First cruise ship to visit port in twenty years
Port and tourism interests working together to bring more cruise ships to Wexford
Rosslare Europort will welcome the Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar this Thursday (14th July) to Co Wexford, as it becomes the first cruise ship to visit the port in twenty years.
At 195 metres in length, it is also the longest vessel to visit Rosslare Europort, and it is hoped that the visit will be the first of many to promote County Wexford as a cruise destination and area to visit.
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, will provide Passengers with tourist and other information. On the quayside, to the accompaniment of live music, samples of local produce will be on display to view and taste.
The Braemar calls to Rosslare as part of an 11-day “Closer to the UK and Ireland” itinerary, from Southampton with visits to Dundee, Invergordon, Lerwick, Fingal’s Cave, Dublin, Liverpool, Rosslare Europort and Falmouth.
On board will be 780 Passengers and 380 crew, many of whom will undertake 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.
General Manager of Rosslare Europort John Lynch said: “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.”
Commenting on the arrival of the the Braemar Siobhan O’Neill, Tourism Officer at Wexford County Council said, “We are delighted to welcome the Braemar to Wexford. 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.
MS Braemar is due to dock on Thursday at 08.30hrs, departing at 16.30hrs.