A breath of fresh air can at long last be availed from off the Irish capital as operator Dublin Bay Cruises opened today albeit with a later start this season due to Covid19 restrictions, writes Jehan Ashmore
According to Dublin Bay Cruises, over recent weeks they have put preparation in place to implement various measures regarding social distancing and hand hygiene on board their excursion vessel St. Bridget. Originally, the season on Dublin Bay was to have launched on St. Patrick's Day.
DBC are confident that passengers will be able to relax and enjoy the views and that sea breeze that we have all so longed for so much over the past three months.
Up until then St. Bridget wintered in Dublin Port (Grand Canal Dock Basin) and Afloat latterly spotted in Dun Laoghaire Harbour alongside St. Micheal's Wharf.
Also in Dun Laoghaire at the nearby East Pier, this morning saw the first scheduled cruise depart. In total there are five cruises as part of a network, that take in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Howth Harbour and views of Ireland's Eye. In addition a cruise off Dalkey Island but only departing Dun Laoghaire.
For further details of each cruise route consult online.
Due to Covid-19, DBC had to adapt to a different sailing schedule than normal. There will be strict social distancing measures on board, hence a significant reduction in passenger capacity to ensure the health and safety of all customers. For this reason, the operator advise booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
In recent weeks, Afloat tracked St. Bridget make preparatory sailings throughout Dublin Bay and transits through Dalkey Sound leading to Killiney Bay.
The former Aran Islands passenger ferry when named Galway Bay, also served as part of a career along the western seaboard to Inishbofin off Co. Galway. As St.Bridget, the vessel still retains it's west of Ireland origins given Galway is the port of registry.
A deployment to the East coast of the former ferry began almost a decade ago on this venture which has so far taken thousands of Irish and overseas tourists onto the impressive Bay. How many other European capitals can boost such an asset.