Thursday 28 May 2009
The Port of Cork are delighted to announce two further cruise calls in 2009 bringing the total number of calls to a record 56. M.V Boudicca will call in July followed by M.V Athena in September and in total will carry up to 3,000 passengers and crew.
Speaking onboard M.V Norwegian Jade in Cobh today, Captain Michael McCarthy Commercial Manager Port of Cork said; ‘Attracting further liners for 2009 is a great boost for Cork and the region. Our dedicated cruise terminal, the only such facility in Ireland, is proving to be a major attraction to the lines as it facilitates passengers that either wish to walk off the vessel into the historic town of Cobh, or take the train to Cork City or board a bus to visit the many major attractions within Munster.’
The Master of the vessel Captain Trygve Vorren, commenting on his first visit to Cork Harbour, stated that his initial anxiety this morning arriving off the Port with 40 knot winds, were quickly abated by the professionalism of the whole Port Operations staff, and the safe berth into which he was piloted.
The Port of Cork were onboard the Norwegian Jade with school children from Scoil Chill Rhuadhain, Glanmire. The school won the Port of Cork Schools Initiative in April for their project themed ‘Immigration and Emigration to and from Cork Harbour’. As part of the prize they were treated to a tour onboard the liner followed by a harbour tour onboard the Bryan J.
On Sunday last the magnificent M.V Independence of the Seas paid her first visit of the season to Cobh bringing with her blue skies and sunshine. The liner was at maximum capacity carrying 4,300 passengers. Thousands of visitors came out in force to see her berth and to enjoy the free family entertainment on the promenade organised by the Cobh and Harbour Chamber. In August, M.V Independence of the Seas will return again for another overnight stay.
An update cruise liner list for 2009 is available on the Port of Cork website www.portofcork.ie