Fast craft Manannan resumes daily services this week


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel Manannan resumes daily sailings to the heart of Liverpool on Friday 29th March.

As well as operating primarily between the island and Liverpool, Manannan will also service routes to Ireland, including Belfast from Sunday 7th April and Dublin from Thursday 18th April.

With the return of fast craft services to all three destinations, it is an ideal time to book your next trip, whether that’s a city break, day trip or a road trip to further afield.

More than 900,000 offer seats are available with the Steam Packet Company during 2019. Offers include the popular Five Day Short Break for a car and two people, with prices starting from £97 each way.

The Steam Packet Company has also confirmed the return of its Kids Go Free Summer Special. Simply book a car and two adults and up to three children can travel for free on sailings between 2nd July and 29th August, with prices starting from £133 each way.

If you’re looking for a combination of culture, sport, shopping and entertainment, Liverpool is an ideal destination, with most attractions within walking distance of where Manannan berths in the city. Foot passenger fares start at just £19.50 for adults and £10.50 for children each way and are a great way to reach the heart of the city centre in just a few hours. 

A trip to Liverpool is simple and convenient when you travel with the Steam Packet Company and there is plenty to do on arrival. A diverse range of events await visitors throughout the year from food and drink festivals to exhibitions, comedy and much more.

Catch a gig at the M&S Bank Arena, enjoy some retail therapy, take in the atmosphere at a Everton FC or Liverpool FC match or tour some of the fascinating museums and galleries – did you know Liverpool has more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of London?

Ireland is another great destination to visit when you travel with the Steam Packet Company, especially when you bring your car and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the Emerald Isle.

Make the most of your time away by sailing to either Belfast or Dublin and back from the other, giving you the opportunity to experience the atmosphere in both cities, as well as exploring the scenic countryside and everything in between at your leisure.

The National Botanic Gardens, the iconic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse are among the many places to visit in Dublin, while Belfast has its own charm with important heritage sites and bustling bars and shops.

You can also step into the magical world of fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, which was filmed at locations across the city and beyond. Take a trip around Belfast Castle or visit the must-see tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast.

Reach various UK cities including Manchester, London, Birmingham, York, Leeds and Edinburgh, plus many more, at discounted rates by booking a Sail and Rail ticket, ideal for passengers looking to travel further afield, without their own vehicle. Passengers can book their ferry ticket and an onward train journey throughout the UK rail network at a fixed rate at the Ferry Travel Shop in Douglas.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘This time of year we look forward to the return of Manannan and the resumption of daily sailings to Liverpool and regular crossings to Dublin and Belfast. 

‘We are excited to welcome passengers on board from 29th March, both island residents heading off on holiday and visitors coming to explore our island.’

Manannan’s first sailing to Liverpool is scheduled for 15:00 on Friday with a return at 19:15.

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Isle of Man Steam Packet Company fast craft Manannan
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company fast craft Manannan