The World Cruise Liner
The Galway Harbour Board is delighted to announce the arrival of the residential passenger liner to Galway in July 2013. This decision by the liner owners affirms our long standing belief that Galway city and county had much to offer the cruise passenger and that Galway will become a regular port of destination for the cruise sector on completion of the port proposals.
Chief Executive Éamon Bradshaw said that the cruise business has for a long time been one of the key reasons to the development of Galway as a deep water multimodal port, fit for the 21st century and driving employment into the city and region. Galway is renowned for world famous hospitality and the fact that the residential passenger liner has chosen Galway for a 2 night stay is testimony to the wonderful job Galwegians play in promoting Galway as a tourist destination.
The vessel will anchor at Mutton Island and tender her passengers ashore as the ship is too large to be accommodated in the existing medieval harbour. The World can be accommodated in the new port proposals where the liner could moor and passengers stroll ashore said Harbour Master Captain Brian Sheridan. The World is expected to have 2 nights in Galway providing a much welcomed economic injection into the city. Research shows that Galway can conservatively welcome 35 cruise liners annually with a visitor spin off of €9.9Million, creating sustainable employment in our maritime city.
The vessel is 196m long and 142m high and is capable of operating her twin 7,400HP direct injection turbo charged engines from full ahead to full astern in 50 seconds making her a highly manoeuvrable ship. Her full seagoing speed is 18.7 knots, a gross tonnage of 43,188 tonnes having been launched in March 2002 from her Norwegian shipyard.