- First cruise ship to visit Rosslare in 20 years
- Wexford working group wants more cruis ship visits
Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar has become the first cruise ship to visit Rosslare Europort in twenty years.
The visit follows the establishment of a Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, which has been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.
The group has targeted further expansion of cruise ship business at the port. Ambassadors, organised by Wexford County Council Tourism, provided passengers with tourist and other information. samples of local produce were on display to view and taste on the quayside, to the accompaniment of live music,
The Braemar called to Rosslare as part of an 11-day “Closer to Britain and Ireland” itinerary, from Southampton with visits to Dundee, Invergordon, Lerwick, Fingal’s Cave, Dublin, Liverpool, Rosslare Europort and Falmouth.
At 24,344 tonnes and 195 metres, Braemar is the longest vessel to visit Rosslare Europort, with 780 Passengers and 380 crew, many of whom undertook pre-arranged excursions throughout the Wexford Region to Tintern Abbey, Wells House, Kilmore Quay, the Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. The Braemar docked within the harbour at the inner pier with Irish Ferries Pembroke route ferry Isle of Inishmore on the adjacent berth and Stena Line’s Fishguard route ferry, Stena Europe on the outer pier.
Built in 1993 as Cunard Crown Dynasty with an original gross tonnage of 19,089, it was acquired by Fred Olsen in 2008, renamed Braemar,and strecthed with a 31 metre mid-section to o include a lounge and swimming pools and bring capacity up from 729 cabins to 988.
John Lynch General Manager of Rosslare Europort: “we are delighted to welcome the MS Braemar to Rosslare this week. We are fortunate at Rosslare that not only do we have the capacity to operate as a busy commercial port, but we are also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and I believe that there will be many more Cruise Ships that will want to explore the wonders of Wexford and the South East.”
Siobhan O’Neill, Tourism Officer at Wexford County Council said, “We have been working hard with the team at Rosslare Europort to build an exciting Wexford based itinerary for the 850 guests who arrive into Rosslare to ensure that we showcase all that Wexford has to offer during their touring time. They will visit take a panoramic drive through Wexford and visit Tintern Abbery and Colclough Walled Gardens, Wells House and Gardens, Kilmore Quay and the Dunbrody Famine Ship and many other amenities while they are here.
It is important that we ensure the guests and the cruise line enjoy a wonderful warm Wexford experience and that they see first hand the wonders that Wexford has to offer. Work is continuing with the collaborative group on building the Cruise business to Wexford; we have a very strong offering particularly within Ireland’s Ancient East and we aim to capitalise on this as much as possible.” Siobhan concluded.
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