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Stena Line Announces New Onboard Children’s Menu From Annabel Karmel

Stena Line has announced the launch of a new menu by Annabel Karmel MBE, one of the world’s most successful writers on children’s food and nutrition.

Annabel has sold over 4 million books worldwide and has become the expert in getting children, no matter how fussy, to follow a healthier diet. A selection of little people’s favourite dishes including Fruity Chicken Curry, Fish Pie, Spaghetti Bolognaise with hidden vegetables, Chilli Con Carne, Macaroni Cheese and Chocolate Sponge with chocolate sauce will initially be sold in all food outlets onboard Stena Line’s routes from Holyhead to Dublin Port and Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and in Stena Plus lounges on all other Irish Sea Routes, with a roll out to all other onboard food outlets in 2011.

Stena Line’s Head of Onboard Services, Jimmy Howey believes the new menu will allow customers to provide children with healthy and tasty food choices when travelling. He said: “We are delighted to launch the Annabel Karmel food range onboard our ships as the meals will provide parents with an easy way to ensure children can eat healthy, tasty food when travelling.

“At Stena Line, we pride ourselves on providing families with a stress free way to travel with dedicated children’s play areas and onboard cinemas on our ferries and this latest partnership with Annabel Karmel demonstrates our commitment at providing parents with healthy food options for little people.”

Annabel Karmel commented: “Offering parents the opportunity to give healthy and tasty food choices to their children is a huge bonus when travelling and I am delighted to be working with Stena Line in order to do this.”

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Stena Line Set For Record Summer

For Stena Line the summer is traditionally a busy time, however, with the chaotic impact of the recent ash cloud phenomenon set to continue to blight travel arrangements for the foreseeable future, this summer is shaping up to be a record one.

Stena Line Set For Record Summer

Stena Line, the market leading ferry operator, has already seen a significant increase in its summer bookings on the Irish Sea with advanced sales for June and July already up 15% on last year. Based on current trends, Stena Line expects to carry an additional 50,000 passengers this summer compared to 2009 on its Irish Sea routes.

This growth comes on the back of a busy Spring period which saw the company carry an additional 60,000 passengers bolstered by the impact of the volcanic ash cloud on air travel between Ireland and Britain.

In addition to getting ready for the extra volumes this summer, Stena Line has also made a number of contingency plans for its business to help it cope with the strains placed on it during the recent ‘no fly’ periods including increasing its web capacity and up-weighting call centre staff and standby crews. At the height of the ash cloud crisis, Stena Line was receiving an unprecedented 350% increase in hits to its UK and Ireland websites.

Ian Baillie, Marketing Manager, Stena Line said: “I suppose it would be fair to say that we have been one of the few benefactors from the chaos caused by the ash cloud disruptions. Undoubtedly people have travelled with us who would not have done so or have not done so for many years yet the one common factor to all has been the level of surprise about just how much ferry travel has changed.

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Stena Line Invests £200m In New Scottish Port

Stena Line has announced investment details of approximately£200m in a new ferry port facility at Loch Ryan in Scotland. A 28 acre site two miles north of Cairnryan has been chosen to locate the facility which will be constructed to accommodate a mix of travel and freight customers all year round. The investment also includes the addition of two large modern ferries when the port becomes fully operational on its Irish Sea service to Belfast Port.

Stena Line Invests £200m In New Scottish Port

Construction work at the new port is anticipated to take approximately 20 months, creating over 900 jobs, and will be completed by autumn 2011. A Harbour Empowerment Order (HEO) to allow the creation of the new port has just been approved by the Scottish Parliament. The new port facility represents the first in a number of projects across Scotland which have been assigned National Project status by the Scottish Government and will half the time it currently takes to turn vessels around.

Speaking at the announcement hosted by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, Dan Sten Olsson, Chairman of Stena Line outlined the importance of the development to the future prosperity of Scotland. He said: “Today is a historic day for the people of Scotland and indeed Northern Ireland. The investment we have announced will provide Scotland with a first class port facility which underlines and enhances the port’s prominence as the third largest gateway in the UK. The link between Scotland and Northern Ireland provides a huge number of benefits for both countries.

Tourism and freight business between Scotland and Northern Ireland has seen significant growth in recent years and despite the current difficult trading conditions, we are confident that an investment of this magnitude will pay dividends over the medium to long term. We believe that working in partnership with the Scottish Government and their counterparts in Northern Ireland we will have state-of-the-art facilities that everyone can be proud of.”

Speaking at the announcement, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This new development will safeguard and create 1,400 jobs and trigger significant investment in Dumfries and Galloway. I am delighted to welcome the decision to approve this project and Stena Line’s commitment and continuing contribution to the Scottish economy. The relocation of the port to the new Loch Ryan Port will also aid tourism with faster ferry crossings between Scotland and Northern Ireland and help the regeneration of Stranraer as a major marine leisure area. This is a significant day for transport and investment in Scotland, and today’s announcements highlight the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to working with investors to support jobs and the economy and to keep Scotland moving.”

