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FAQ: Weather Disruptions

Weather Disruption FAQs

On occasion, adverse weather conditions may cause delays to our planned timetable, and under more rare circumstances can lead to cancellations. The decision to cancel a sailing due to adverse weather is made with the safety of our customers and crew as the number one priority, considering many factors such as wind strength, wave height, tidal conditions and visibility, making the level of disruption difficult to predict in advance.

Our experienced Masters are continuously monitoring the weather, using all the resources available to them in real-time, and we will always try to update you as far as possible in advance of potential service disruption via our service status and @RF_Travel_News

Please bear with us, your safety is always at the forefront of any decision. Priority will be given to customers delayed the longest.

If you have provided a mobile number when booking then you will receive service updates via SMS for your specific sailing.  
We update our service status via our website service status throughout the day, and via our Travel News Twitter feed  @RF_Travel_News.
Alternatively call our Contact Centre on 023 80 019192 having your booking number to hand, for opening hours please click here.

That’s fine! If you choose not to travel as a result of the weather we can amend your sailing by calling us on 023 80 019192, we will waiver amendment fee, but if there is fare difference from moving to a more expensive sailing this may still be payable.

If your sailing has been cancelled due to the weather you are entitled to amend your affected sailing to an alternative date/time.
If you choose to wait at the terminal for the service to resume then priority will be given to customers delayed the longest and we will endeavour to get you away as soon as possible.

If you are unable to contact us but want to travel within the next few hours when our service resumes, you can amend your booking at the terminal subject to availability of space onboard. 
Alternatively please contact us via [email protected], Facebook or @RF_Travel_News with your booking reference number and we will try to get back to you within 24 hours.

In light of suspension of our high-speed service customers can either look to travel on our vehicle ferry service or wait until services resume.
Regrettably, foot passenger tickets are non-refundable.   


If you require assistance during your crossing or with making a booking, please review our passenger assistance section. 

Service Disruption & Claims

Learn about what to do in the event of a service interruption or delay. 

Contact Us

Reach out to the Red Funnel team with any questions, concerns, or feedback about your experience.