The cruise ship season has begun in the province as the liner Royal Princess docks in Belfast this morning for the start of another busy summer.
Carrying more than 5,000 passengers and crew – many of whom will embark on a variety of shore excursions – its visit marks the official start of another bumper cruise tourism season for the city.
As the largest vessel scheduled to dock in Belfast harbour this year, the Royal Princess signals a shift towards much larger cruise vessels arriving in Belfast.
More than 115,000 passengers and crew are expected from around the world, supporting Belfast and Northern Ireland’s world-class visitor attractions and growing tourism economy.
Harbour CEO Roy Adair said: “We are delighted to have worked closely with Princess Cruises over the years to make sure that Belfast is now firmly fixed on their “must see” list of cities.”
Visit Belfast CEO Gerry Lennon said: “The success of Cruise Belfast is vitally important to our growing tourism economy as it brings significant numbers of first time visitors to not only Belfast but the wider Northern Ireland region. The arrival of a cruise ship, provides a substantial boost to business for our visitor attractions, tour operators, transport and hospitality providers.