Refurbished Manannan returns to service with brand new facilities for passengers and crew

Manannan Forward Lounge

The Isle of Man’s Steam Packet Company’s (IOMSPC) High Speed Craft Manannan has had a Spring refurbishment to coincide with the start of its return to Liverpool sailings on Friday 22nd March.

The upgrade in facilities includes a brand new children’s play area, upgraded pet kennels, a larger retail area and an enhanced crew area. With the addition of the brand-new Manxman and the newly refurbished Manannan, IOMSPC is the pride of the Irish Sea with two of the best-appointed and quality vessels in the region.

Passengers choosing to sit in the popular forward cabin on sailings to and from Liverpool will be able to relax in newly upholstered seating. The forward lounge has also received new floor and wall coverings, giving the Manannan a fresh and modern feel.

Children travelling on board will be pleased to see the addition of a new play area, complete with purpose designed Tigerplay soft play equipment and seating for adult supervisors.

For those travelling with pets, the Manannan has much larger and more comfortable kennels with an increased number available to help cater for the demand on the Liverpool route. Final touches are being made to the kennels and they will be ready for use in due course.

As well as passenger comfort, the refit has taken consideration of crew needs with a larger and much improved crew mess to enhance the working environment.

Our crew and staff are proud to provide the highest level of service in the British Isles and our vessels are the envy of the Irish Sea,” said Brian Thomson, IOMSPC Managing Director.

We’re pleased to complete our renovations and invest in giving Manannan a modern and fresh overhaul to provide our passengers and crew with a higher quality and comfortable experience on board. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board for our first sailings to Liverpool for the summer season.

The upgrade is the second and final phase of the refurbishment, following last year’s refit of the bar, Premium and Executive lounges, and other passenger areas. 

Sailings to Liverpool get underway on March 22nd. From March 22nd to March 28th, Manannan will head to Liverpool light ship in the morning to undertake berth trials and PECs. This will mean it departs one hour later for its daily return sailings to the current Landing Stage terminal in Liverpool.

  • Douglas to Liverpool 15:00hrs  – Sailings will now depart at 16:00hrs
  • Liverpool to Douglas 19:15hrs – Sailings will now depart at 20:00hrs

Manannan successfully berthed at the new terminal for the first time last week. Further berthing trials, which are a mandatory safety procedure, will take place to ensure IOMSPC captains become accustomed to the new berth at all tide levels.

Manannan will require minor modification, which will be carried out on the island, to the port superstructure to accommodate the new terminal’s Passenger Access System.

The new terminal building will soon be handed over to IOMSPC to undertake final fit-out, install equipment and support staff while they become familiarised with the facility. The opening for the new terminal will be confirmed in due course.

For more information and to book Liverpool sailing visit the IOMSPC website.

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