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Another HSS trip today - loved it!

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Russell

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Hello everyone

It seems ages since I booked this 5 round trip and today was the day. Sadly, sea conditions were calm as you may recall from my exploits in December, I prefer a rough crossing. (No jokes please!)

I've added a few pics of the HSS and a short (boring) video showing the calm conditions to my motorhome blog. You can read/look here if you wish.

http://swift-kontiki.co.uk/ferry-good-days-out/stena-line-hss-explorer-another-ferry-good-day-out/

I asked about a bridge visit and my dream came true today. The crew were amazing and the Master told me about the early InCats (another of my interests) and we chatted about his work in bringing them to the UK. I was absolutely fascinated. This has been the "ferry best" ferry related day out I have ever had.

I should be on board tomorrow but I have to go home, but Stena have kindly amended my booking

Russ

giftgrub

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Great review, thanks for posting, some nice images.

You might be interested in looking at the site which gives a nice look at the Superfast VII & VIII which is a good indication of the level of service the Superfast X will provide next year on Dublin - Holyhead

http://cruiseandferry.wordpress.com/

HSS

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Yeah great stuff, did you just ask onboard about a bridge visit?


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The Adventurer sailed a bit late this afternoon, don't know why.

Russell

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Hi

Yes, I asked on board.

I've also asked Irish Ferries but they only do bridge visits for (their words) special situations such as terminally ill children. Condor Ferries said they never do bridge visits. The other I would love to see is P&O's Pride of Canterbury - she is my favourite as she has good food on board!

Thanks for the info re the Adventurer - at first I thought I had got my timings muddled up!

Russ

Stena explorer

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Nice photos of hss Russell. Will you get another trip on hss before end of summer. I absolutely love the spacious feeling on the hss  the Huge  high ceilings and the fantastic panorama  up front. The stena adventurer feels so pokey and cramped  compared to it. I wonder will we ever see a ship like it again on the Irish Sea. To match its original speed and spaciousness and comfort.

Russell

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Hi

I've got a couple more 5 round trips booked. I'll also do a couple in December, even if at full fare.

Jonathan Swift goes like a bat out of hell compared to the Explorer, but the Explorer just looking stunning. I often stand near the church in Holyhead and just "observe" - looks so futuristic.

Russ

DublinPeter

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Glad you enjoyed it Russell and I'm sure you'll get a nice rough crossing at Christmas! I was picking up a friend before Christmas last year and she was brought forward to avoid some dodgy weather on the way.  She left Holyhead (sold out) early in choppy seas and got to Dun Laoghaire about 11 - then ran like a scalded cat back to Holyhead to get in before the storm. Clocked her at 43.7Kn about 30 minutes out.  Nice :)

Did the bridge crew give any impression as to whether they would be there next year?

Pete

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Maybe we should start a 'save our HSS' campaign ;)

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Davy Jones

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After watching the above you-tube video I followed up one of the suggestions they give you at the end. Basically it was about an Incat that uses (presumably) the same GE gas turbine engines as the HSS but running on LNG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVm8XrTfqLM

So is it  not an option to convert the Explorer?

Collision-course

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A conversion is possible , but the cost would be very high . I dont see Stena operating high speed vessels for a long time to come , their current business model is to shift to a low cost carrier , this means operating a fleet of large ropax's with a low cost per unit transported price , this can not be achieved with the current generation of high speed vessels.
Stena got very badly burned with the HSS project , the development cost was enormous and the cost of building each ship was very high and they got a very short lifespan out of them , and thats before we start talking about fuel costs , very evident that when Stena talks about its engineering achievements it almost never mentions the HSS these days , a pity really as the HSS was when designed a triumph of its era , just that no-one saw that era ending so soon after the HSS entered service , when Brent Crude was 10 dollars a barrel the HSS was an excellent idea , sadly with Brent Crude at its current 110 dollars a barrel the HSS is a financial nitemare that I suspect Stena is keen to bring to an end.

Russell

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Hello Pete

I should have been on the crossing on December 20th last year but it was retimed to depart HHD at 0830 and I could not get there in time, so I went the next day - that was fun too!

Russ