‘THE MAUD’ cruise vessel, from the Norwegian cruise line company Hurtigruten, arrived into the Port of Waterford from The Isle of Man with some 528 passengers on board recently.
The vessel is the first to visit the port in over two years and is named after one of the most famous polar vessels, explorer Roald Amundsen’s ‘Maud’ from 1917.
The Port of Waterford Company, along with Harbour Master Capt Darren Doyle, offered a warm Waterford welcome to the vessel and her captain on her maiden voyage, with a presentation of a Waterford Crystal Ships decanter.
a much anticipated day
Commenting on the return of cruise business to the Port Capt Doyle said: “We are delighted to again welcome cruise vessels back to the Port of Waterford. This has been a much anticipated day as it has been over two years since we waved goodbye to our last cruise vessel.
“We look forward to welcoming some 27 cruise vessels between now and the end of September with a total of 35,000 passengers and 16,000 crew members which will all deliver a much-needed boost to the regional tourism economy to the tune of €3,500,000 this summer.”