In 2008, Stena Line opened a new £37m port facility in Belfast harbour, which First Minister Salmond attended. Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea offering the biggest fleet and route choice between Britain and Ireland. Routes between Britain and Ireland for travel and freight customers include Stranraer -Belfast, Fleetwood-Larne, Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire/Dublin Port and Fishguard-Rosslare.

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Stena Line Expands Its Northern Corridor Fleet

Stena Line, leading ferry company, has announced details of a new addition to its Northern Corridor fleet. From early November the company will introduce a third ship, the Stena Navigator, on its Stranraer-Belfast route. The vessel will cater for both passenger and freight traffic with a capacity of up to 1,500 passengers and up to 280 cars or 50 lorries. The addition of the vessel and an onboard upgrade programme that’s currently under way in Belfast Port represents a total investment in the route of over £6m.

Stena Navigator will be substantially upgraded and creates an opportunity to introduce a new cruiseferry concept. With substantial passenger areas and expanded free wifi and free movies, the ship will offer a new travelling experience.

The introduction of the Stena Navigator will expand Stena Line’s current fleet of the HSS Stena Voyager and Stena Caledonia and provides the company with an opportunity to make a number of changes to its existing timetable which better reflect the needs of its customer base. It means Stena Line can now offer up to 14 crossings on the route each day.

Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Stranraer-Belfast Route Manager, said: “The introduction of the Stena Navigator will give us the opportunity to provide our customers with an increased number of travel and timetable options. The additional capacity on the route will also enable us to expand in time for what we hope will be a more buoyant 2010.

“While trading conditions remain challenging, Stena Line is confident about the future and is putting the necessary investment in place to ensure that it can leverage a competitive advantage when the economic upturn arrives. We will announce details of our revised timetable over the next few weeks.”

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Special Offer for Students By Stena Line

Stena Line, the leading Irish Sea ferry operator, has announced that it will offer Northern Ireland students studying in Britain the chance to travel for free back to university. The announcement follows the research from independent university guide Push that estimates many students will be left with a debt of £23,000 after graduation.

Separate research conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) also suggests some degrees have higher ‘hidden costs’ than others, such as for equipment or books.

To help ease the financial strain, Stena Line is offering Northern Ireland students the chance to travel to Britain for free on all five of its Irish Sea routes when they are accompanied by a paying adult and car. This is the fifth consecutive year Stena Line has run this special offer.

Those wishing to pack a little lighter and travel without a car can take advantage of further reductions and travel from Belfast Port onboard the Stena HSS Voyager and onto popular university cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

About Stena Line:
Stena Line is the market leader among Irish Sea ferries, offering the biggest ferry fleet and the widest choice of routes between the island of Ireland and Britain including Belfast to Stranraer, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard and ferries to Fleetwood from Larne. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival operators combined.

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Stena Line Teams Up With Gary Pope To Ensure Kids Stay Happy On Car Holidays

Stena Line, leading ferry company, has announced that it has teamed up with London-based expert Gary Pope to advise holidaymakers on the best way of preparing themselves and their family before a car holiday.

Gary Pope is managing director of the British company Kids Industries. It’s Gary and his colleagues who advise companies like Nickelodeon, Unilever and Disney how to design their products and services so they appeal to children.

“People spend a lot of time in the car on a car holiday and it’s important as parents to make sure the children enjoy the experience as much as possible. Gary’s tips are often quite simple, but the point is that it’s often things that parents wouldn’t think of,” said Nigel Tilson, UK Communications Manager at Stena Line.

Gary, who is also an adviser on child studies to Oxford University, has listed a number of important tips for a successful car holiday with the children. Most of his tips are easy to follow with a little forward planning and Gary’s Top Ten Tips can be found on the Stena Line website.

Families taking car holidays this summer should start planning with the children a few weeks ahead of departure and buy a secret stock of surprises for them, according to the international child expert.

“Three absolute musts to have with you on a car holiday are the children’s favourite toys or cuddly toy, colouring books and a secret supply of mini surprises. The surprises can be used to portion out toys, books and games periodically, if and when the journey gets tedious or when arguments start in the back seat,” said Gary.

Tens of thousands of holidaymakers take car holidays each summer which include a ferry crossing across the Irish Sea with Stena Line. This summer is no exception, especially with fares starting at £79 single for a car and driver for midweek travel with kids going free. And there’s plenty for the kids to do once they get onboard. They can meet Curious George, enjoy a movie, have a fun time in specially-designed play areas – plus there are giveaways for kids throughout the summer.

About Stena Line:
Stena Line is the Irish Sea ferries market leader, offering the biggest ferry fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland, including Stranraer to Belfast, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port, Fishguard to Rosslare and ferries to Larne from Fleetwood. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival operators combined.

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