The most recent addition to the Steam Packet fleet, Manannan is a 96-metre wave piercing catamaran and the largest vessel of its kind in the Irish Sea and offers passengers a great experience of fast and comfortable travel to and from the Isle of Man. Manannan has continued to impress passengers with her bright, spacious accommodation offering
a variety of seating areas, including two cinema lounges, a large café bar area at the stern and the a café.
There are no cabins however there are 2 lounges. In the Premium lounge on the Manannan you’ll find all table seating, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary newspaper and magazine selection, access to laptop and mobile phone charging points, pillows and blankets are also available on request. Children under 8 years are not permitted in to this lounge.
The Niarbyl reserved lounge is a comfortable and spacious seating area and offers peace of mind on busier sailings as it guarantees that you will have a pre-assigned seat booked. Children under 8 years are permitted in to this lounge.
When it comes to eating and drinking, the Manannan offers something to suit every age and taste with a range of food outlets in a relaxed and enjoyable environment offering a wide selection of food and drinks.
In the Manannan onboard shop you'll find everything from a newspaper or magazine to the latest fragrances and there are some great bargains to be found too.
The Manannan has lift facilities from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounges. If you require assistance then please let us know in advance so of booking to ensure this can be organised.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Manannan guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
100% of our customers recommended this ship
Great experience. My son thoroughly enjoyed it. A quick and calm crossing both ways.
Reviewed 11 August 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
We where in the Isle of Man for the TT races and my friend had mobility problems and I changed our ferry trip from the Saturday to the Friday one that goes direct to Liverpool instead of Haysham Port. So glad I did as I had a little accident and was on crutches also. The staff on the ferry where great and helped us to our seats.
Reviewed 05 July 2015 by Brabara who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"I O M Ferry"
Excellent service which we used for the first time-beats flying every time. We went for our daughters wedding and our guests used Liverpool or Heysham and were all impressed with the service.
Reviewed 29 June 2015 by Andrew who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"ferry to IOM"
Our trip on the ferry could not have been any better than it was easy to board great staff. every thing was like clock work, very clean and tidy, only one thing no chips in canteen,
Reviewed 26 May 2015 by Brian who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Very good service"
I used this service to go to the Isle of Man and was very pleased with the fast cat and the facilities I would recommend this company to everyone!!
Reviewed 25 May 2015 by Philip who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Excellent Staff "
I Would definitely use Steam Packet again as the staff are friendly and efficient. Everything run smoothly. Thank you.
Reviewed 11 May 2015 by Carolyn who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"few days in Douglas"
Great trip sailing on time both ways and pleasant crew and helpful staff on board.
Reviewed 08 May 2015 by Courtney who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Baggage hall @ Liverpool"
Return from Douglas getting baggage back needs a bigger space, otherwise every thing perfect.
Reviewed 05 October 2014 by William Arthur who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Our Ferry crossing too and from the Isle of Man"
Fast and comfortable crossing ,fully informed of progress, well directed getting the car on and off the ferry helpful staff.
Reviewed 02 October 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
Our trip went very smoothly, boat was a bit late but that wasn't a problem for us. Onboard facilities were good, we watched a movie, had to tell some other rude passengers to stop talking so we could hear the movie, but that was not the fault of Steampacket.
Reviewed 09 August 2014 by Tracy who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
A great and friendly service on board the Steam Packet.
Reviewed 02 August 2014 by Paul who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Steam Packet Fast Cat Liverpool to Isle of Man"
The fast cat from Liverpool to Isle of Man was on time, very clean and very comfortable. There are lots of seats around the ship. Leaving the Isle of Man, the fast cat schedule had changed due to an engine problem. We were never informed of this by e-mail. Luckily we heard about it whilst on the island so we didn't waste the extra 45 mins delay. The sailing time was also extended so if you were catching a train it would have been a problem.
Reviewed 30 July 2014 by Neil Flear who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Great crossing, no problems whatsoever."
The ship was punctual, clean, and fast; and the crew were helpful, polite, and cheery despite the early hour of the crossing (which is the only downside to the crossing in my view: with a 7am departure and the check-in 60 minutes prior, the crossing is made somwhat inconvenient, particularly for visitors situated outside of Douglas).
Reviewed 18 July 2014 by Joakim PB who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Reasonable, punctual, and fast."
No problems whatsoever with the crossing: the ship was punctual, and the crew were friendly and helpful. The ship was clean and fast, the only possible downside I can think of is that the frequent security announcements (however necessary) momentarily interrupted the FIFA world cup game currently being shown on the many screens on board - in no way a big issue!
Reviewed 18 July 2014 by Joakim who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Belfast to Isle of Mann and Isle of Mann to Liverpool"
Fortunately very calm seas both journeys, but happened to be on same boat both trips which meant I could not watch a film on both trips as one cinema was "out of action" and in the other the same film was shown on both journeys - a bit annoying when you want to watch a film to take your mind of your usual sea sickness. Otherwise boat OK, food being served looked OK and everything clean and comfortable.
Reviewed 30 June 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Liverpool to Douglas return"
Very good trip both ways but seriously frustrated that turning up to the port early both ways and with a 4 -5 hour car journey home we were one of the last off the ship.
Reviewed 28 June 2014 by Terry who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
You will love this experience. The ship is clean the staff is friendly I plan to take this trip again.
Reviewed 05 June 2014 by Robin who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"My crossing to Douglas"
I enjoyed my experience on boat as we were disabled foot passengers we found the ferries very helpful and am now confident of travelling this way again.
Reviewed 20 May 2014 by Patricia molyneaux who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
"Liverpool - IOM"
Ship was clean and comfortable and on time. Staff were polite. Very expensive to eat and drink on board and quality of the food was poor. I think this should be addressed especially as you are not allowed to bring your own onboard. Stairs used for boarding were very steep and my elderly nan did struggle. We later discovered there is a lift but this was not mentioned to us, at least we know for next time!
Reviewed 25 October 2013 by Sharon who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan
This was the cheapest was of getting two people to the IOM and have the added benefit of your own car at the other side.(As opposed to flying, airport parking and a hire car) The craft left slightly early each way and arrived well ahead of time. The food on board was good, if somewhat pricey. Getting on and off was both quick and easy. I have used this service before and will again.
Reviewed 30 September 2013 by Brian who travelled with Steam Packet on Manannan