THE world's largest cruise liner got a traditional Irish wet welcome into Dun Laoghaire.
Howling winds and pouring rain met the 3,000 passengers as they disembarked the Queen Mary 2 on the latest leg of the journey that will bring them all around Europe.
But the weather didn't deter the tourists who made the most of their 11 hours in Dublin. It is hoped the one day stopover will generate €1m for the economy.
The QM2 – the longest, tallest and most expensive liner ever built – was greeted to a piper and traditional Irish music. Passengers were brought on trips to Powerscourt Estate, Dublin city centre's river cruise, the Guinness Storehouse, the Wicklow mountains and St Kevin's monastic site.