There will be extra Liverpool services and increased availability of offer fares next year, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has confirmed as bookings open for the rest of 2015 at www.steam-packet.com.
The Company has announced Manannan will operate 48 additional seasonal Liverpool sailings next year. The schedule also includes extra year-round services to Heysham, as well as winter services to Birkenhead operated by Ben-my-Chree and seasonal Dublin and Belfast services.
Once again there has been no increase in foot passenger fares, which start from just £18 each way, and special offers for a car and two passengers start from just £65 each way. The popular summer Kids Go Free offer and Steam Packet Holidays-organised Day Trips will also return for 2015.
The Steam Packet Company has also announced plans for its 2015 advertising and marketing strategy, a £500,000 investment to attract more visitors to the Island. A wide range of national and regional newspapers, special interest magazines and websites will be utilised in the UK and Ireland, with adverts and features promoting the Isle of Man.
Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We have been very pleased to note an increase in traffic this summer and we’re pleased to be able to confirm our 2015 schedule, prices and special offers will be bookable from 1st October. We are awaiting final confirmation from various port authorities of linkspan and berth availability for the busy TT period, but provisional timetables will also be bookable for the TT.
‘We once again listened carefully to our passengers and I am pleased we are able to offer 48 additional Liverpool services in 2015, giving passengers even more opportunities to travel, as well as increasing the availability of special offer fares, so passengers can continue to enjoy great value.
‘A major part of the Steam Packet Company’s role is bringing people to the Island, and we will once again make a substantial investment in promoting the Isle of Man across the UK and Ireland, highlighting the many attractions to potential tourists. We are very proud of our Island home, and want to share it with as many visitors as possible.
‘The range of travel options available, from day trips to any length of stay, and well over 900,000 offer seats available during 2015 should ensure every traveller’s requirements are met.’
Bookings for 2015 open at 08:30am on Wednesday, 1st October. Visit www.steam-packet.com for the latest offers and to book.