Manannan returns to service on Friday, March 23 to launch the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s spring fast craft schedule.

Her first sailing of the season will be the 07.30 to Liverpool, with a return at 11.15. As she did last year, Manannan will primarily service the Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin routes through to the end of the season on November 4.

Manannan will return to the Island on March 12 from dry dock in Birkenhead, where she has undergone extensive maintenance in preparation for the season ahead. A period of sea trials and crew training will follow ahead of her first scheduled sailing to Liverpool.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The gearbox issue Manannan experienced last season has been resolved and once again we’ve invested a considerable amount of money during her time in dry dock to ensure she is fully prepared for the coming months.’

Mr Woodward added: ‘Our fast craft services to Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast are ideal for city centre breaks, whether you’re looking for a shopping trip or attending a festival or sporting event.

‘Advance bookings for all three of Manannan’s routes are looking healthy and I believe much of that is down to the fact that we offer competitive fares, when compared with air travel, and without the extra baggage charges or debit card fees.

‘For passengers looking to travel further afield, our superb Sail and Rail facility offers greater choice at highly attractive fares. Passengers can book their ferry ticket and an onward train journey throughout the UK rail network at the same time at our Ferry Travel Shop.’

Foot passenger ferry fares on Manannan start at £19.00 for a single journey. For further details, visit