the ferry. Cheap and hassle free air travel became a little less so each year. My friend with the fear of flying was more reluctant to drive all the way to the furthest reaches of  West Wales and down from Wexford to visit me. The convenience was gone.

Since Fastnet Line has re-started the Cork to Swansea route I have been on the ship many times for work and those memories come flooding back to me. What a civilised way to travel in an increasingly less civilised world. Good food, a bit of relaxation, space and comfort, a decent pint the chance to stare out of the window aimlessly and do a bit of thinking. Good things. Comforting things. Things that should remain.

Cork Team Wife Carrying Champions of the World!

Friday, July 9th, 2010 by Paul

Being involved in a ferry company is full of surprises. For many of us involved in the background of Fastnet Line this is our first time in the ferry industry. More experienced hands who are veterans of the industry generally stroke their beards (metaphorical and real), shake their heads ruefully and declare, “You don’t understand, they do things very differently at sea”.

However, I’m not sure that even the most experienced old sea dog would have seen anything like the scenes on board the Julia as she sailed out of Cork on a glorious June night two weeks ago. Fastnet Line had agreed to sponsor Ciara Crossan from and her team who were taking part in the World Wife Carrying Championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland. Their departure was fully captured on video and their madcap exploits certainly seemed like a world away from reality.

We loved the sheer nuttiness of the idea and wished them well as they started their epic journey by road to Finland in a borrowed campervan and boundless enthusiasm. Well the team arrived back from Finland yesterday with a third place finish in the relay race and Ciara and James won “Most Entertaining Couple” for the second year in a row. So although Ireland may not have been at the World Cup this year, the country, represented by the best Cork has to offer, did win a prize at an international tournament few can have dreamed existed – not even those jaded veterans of the ferry industry!

Wife carrying competitors with Fastnet Line

Wife carrying competitors with Fastnet Line

Bantry/Sheeps Head

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 by Fastnet Line

The town of Bantry lies nestled between high hills at the head of the deep water harbour of Bantry bay. This bustling market town is a perfect location for exploring the rugged countryside in the hills behind the town and the many inlets and coves indenting the coastline. Bantry has been catering for the intrepid tourist since the 19th Century when combined train and boat trips were available to get the traveller from Cork to Glengarriff. The harbour and Whiddy Island dominate to the seaward side overlooked by the famous Bantry House owned by the Shelswell-White family and home to an internationally famous annual Chamber Music Festival each summer (25th June – 3rd July 2010). The town has a great reputation for food with, not surprisingly, seafood dominating. Locally farmed mussels are a particular favourite but there is something to suit all tastes and pockets. The town boasts a particularly fine eighteen hole golf course boasting magnificent views over the bay.

Adjoining one side of the bay is the Sheep’s Head Peninsula another EDEN award winner in 2009 for rural tourism in Europe recognising the incredible walking trails (the Sheep’s Head Way) created on this unspoilt peninsula making the most of its natural advantages with special areas of Protection and Conservation being sympathetically and imaginatively incorporated into a unique tourism attraction. The area abounds in natural beauty and being a narrow peninsula the sea is never far away with spectacular views from the hills in the middle towards the ocean bounding both sides of this unique landscape.

13 days to the first sailing of Fastnet Line

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 by Fastnet Line

Only 13 days left to the first commercial sailing of Fastnet Line the new Cork-Swansea route – hope you have booked your ticket!!