Thursday 17 August 2017

Visiting cruise ship is twice length of Croke Park

Pat Ward of Dublin Port and Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises, with Christina Kelly and her Irish wolfhound. Picture: Conor McCabe
Pat Ward of Dublin Port and Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises, with Christina Kelly and her Irish wolfhound. Picture: Conor McCabe
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A luxury cruise ship that is twice the length of Croke Park docked in Dublin Port yesterday.

The 2,850-passenger Solstice Class ship, a star liner of Celebrity Cruises, arrived in Dublin on its maiden voyage.

A troupe of Irish dancers welcomed passengers to Dublin as they disembarked on Ocean Pier 33.

Eclipse is just one of five Solstice Class ships operated by Celebrity, with premium features including a rooftop lawn with real grass, a high-end spa, a professional photo studio and an in-house glass blowing show performed for passengers.

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Because of its size, the ship was 'reversed' stern-first into Dublin Port.

Passengers were given the day to explore the city, which Celebrity Cruises CEO and president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said was fast becoming a top destination for cruisers.

A record 130 ships are expected to bring 200,000 passengers and crew to the city in 2017, according to Dublin Port.

Celebrity Eclipse began its current, 10-day president's cruise from Southampton and will end its Western-European voyage in Iceland.

Irish Independent

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