#CruiseLiners - The biggest cruise season in Belfast Port took place last year and 2018 is set to be even busier as cruiseships call in several months time, writes Jehan Ashmore.
A total of 94 cruise ships according to Belfast Harbour Commissioners, had docked with over 156,000 passengers visiting the city and beyond.
The largest and longest cruiseship visitor Regal Princess at 330m as previously reported on Afloat docked alongside Stormont Wharf Extension. The wharf's extension which was completed in recent years is just 20m longer than the cruiseship which demonstrates such large sized cruiseships.
On board were 3,600 passengers who had sailed overnight from Greenock, Scotland as part of a 26 day Copenhagen to New York Cruise. The cruise included visits to locations in Russia, Norway, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Other large callers last season included another Princess Cruises giant, the 'Grand Class' Caribbean Princess and rivals Celberity Cruises whose 'Soltice' class Celebrity Eclipse made an appearance. Asides these big brand names, other operators were Silversea, Majestic, Fred Olsen and relative newcomer Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV).
A list of cruise callers visiting Belfast this season will according to the BHC website will be made available soon through this link.