Check out the rich and famous who’ve sailed the Irish Sea with Stena Line
WHAT do global superstars Cameron Diaz, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Rory McIlroy and bands like Coldplay, The Killers and Black Eyed Peas have in common with Roy Keane, Mrs Brown and Graham Norton?
The answer is that they are just a few of the growing number of world-famous celebrities who have chosen to cross the Irish Sea with ferry company Stena Line in recent years.
Yes enjoying the many perks and comforts of a chilled out Stena Line sailing is now the cool way to travel between Ireland and Britain, and as part of its current National Ferry Fortnight (March 5-19) campaign, the ferry operator is encouraging ‘ferry first-timers’, and people who haven’t sailed in years, to forget about flying and book a comfortable relaxing ferry trip instead.
As an incentive, customers can book a car trip on any of Stena Line’s Irish Sea routes during National Ferry Fortnight from only £79* single and bring two friends or family along for free, saving up to £100 on a return trip (valid for travel up until June 30, 2016).
Passengers who do will definitely be in good company as in recent years, more and more household names from the worlds of film, TV, music and sport have been popping up increasingly regularly on Stena Line ferries.
So who else has been sampling the delights of travelling with Stena Line?
Well if you’re into music, there is a long list of solo stars that you may have spotted on-board including Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Shane MacGowan, Debbie Harry, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, Olly Murs, Will Young, David Gray, Jake Bugg, Professor Green and Jamiroquai.
Bands obviously enjoy the spacious surroundings of Stena Line’s ferries also with the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Back Street Boys, Journey, Good Charlotte, The Vamps, Super Furry Animals, Slipknot and the Eagles of Death Metal all sampling the company’s highly-regarded customer service.
Sports fans have also been rubbing shoulders with their heroes in a major way with former Open golf champion and European Ryder Cup 2016 Captain Darren Clarke getting into the swing of things on board.
World champions Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury and Glenn McCrory are also boxing clever when it comes to choosing how they travel, while fellow world-beaters Stephen Hendry (snooker), Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Eric ‘the Crafty Cockney’ Bristow (darts) have also caught the Stena Line ferry bug. Swapping the ‘field of play’ for Stena’s on-board comforts, a long list of international football, rugby and cricket stars have also had a ball on the ferry, including England cricketer Freddie Flintoff, Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill, Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan, former Liverpool captain and Irish football international Ronnie Whelan, and former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio… to mention but a few.
And how they choose to travel is certainly no joke for comedians like Frankie Boyle and Johnny Vegas who have travelled with Stena Line, while celebrity chefs Kevin Woodford and Heston Blumenthal were so impressed that the former helped create the company’s on-board menus and the latter conducted a masterclass for Stena Line’s on-board chefs and cooking staff.
The list of known celebrities that have travelled with Stena Line over the years seems endless and continues to grow steadily, just like the company’s passenger volumes. During 2015, Stena Line experienced a significant increase in passenger numbers, carrying more than 2.5 million on its Irish Sea routes – more than its rival ferry operators combined.
Stena Line is the biggest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes from Ireland to Britain, including Belfast to Cairnryan, Belfast to Liverpool, Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard routes.