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Largest Cruiseship Caller Visits Warrenpoint Port With Ship Ties to Region

5th August 2022
Biggest cruise caller, as locals line the quayside at Warrenpoint where the cruiseship, Azamara Pursuit made a first call to the Co. Down port this morning
Biggest cruise caller, as locals line the quayside at Warrenpoint where the cruiseship, Azamara Pursuit made a first call to the Co. Down port this morning Credit: Warrenpoint Port-Facebook

The largest ever cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint Port, Azamara Pursuit at 180m in length, was observed by locals lining the quayside as the ship headed up Carlingford Lough this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore

Measuring 30,277 in gross tonnage, the cruiseship built in 2000 and refurbished in 2016, has a capacity of over 700 passengers and 400 crew. The ship is amongst the largest class of cruiseship that can be accommodated in Warrenpoint with the vessel berthing at around 06.00hrs.

Afloat further researched that the Malta-flagged ship had sailed overnight from Belfast Harbour, but the ship had actually remained in port since arrival on Wednesday. This was followed by the cruiseship's departure yesterday evening from the more unusual location of Pollock Dock.

Today's maiden visit to Warrenpoint, aptly has connections in the region, as in 2018, the cruiseship was then the largest ship of its kind to have a refit in Harland & Wolff, Belfast with such work carried out by Newry headquartered outfitting firm, MJM Marine.

The cruiseship operated by US based Azamara Cruise Lines represents the second of three such ships this summer, following World Navigator inaugural visit in late June.

Azamara Pursuit is one of a quartet of R-class cruiseships of the Miami based cruise firm, however the ship as R Eight was also the final of an 8 strong series commissioned for the original operator, Renaissance Cruises that ceased trading in 2001.

An evening departure from Warrenpoint is to take place at approximately 7.30pm this Friday, (5th August) with an arrival tomorrow to Dublin Port from where the ship also made a recent call.

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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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