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Cruise Ship MV Island Sky to visit next week 1 June 2007

Next Thursday 7 June the Isle of Man will welcome the MV Island Sky cruise ship. Arriving from Dublin, the 90m long, 4,200 ton vessel, carrying up to 160 passengers and crew, is scheduled to berth in Douglas at 07.00, as part of a British Isles cruise visiting fabled lands and wild shores. This is the ship’s inaugural visit.

The ship is carrying mostly American passengers from study groups including The Smithsonian, Harvard Alumni Association, American Museum of Natural History and the Commonwealth Club Travel and they are on a 13 day tour of the British Isles.

Organised guided tours have been arranged and will include a visit to Tynwald Hill, Cregneash village and Castle Rushen. The tour groups are accompanied by two principal study leaders who are experts in their fields, Captain Alfred S McLaren and Cassandra Hannahs. During their visit the ship will be presented with a plaque to mark the occasion of its first call to the Island.

Geoff Corkish MBE MHK and political member of the Department of Tourism and Leisure said:

‘I am so looking forward to welcoming this splendid cruise ship on her first visit. The Island looks forward to welcoming her Captain and crew, and, most importantly, her passengers to view our Island’s heritage. I am sure her passengers will enjoy their tour of the Island. The Isle of Man is steeped in history and I hope they will take away with them an appreciation of our unique culture.’

The MV Island Sky will depart for Portrush in Northern Ireland at 6.00 pm and is scheduled to return on two occasions during 2008, including a planned call at Peel.

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