Pride of Cherbourg (III)

This vessel was delivered in 1995 to Irish Ferries for their Holyhead/Dublin service. She was named Isle of Innisfree and was the company's first 'superferry' with twin lorry height vehicle decks. She was subsequently succeeded in 1997 by the larger Isle of Inishmore and transferred to the less busy Pembroke/Rosslare route.

With the arrival of the massive Ulysees in 2001, she was laid up and advertised for charter. P. & O. Ferries were seeking large modern tonnage to replace their elderly 'Super Viking' class vessels on their Portsmouth/Cherbourg service and decided to take on the Isle of Innisfree for a five year charter. She became the third such named Pride of Cherbourg and took over in September 2002. However, her spell on the Channel was to be but a brief one. After facing the prospect of continued heavy losses at its Portsmouth ferry division, P. & O. took the painful decision to pull out of its services to Le Havre and Cherbourg. The last crossing by Pride of Cherbourg took place in January 2005 where upon she was sub-chartered to Stena Line and is currently in service for them as Stena Challenger in Scandinavian waters.

M. S. Isle of Innisfree
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