Cruise ship re­turns to Kil­more Quay

Wexford People - - NEWS -

KIL­MORE QUAY will wel­come vis­i­tors from the cruise ship, the Ocean Ad­ven­turer to­day (Tues­day), al­most three years to the day af­ter the first ship docked off the quay.

The ship is ac­tu­ally the same ves­sel that an­chored off Kil­more in 2015, although its name has been changed in the years since that visit. The ship stopped off in Dun­more East ear­lier in the morn­ing, drop­ping pas­sen­gers off keen to ex­plore the south-east coast be­fore link­ing back up with their fel­low pas­sen­gers.

Se­nior Marine Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Phil Mur­phy said he had been work­ing hard, for many years, on draw­ing such cruise ships to­wards the Kil­more coast, say­ing that it was an ideal lo­ca­tion for ships that op­er­ated in this more niche mar­ket.

‘Be­cause these ships are smaller, they can get closer to ar­eas like Kil­more and they op­er­ate in a more niche mar­ket. They tend to look for places out­side of the big ci­ties where they can ex­plore vil­lages and wildlife.’

‘It’s a mat­ter of build­ing a good re­la­tion­ship with the com­pa­nies but it is a slow burn. The cruise op­er­a­tors are al­ways look­ing for new ar­eas to go so it’s good to see them com­ing back to us. The ship has about 100 pas­sen­gers but they would be peo­ple with high spend­ing power. The knock-on ef­fect is that it en­cour­ages peo­ple to add the south-east to their itin­er­ary for fu­ture trips to Ire­land.’

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