Brittany Ferries has announced plans to increase services out of both Cork and Rosslare in 2021, despite ongoing uncertainty amid Covid-19.
The Port of Cork will see a new midweek sailing from Cork to Roscoff in addition to the weekend service already in place.
The Armorique vessel will be used for the sailings, which is new to Ireland.
The Pont-Aven, one of the company’s flagship ferries, will continue to serve the main Cork to Roscoff sailings at the weekend.
This route serves primarily tourists, with an approximate 50-50 split between French and Irish holidaymakers.
The company said: “It will open more choice for those seeking a shorter break in either Ireland or France, with options to leave and return with Brittany Ferries, either mid-week or at the weekend.”
Meanwhile, in 2021 a totally new route connecting Rosslare with Cherbourg is to be added. The connection promises more choice and greater capacity on ships linking France and Ireland.
The company has said: “The move demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to Ireland, despite on-going uncertainty over travel restrictions and quarantine requirements this season, and the effect this is having on service viability.”
The announcement comes in the same week the company launches its schedules for 2021 sailings connecting the UK and Ireland with Spain.
Reservations for all 2021 routes are now open, including on the Cork to Roscoff route.