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First Cruiseship Welcomed at Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan

23rd July 2015
First Cruiseship Welcomed at Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan

#FirstforCairnryan - Loch Ryan Port constructed in Cairnryan, Scotland for Stena Line in 2011 has just welcomed its first cruise ship, writes The Galloway Gazette.

The Hebridean Princess visited Cairnryan Port last week (on 15 June) with 33 passengers and 37 crew on board.

Stena Line's Captain George Combe had the pleasure of piloting the vessel during her short stay and her passengers enjoyed a trip to the Logan Botanic Gardens.

As referred previously on Afloat.ie, Hebridean Princess visited Dublin Port in 2011 (see photo) and in previous years she was chartered in 2006 and 2010 to Queen Elizabeth II for a 'family holiday' around the Scottish Islands to mark her 80th birthday.

The Galloway Gazette adds that Hebridean Princess was launched RMS Columba in 1964 and took up the Isle Of Mull service and the interiors were designed by a young Scottish designer, John McNeece, who was to go on to design the interiors of numerous cruise ships over the next 40 years.

For more on this historic inaugural cruise call to Cairnryan of the former Caledonian MacBrayne carferry, click here.

Prior to her call to the Scottish port, Hebridean Princess is understood to have visited Dublin Port recently. Likewise of her call to the capital in 2011, the small ship docked along Sir John Rogersons Quay.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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