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The Ulysses is a passenger ferry that is presently owned and operated by the Irish ferry company Irish Ferries.

The Ulysses

She was built in 2001 by Aker Finnyards in Finland for the company. She is currently the largest car ferry in the world in terms of capacity. She can hold up to 5km (3 miles) of parking space. She is the 15th largest ferry in Europe. She replaced the earlier Isle of Inishmore on the route that links Holyhead with Dublin. The Isle of Inishmore now operates on the Pembroke-Rosslare route. She shares the Holyhead-Dublin route with the high-speed catamaran ferry, the HSC Jonathan Swift, which is also operated by Irish Ferries. She is named after James Joyce's novel, Ulysses. The current port of registry of the Ulysses is Limassol, Cyprus.


  • The Ulysses was documented on the programme Superships, whilst on a sailing from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The Ulysses made a cameo appearance on Sky News whilst docked in Dublin, during a report.
  • The Ulysses made two cameo appearances on the documentary Built from Disaster.