The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is teaming up with Manx National Heritage (MNH) to promote the Island during National Ferry Fortnight 2016, a British Isles-wide initiative aimed at promoting travel by sea.

This year the annual campaign runs from 5th March to 19th March and brings together 12 ferry firms which operate routes to and from the British Isles to encourage more people to enjoy the comfort, relaxation and convenience of sailing.

The theme for this year’s National Ferry Fortnight is ‘Be a Ferry First-Timer’ and the campaign is being used to entice people who have never visited the Isle of Man before, or to rediscover what it has to offer if they haven’t been here in a while.

The Steam Packet Company has created an offer which is only available for bookings made during National Ferry Fortnight. With so much to see and do, people visiting the Island for the ‘ferry first time’ will want to spend as much time as possible exploring the Island, so the Steam Packet Company has heavily discounted its ‘Any Length of Stay’ offer and teamed up with MNH to provide access to its sites free of charge:

Be a Ferry First Timer to the Isle of Man with a Car + 2 People, for any length of stay, from £59 each way and discover the Island's fascinating heritage sites for FREE with two Manx National Heritage Holiday Passes valued at £20 each with Fare Code: FIRST. For full details and terms and conditions visit 

The offer is valid for travel between 7th March 2016 and 19th May 2016, and between 6th September 2016 and 8th January 2017.

During the fortnight, the Steam Packet Company is promoting the Island and the benefits of ferry travel in national UK and Ireland media, with many outlets running features about the campaign and the destinations promoted by the ferry companies.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘Each year National Ferry Fortnight provides a superb opportunity for all ferry operators to promote the benefits of sea travel. We are proud of our services and equally proud of the Isle of Man, its rich culture and heritage and incredible natural beauty.

‘We want to encourage visitors to explore the Island and we are delighted this year to be working with MNH, custodians of the Island’s celebrated internationally acclaimed heritage sites, to include MNH Holiday Passes as part of the offer.

Overall, the offer represents superb value for money and we hope it attracts many first-time visitors to the Island.’

Edmund Southworth, Director of Manx National Heritage, said: ‘We are delighted to work with the Steam Packet Company to encourage people to visit us for the first time. Every year we help people discover the amazing history of the Island which has a character all of its own. In the middle of the Irish Sea, it’s been strategically important since the Vikings and has helped to defend the British Isles against the Spanish Armada, Napoleon’s navies, German submarines and planes in WW1 and WW2. Travelling by ferry in the wake of history is a great way to travel and enjoy our stories.’