M/V Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde arriving in Rosslare.
M/V Oscar Wilde. Courtesy Irish Ferries

Oscar Wilde is Irish Ferries' flagship, said to be the most comfortable ship in service between Rosslare and France. She operates most of Irish Ferries' sailings between Ireland and France. Her name comes from a famous Irish author, Oscar Wilde who lived between 1854 and 1900.


Technical Specifications of M/V Oscar Wilde
M/V Oscar Wilde (2007 onwards)
The Ship
Launch  1987
Maiden Voyage  1987
Shipyard Wärtsilä-Werft, Turku, Finland
Cost (when bought by Irish Ferries) 43.6 Millions €
Owner Irish Continental Group

Irish Ferries


Roscoff (FR) - Rosslare (IRL)

Cherbourg (FR) - Rosslare (IRL)

IMO  8506311
MMSI  308847000
Call Sign C6WL9
Port of Registry Nassaus, Bahamas
Technical Specifications
Length  164.50 m
Breadth  28.40 m
Draught  06.50 m

Gross Tonnage

31,914 GT

Net Tonnage

 5,250 NT


 4,606 DWT
Engines specifications

2 Wärtsilä-Surlzer 12 ZAV 40 mortors - 12 cylinders

2 6 ZAL 40 motors - 6 cylinders

Power 19,800 kW
Maximum Speed 23.00 knots - 21.50 knots (service)
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 1,458 passengers
Cabins 1,458 berths
Garage Capacity 580 cars | 62 lorries
Garage Linear Length 1,160 m

Service History

Kronprins Harald in the Baltic Sea

Kronprins Harald in her first livery, when she was operated by Jahre Line.
Kronprins Harald in her original livery. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards).

Kronprins Harald was launched on 31st August 1986, and delivered to Jahre Line on 23rd March 1987. She was introduced on 26th March 1987 on Jahre Line's Olso - Kiel route.

Kronprins Harald was purchased on October 1990 by Color Line, a new company established following the merge of Norway Line and Fred Olsen Lines. She was then repainted, her grey hull turning blue. She remained on the route for which she has been built.

In September 1997, Kronprins Harald was chartered to give departure to the sailing world wide race Whritbread by the race's organizers.

On 15th July 1999, Kronprins Harald grounded in Oslo fjord, and had to be diverted to Moss to disembark her passengers. She then headed to the Thyssen-Nordseewerke shipyard to be repaired. She resumed service on 19th July 1999.

Between November 2006 and January 2007, Kronprins Harald suffered from important engines issues. Meanwhile, Kronprins Harald was sold to the Irish Continental Group.

Oscar Wilde serving in the Irish Sea

Photomontage of Oscar Wilde with a white hull (only altered by a green stripe on her bottom).
Photomontage of Oscar Wilde. Courtesy Irish Ferries.

On the purpose of replacing the old Normandy, Irish Continental Group purchased Kronprins Harald on 22nd January 2007, before chartering her to Color Line until September of the same year. Therefore, Kronprins Harald performed her last commercial sailing with Color Line only on 1st September 2007.

Then, she was re-registered in Nassau and renamed Oscar Wilde. Following this, she went in Dry Dock in Frederica to be overhauled and refitted. Although Irish Ferries' photomontages featured her in a white hull with only the hull's bottom painted in green as the rest of the fleet, Oscar Wilde kept her blue hull.

Oscar Wilde performed her maiden voyage for Irish Ferries on 30th November 2007 between Rosslare to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.

On 10th March 2008, Oscar Wilde broke her moorings in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, and pushed by the wind, crossed the port in its entire length.

On 02nd February 2010, whilst Oscar Wilde was leaving the A&P shipyard in Falmouth, one of her engines took fire. Crew achieved extinguishing the fire with its own mean, yet Oscar Wilde had to go back to drydock to be repaired. She eventually resumed service on 7th March 2010, a month behind schedule.

Aboard Accomodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • The Left Bank Brasserie - À la carte Restaurant ;
  • The Steakhouse - À la carte Restaurant ;
  • The Berneval - À la carte Restaurant ;
  • Café Lafayette - Self-service Restaurant ;
  • The Merrion Lounge.
The Merrion Lounge on board Oscar Wilde.
The Merrion Lounge. Courtesy Irish Ferries.

Aboard Shopping

  • Aelia - Duty Free Shop ;
  • The Travel Galleria - Shop.

Passengers Accommodations

  • 3 Outside Premium suites
  • 12 Outside 5 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • Outside 4 stars cabins with 4 berths ;
  • Outside 4 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • Outside 3 stars cabins with 4 berths ;
  • Inside 3 stars cabins with 4 berths ;
  • Outside 3 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • Inside 3 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • Outside 2 stars cabins with 4 berths ;
  • Inside 2 stars cabins with 4 berths ;
  • Inside 2 stars cabins with 3 berths ;
  • Outside 2 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • Inside 2 stars cabins with 2 berths ;
  • 6 allocated seats lounges ;
  • Outside cabins with 2 berths dedicated to disabled persons.


  • Free Wifi aboard ;
  • Oscar's Piano Bar ;
  • Cinema de Cannes ;
  • Hair and Beauty Salon ;
  • The Happy Prince Play Area ;
  • The Gaiety Lounge.

Photo Library

See Also


  • In Faktamom Fartyg, Tabort M., 2015. [retrieved the 04/04/2016]. Available at www.faktaomfartyg.se ;
  • In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved the 04/04/2016]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • "Luxury Cruise Ferry from Ireland to France | Oscar Wilde". In Irish Ferries, Irish Continental Group, 2015. [retrieved the 04/04/2016]. Available at www.irishferries.com ;
  • In MarineTraffic, Maltenoz Ltd, 2015. [retrieved the 04/04/2016]. Available at www.marinetraffic.com ;
  • "MS Oscar Wilde". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved the 04/04/2016]. Available at en.wikipedia.org ;