the Maud not only made its maiden voyage at the Port of Waterford, but – due to the Covid-19 travel disruption – it is also the first cruise ship in over two years to be welcomed into the port.
the Maud expedition cruise ship, of the Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten, will depart from the Isle of Man with 528 passengers on board and 300 crew. the Maud named after a polar ship by Roald Amundsen Maudfrom 1917.
The Port of Waterford Company, along with Harbor Master Captain Darren Doyle, welcomed the ship and her captain on her maiden voyage to Waterford with a presentation of a Waterford Crystal Ships Decanter.
the Maud will make nine more visits to the Port of Waterford this summer, and it will berth at Belview Port, while others will berth at Frank Cassin Wharf and Dunmore East, where passengers will disembark by tender.
The passengers of Maud will visit Waterford Crystal, the Waterford Treasures Museum at the Viking Triangle, Lismore, the Copper Coast and the city of Kilkenny.
Waterford will also welcome one of the largest vessels in the industry this year, as the $900 million Celebrity Summit ship visits in June, July and August, with over 3,000 passengers each time. The ship was completed in May 2019 and will make its first port call in Waterford this summer.
Declaration of the harbor master
Harbor Master Doyle said: “We are delighted to welcome cruise ships back to the Port of Waterford. This day was much anticipated, as it has been over two years since we said goodbye to our last cruise ship.
“We look forward to welcoming some 27 cruise ships by the end of September, with a total of 35,000 passengers and 16,000 crew members, all of which will provide a much-needed boost to the region’s tourism economy, up to €3,500,000. this summer.”
Statement from the Chief Executive of the Port of Waterford
Port of Waterford Chief Executive Frank Ronan said: “Today is a momentous day. This is the day we begin to rebuild the Port of Waterford Company’s strong cruise business from before the pandemic. The team here have been hard at work delivering a ship schedule for the region this summer, and now that cruise business is back on the seas, it provides us with even more opportunities to grow Waterford business and of all the south-eastern region in the future.
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