Monday 21 October 2019

Ocean liner QM2 docks in Dublin

The RMS Queen Mary II makes her maiden visit to Dun Laoghaire
The RMS Queen Mary II makes her maiden visit to Dun Laoghaire
The Queen Mary II is the flagship of the Cunard cruise fleet

One of the world's largest ocean liners has berthed off the coast of Dun Laoghaire.

At 1,132ft (345m), the RMS Queen Mary II is among the longest and most expensive passenger cruise ships in operation and the flagship of the Cunard fleet.

It is made up of 14 decks, including a 3D cinema and planetarium, and carries about 2,600 passengers.

The Queen Mary II is making its maiden visit to Dun Laoghaire and is the first of 14 ships to use the port this year, bringing more than 30,000 cruise passengers, and an income of 3 million euro to the south Dublin region.

The liner docked for the day about 1.2 nautical miles offshore from the old coal harbour at the west pier.

The ship departed Greenock in Scotland for Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday evening and will continue back across the Irish Sea to Holyhead and Liverpool tonight followed by visits to Invergordon, Stavanger in Norway and then Hamburg in Germany.

Don McManus, chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association, said the ship's arrival marked a new beginning for the port town.

"The Queen Mary II alone will generate a spend in the region of 400,000 euro for the area. We have big plans to continue with the rapid development of the lucrative cruise market in the coming months and year," he said.

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