Warrenpoint Harbour Authority has just announced its cruise schedule for 2023 with four ships stopping at the seaside town this summer.
The Waverley, the oldest seafaring paddle steamer, is the first visitor on Tuesday 30th May. The ship is offering the unique opportunity for 600 people locally to travel on board for a sunset cruise from Warrenpoint. The tickets for this event sold out within 24 hours, making it one of the fastest selling cruises ever for Waverley.
The Waverley is followed by Le Champlain on Saturday 3rd June on its ‘Celtic Secrets and Landscapes’ 8-day cruise. This will be Le Champlain’s first cruise call to Warrenpoint, as will it be for the World Traveller, which in due in on Tuesday 6th June. These two newcomers will be followed by The Azamara Pursuit on Thursday 15th June on its second call to Warrenpoint. The Azamara Pursuit will have up to 800 passengers on board its ‘Intensive Ireland’ tour.
David Holmes, CEO of Warrenpoint Harbour said, “We are delighted to be welcoming four cruise calls to Warrenpoint this year following a successful return post-pandemic for cruise ships to the Port last year. It is great to see three new ships coming in to experience the County Down welcome.
“We are especially pleased to have the Waverley sailing from the Port with 600 passengers onboard for a sunset cruise. The town has really engaged with this event, as it has extended the Blues on the Bay Festival which was originally due to finish on Monday 29th. There will be a blues band on board and lots of entertainment in the town pre and post the cruise.
“It is a testament to the experience that the Azamara Pursuit had on its last visit that it has decided to return this year, and we will have a warm welcome in place for the new ships visiting – Le Champlain and The World Traveller. There will be lots of opportunities for local people to see the cruise ships sailing in and out of the Port. Exact timings will be shared on Warrenpoint Port’s social channels as soon as they are available.
“This is also an opportunity for us to showcase again our local talent which was really popular with cruise guests last year including, for example, performances from The McAvoy School of Dancing. This community involvement is very important to us.”
Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Cllr Michael Savage stated, “We are thrilled to have these cruise ships visiting our destination. These visits showcase Warrenpoint as a premier destination for cruise ships and maritime enthusiasts.
“The arrival of these cruise ships will allow visitors to experience the history, heritage and cultural traditional of the region, providing a boost to our local economy. Guests will be greeted with warm hospitality and a vibrant atmosphere showcasing the best of what Warrenpoint and the destination has to offer.”
These cruise calls are facilitated by Armagh Logistics, Hamilton Shipping and GAC Services. To keep up to date with arrival and departure times for the ships, please follow Warrenpoint Port on social media.