National Geographic flagship in Dingle
Published 21/05/2014 | 05:36
THE CAMERAS were out in force last Friday as a colossal ship dropped its anchor at the entrance to Dingle Harbour.
The ship, which seemed to dwarf Dingle Lighthouse, also attracted the interest of Fungie the Dolphin who inquisitively swam around its hull, eager to decipher who had parked in his patch.
The ship in question was the National Geographic Explorer Nassau: an expedition ship that is equipped to carry 96 guests in 56 cabins. The vessel is equipped with a range of exploration tools, a glass-bottom area to allow guests survey the sea beneath and amenities such as a fitness centre, a spa and a swimming pool.
National Geographic has a fleet of vessels which circumnavigate the globe, visiting different parts of the world and the Explorer is its flagship.
This particular vessel was travelling around Ireland and the British Isles and passengers made their way into Dingle on Friday visiting the Dingle Distillery and Dick Mack's pub.
The ship left late on Friday before heading for Inishowen on Saturday.
The National Geographic Explorer's other itineraries include Africa's West Coast, Morocco, Greenland, Cape Verde, Iceland, Holland, Belgium, the Arctic Circle, Norway's Fjords, Canada, Patagonia, Brazil and Patagonia.