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Island to welcome two cruise ships this week 30 August 2005

    TWO luxury cruise ships are calling at Douglas this week.

    The MS Prinsendam will anchor in Douglas Bay on Tuesday (August 30) enabling more than 700 passengers and up to 400 crew to explore the Island. The Holland America four star ship is on a two week cruise which started in Amsterdam and will take in ports around the British Isles and Ireland.

    On Saturday (September 3) the five star MS Seabourn Pride will sail into the port with up to 200 passengers on board as part of a 21-day cruise which starts in London on August 28. Passengers will call at Falmouth, Waterford and Dublin before visiting the Isle of Man, and will go on to Londonderry, Newfoundland, Halifax and Cape Cod before docking in New York.

    Tourism Minister David Cretney commented:

    ‘I am delighted that two prestigious ships will be calling at the Island’s capital next week and look forward, along with other members of my Department, to giving passengers and crew a warm Manx welcome. I am sure that the hospitality industry and retailers of the Isle of Man will join me in this opportunity to welcome the passengers on both days.
    ‘Both the Holland America and Seabourn cruise lines are part of the Carnival Corporation which is the biggest cruise company in the world, and the fact they are sending two ships to the Isle of Man in quick succession is a reflection of the Island’s desirability as a cruise destination. The Island’s position as a port of call will be further strengthened by the appointment of Mrs Pamela Crowe MLC to take on responsibility for cruise ships, and demonstrates our commitment to developing this market,’ Mr Cretney added.

    Both ships are making their first visit to the Island, although the MS Prisendam came previously as the Royal Viking Sun in 1996. Mr Cretney will therefore present both ships’ captains with a plaque to commemorate the inaugural visit of the ships, while DTL staff will be on hand to provide information and Manx souvenirs to the passengers.

    Both ships will leave the Isle of Man at 5pm.

    30th August 2005

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