The second cruise ship of the 2015 summer season arrived in Galway Bay on Wednesday, with hundreds of passengers visiting the city and embarking on sightseeing tours.
With over 600 passengers and 300 plus crew on board, the Amadea arrived in the bay shortly before 6am with all passengers back on board by 5pm the same day.
Hundreds of passengers were brought ashore on a tender (small craft) by 11am – some opted to stay and shop in the city, with others taking tours to Connemara or Clare.
The Amadea had made its way from Iceland with Galway the first of its two Irish stops – the second taking place in the Cork port of Cobh.
A third cruise liner of the season, due to arrive in Galway Bay this Saturday, has been cancelled, with the next arrival – the Prinsendam – due to visit city on June 12.
After that, three further cruise lines are due to anchor in the bay – the Adonia on June 19; the Hanseatic on June 22; and the biggest of the season, the Crystal Serenity (over 1,000 passengers), on August 4.
However Galway Harbour Master, Captain Brian Sheridan, told the Galway City Tribune that cruise line business currently coming to Galway was only the tip of iceberg in terms of the business that would come with the port development.
“When the new port comes on stream, there is a massive potential for expansion of the whole cruise line business. The companies want to be able to moor at a port rather than having to use a tender,” said Capt Sheridan.
For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune