Stena Line offers 12 million 'kids go free' places in 2012

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Stena Line has announced that it will offer 12 million 'kids go free' places in 2012 to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight.

Stena Line is offering up to 12 million kids throughout the UK and Ireland the chance to travel for free in 2012 as part of an initiative launched by the leading ferry company to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight which runs until March 31.

Stena Line Ireland is offering children, up to the age of 15 years, free travel on all of its five Irish Sea routes, when a car booking is made during National Ferry Fortnight. In Great Britain there are approximately 11,226,300 kids of age 15 years and under and combined with those across Northern Ireland and Ireland this would equate to almost £30 million worth of free travel.

Stena Line's Head of PR and Communications, Diane Poole, OBE hopes the 14 days of National Ferry Fortnight will help focus attention on just how far ferry travel has transformed in recent years as well as highlight the benefits of ferry travel, commenting: "National Ferry Fortnight is a great opportunity to bring the ferry travel into the spotlight. Taking the ferry really is the most relaxing way to travel and with so much to do your holiday really does start as soon as you step onboard.

"All of our ships boast excellent facilities including Curious George themed play area, Teen Town, free movies, choice of restaurants and bars, free Wi-Fi, an onboard shop with great savings on fragrances, spirits and lots more.

"We continuously invest in our routes and services and over the next 14 days we want to highlight the benefits of travelling with Stena Line and encourage people to take advantage of our fantastic kids go free offer.

"We are offering around 12 million kids go free places to children aged up to 15 years when car travel is booked between March 17 - 31 for trips to be taken until January 5, 2013, so it really is an offer not to be missed," Diane said.

As well as ferries to Ireland, the Stena Line Kids Go Free offer also includes the ferry company's North Sea route between Harwich and Hook of Holland. Lars Olsson Stena Line's General Manager for travel on the North Sea said: "It is now very difficult to find a good value family holiday during the peak holiday periods and we wanted to create an offer that would really encourage families to travel with us.

"Both Holland and Ireland are great family holiday destinations and the family-friendly facilities onboard our ships mean that the holiday starts the minute you get onboard."

To find out more or to make a booking, travellers can log onto http://www.stenaline.co.uk/nff, call 08447 70 70 70 or contact a local travel agent.

About Stena Line:
Stena Line offers the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland, offering over 30 daily crossings on its Irish Sea routes including Cairnryan and Liverpool to Belfast, Fishguard to Rosslare and Holyhead to Dublin Port, providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent on-board services and facilities.

On Stena Line's North Sea route between the UK and Holland every year more than 500,000 people cross. In 2010 Stena Line introduced two newly-built passenger-freight Superferries on the route, representing an investment of £375m. In the UK alone Stena Line, which operates Europe‚Äôs most comprehensive route networks, offers twice daily return crossings on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route.

PR Contact:
Stephanie Todd
Duffy Rafferty Communications Ltd.
18 Heron Road
Belfast
BT3 9LE
(028) 9073 0880
http://www.stenaline.co.uk

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