"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob Bateman.
Sea Cloud II is a modern cruise ship that combines luxury with all the romance of sail and that was certainly the case this morning when she passed Roches Point, even without sails set.
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The sailing liner is berthed at Ringaskiddy today and according to her schedule will depart for Dublin and a five-day Scottish Isles cruise tomorrow.
The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.
A luxury vessel, she sails under the Maltese flag. The Roman suffix II indicates that she is the company's second ship. She is neither a sister to, nor the successor of, the Sea Cloud (ex Hussar II), but a separate vessel.