US Consul General Belfast Paul Narain joined Cruise Belfast representatives on Tuesday 2 August to welcome the Island Princess on its first visit to Belfast. The 92,000-tonne ‘floating retreat’ arrived into Belfast on day four of a 14-day round trip of the Scottish Highlands, Irish counties and British Isles. Approximately 2,200 cruise visitors and 900 crew members, many of whom are from the United States, are travelling aboard the Island Princess.
The arrival of the Island Princess is the 83rd cruise call to Belfast Harbour this season, and one of 15 visits by Princess Cruises. Since the cruise operator first called into Belfast in 2001, it is estimated that Princess Cruises has brought over half a million visitors to the city. This is the 133rd visit by a Princess Cruises ship.
In keeping with maritime tradition, plaques were exchanged between the ship’s captain, Captain Lorentzen, and port and city officials.
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