This summer three cruise ships in total will dock in Warrenpoint following the spectacularly successful visit of the very first one, the Saga Pearl in 2014.

Last Friday the Hebridean Princess arrived in the harbour and it will be followed by the MS Bremen on 14 June and the return of Saga Pearl II on the 13 July.

It’s all down to Cruise Warrenpoint, a collaboration between local councillors, council officials and port officials to promote cruise ship visits to the port.

Saga Pearl II leaves Warrenpoint in 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Saga Pearl II leaves Warrenpoint in 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Hebridean Princess is a small exclusive, 2,000-ton vessel that began life as the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry.  This vessel now sets the benchmark for luxury, child-free cruising with perfectly formed cabins fitted out to the standard of stately homes.  Perhaps this is why Her Majesty the Queen has chartered the Hebridean Princess for family holidays in the past.

Passengers are free to enjoy the all-inclusive luxury while on board and are attended by crew members on a one to one basis to ensure that guests receive exceptionally high standards on board and ashore.

Councillor Mickey Ruane, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said, “I am delighted to welcome the 5 star Hebridean Princess on its first visit to Warrenpoint.  This is exciting news and exciting times for the area and is something that we are working hard to build upon. Hopefully, the occurrence of cruise ships in Warrenpoint Port will be a regular event in the future.”

To mark Saga Pearl’s second stopover, a celebratory event will take place on the evening of the 13th in Warrenpoint.

For more information on the ships, their arrival and departure times, please like the ‘Cruise Warrenpoint’ facebook page, or contact Newry Visitor Information Centre Tel: 028 3031 3170.

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