P&O’s Norbay chartered to Irish Ferries


Following the announcement of P&O Ferries closing their Liverpool to Dublin service, Norbay was withdrawn from service on October 15th, the vessel has been time chartered with P&O crew to Irish Ferries to replace the Epsilon on the Dublin to Holyhead and Cherbourg routes for 6 months, with an option to extend.

In August P&O announced it was to close the historic Ireland-England route, having cited that the port owners of Liverpool, Peel Ports Group, had a lack of berth availability in 2024, at the Gladstone Dock facility.

Originally Norbay which was built in 1992 to serve the P&O owned North Sea Ferries Hull-Rotteram (Europoort) route, together with younger twin, Norbank built to 1993. In January, 2002 both ropax’s were transferred to the Dublin-Liverpool route and have served the link for almost twenty two years.  


  1. Travelled from Pembroke to Rosslare on the Norbay 19th April 2024 – a dreadful ship with limited facilities – suitable for freight only – having paid £450 for our return trip we were extremely disappointed as were many other passengers! Will not travel with Irish Ferries again


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