Bookings for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company sailings in 2017 will open on Friday, with more than 900,000 offer seats available during the year.
The ferry firm has confirmed its schedules and details of special offer fares for the coming year, with Ben-my-Chree operating daily sailings between Heysham and Douglas, as well as weekend winter services between Douglas and Birkenhead. Mannanan will resume its schedule on 31st March with regular services to the heart of Liverpool.
Details of sailings to Dublin and Belfast have also been confirmed.
The popular offer fares for two people travelling with a car return for 2017, with choices of three-day, five-day and any length of stay options, and prices starting from just £62 each way. There are also special offers for up to four people travelling with a car with the return of the Starlight and Day Trip offers.
Foot passenger prices have been kept at 2016 levels, with adult fares starting from just £18 and children travelling from just £9. Infants aged under four continue to travel for free.
For families planning ahead for their 2017 summer getaway, the Steam Packet Company has confirmed the Kids Go Free offer will return. Two people travelling with a car between 4th July 2017 and 31st August 2017 will be able to take up to three children for free.
Also returning for 2017 is the Student Foot Passenger offer, assisting students in full time off-island Further or Higher Education when traveling to and from the Island. These students can book foot passenger fares at the lowest prices and benefit from the flexibility of not paying amendment fees if their travel plans change and there are no weekend supplements.
Despite deposits for next year’s TT, which opened in May, once again proving extremely popular, there is still limited availability on some TT sailings. This includes the return of the TT Taster offer, giving visitors a chance to sample the festival atmosphere during Practice Week, and the TT Escape offer for Island residents who would prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of TT with a relaxing getaway.
Visitors are now also able to book for the 2017 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, which saw passenger figures increase again in 2016, up 6.3% on the previous year.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We are pleased to be confirming our schedules and opening bookings now as we know people like to start planning their holidays as early as possible.
‘More than 900,000 offer seats are available during 2017, ensuring there are plenty of opportunities to secure our lowest prices, especially for those who book early. We have tried to make sure we have offers for Island residents wanting to get away, as well as making the Isle of Man an attractive destination for visitors.’
Bookings can be made now at www.steam-packet.com, where you will also find details of all special offers, including full terms and conditions.