I have sailed on this ship on many occasions and have never had a complaint with either the high standards of service or the quality of food and facilities on offer. On my last crossing between Holyhead and Dublin port in January I opted to upgrade to the Stena Plus lounge. With spectacular panoramic views I chose a seat at the front to maximise the views on offer. I was greeted with a friendly smile and a menu by the steward, Ricky, who took my food order in a timely manner. The menu was designed and complied by TV Celebrity chef Kevin Woodford and certainly came up to expectations and more. For starters I opted for the black pudding served with fried leeks and caramelised apple with assorted leafs. In a word delicious! For main I opted for navarin of lamb slow cooked with root vegetables’ in thick rich gravy and accompanied with nutmeg mashed potatoes. I had some reservations about the mash but was reassured by the steward who informed me of its popularity and offered an alternative if not completely satisfied. My concerns were short lived as the creamy mash was seasoned to perfection with the nutmeg giving a welcomed twist to the otherwise ordinary potato. I gave desert a miss on this occasion but can vouch for the bread and butter pudding and crème brulee. The ship is light and airy with an abundance of seating areas, bars and eateries to cater for all tastes. Equally, the Stena lounge is well worth the price of an upgrade and includes free magazines, newspapers, unlimited red and white wines, snacks etc and of course priority boarding. As a regular commuter between England and Ireland my preferred ferry company is Stena.
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