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Record number of Cruise Ships visiting in September 12 September 2007

Next Saturday 15 September the Isle of Man will welcome the MS Astor cruise ship. Arriving from Dublin, the 176m long, 20,000 ton vessel, carrying 650 passengers and 300 crew is scheduled to berth in Douglas at 07.00, as part of a 14 night Transocean Cruise. The ship last visited the Island in 1997 and was scheduled to open the 2007 cruise season in May, but the visit had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

The ship is carrying mostly German passengers who will be coming ashore by tender and be welcomed by representatives from the Department of Tourism and Leisure. They will be taking organised tours to the Laxey Wheel and the Woollen Mills, Tynwald Hill, Cregneash village and Castle Rushen before departing for Belfast at 23.30.

On Monday 17 September the Isle of Man will welcome back the MS Bremen, which last visited the Island in 2002. The ship is on a 16 day Hapag Lloyd “Sentinels of Light” Cruise looking at some of Europe’s historical nautical signposts (lighthouses). The ship, carrying 184 mostly German passengers and 85 crew, is 111m long and weighs 6,700 tonnes. The passengers will visit Cregneash, Castle Rushen and the Maritime Museum before departing for Waterford at 18.00 hours.

September has also seen the return of the MS Saga Rose, which carried 520 passengers to the Island on Friday 7 September and is scheduled to visit again in June 2008. The elegant MS Deutschland also made a return visit on Sunday 9 September, carrying 500 German passengers on a 14 night Peter Deilmann cruise around the British Isles.

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

‘We have worked very hard to attract this record number of cruise ships visiting the Island during September. We will have welcomed several hundred passengers and crew to our shores in the last few weeks alone who will have undoubtedly savoured their introduction to our unique heritage, culture and scenery.’

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