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NI folk want to get onboard with Kate

Press Release   •   Oct 05, 2012 11:15 BST

Stena Line car-cation survey reveals the majority of people would like to holiday with the future Queen

VOTED the most stylish woman in the world, the Duchess of Cambridge has also been revealed as the most desirable ‘celebrity’ people in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain would like to car-cation with, according to Stena Line. 

Northern Ireland’s leading ferry company ran a series of Facebook polls amongst customers in the UK and Ireland to discover people’s car-cation habits.  The car-cation trend centres around using the family car as one of the main focal points of the holiday and the freedom it provides to bring unlimited luggage.

Forty one per cent of people chose Prince William’s wife Kate as their ideal travel companion with Irish pop duo Jedward coming second at 25 per cent.

With unrestricted baggage when travelling by ferry, many people revealed bizarre and personal items they took with them on a car-cation. These included everything from the sentimental giant teddy bear to a life-size cardboard cut-out, a bag of potatoes and amazingly a washing machine!

While it takes most people a week to unwind on a holiday abroad, with a car-cation in the UK and Ireland, 70 per cent of people said they can relax straight away.

Stena Line’s Head of Marketing Orla Noonan said the research results revealed that people now like to create a ‘home from home’ on holiday and the car-cation is the perfect way to do this.

“The results show that ferry travel is one of the most relaxing ways to holiday.  It’s such a unique, enjoyable and stress-free travel experience.  As the survey shows, 70% of people unwind immediately when travelling on a car-cation while it often takes much longer to unwind if you experience stressful travel queues and hidden costs,” said Orla.

“The wonderfully wacky items people bring on their car-cation is fascinating, as it’s important they are comfortable travelling and bring everything they need with them. With a car-cation you can even take the kitchen sink, or rather the washing machine!

“Whether you are travelling for the weekend, a week or longer, visiting friends or family or simply taking a leisurely break – a car-cation is the easiest way to getaway.

“When travelling with Stena Line, Kate can bring as many different outfits as she needs to and Jedward don’t have to worry about running out of hair gel, they can just take it all with them!”  Orla added.

To book a car-cation click on www.stenaline.co.ukcall 08447 70 70 70 or contact your local travel agent.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information please contact Kate Ferguson of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 028 9073 0880.


Stena Line, an ABTA member, is an international transport and travel service company and one of the world's leading ferry operators.

Stena Line operates in three business areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea with a network of 18 strategically located ferry routes in Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 35 vessels including fast ferries (Stena HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Stena Line is a stable and profitable group and is committed to providing passengers with the best service and experience possible.

During 2009, approximately 15.4 million passengers travelled with Stena Line. 3.3 million cars and 1.6 million freight units were transported during the same period.

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