Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Milford Haven's Princess Debut

The Princess Cruises ship Ocean Princess makes her debut in Pembrokeshire today as she arrives in the Milford Haven Waterway, where the fast-growing Port of Milford Haven has been busy preparing to host the arrival of around 680 passengers on a cruise around the coasts of Ireland, Wales and Scotland. 

One of Princess’ smaller ships at 592ft long and 30,000 tons, Ocean Princess has sailed around some of the world’s most exotic destinations and will be at the Port from 8am to 5pm before moving on to Dublin and Rosyth.

Cruise Development Officer at the Port of Milford Haven, Sue Blanchard-Williams, is looking forward to welcoming passengers. She said: “Pembrokeshire is a fantastic port of call with its world famous coastline and some of the richest cultural landmarks in Wales. The ships come because the port is perfectly located for the best that West Wales has to offer. Historic castles, long sandy beaches, wildlife or retail, it’s all right here on our doorstep.”

The Port of Milford Haven is leading the promotion of Pembrokeshire as a cruising destination, providing a fantastic boost to the local economy. In 2012, almost 3,000 cruise passengers came ashore, spending more than £200,000 in Pembrokeshire alone.

Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises UK director, said: "Princess is known for its great destinations so we’re thrilled we’ve been able to add Milford Haven, another fantastic British port, to our holiday offering. With more than 150 different itineraries to choose from, Princess passengers can cover the globe, with sailings to all seven continents that call at more than 300 ports and destinations around the world.”

The next cruise call at Milford Haven will be on August 7 before the return of Ocean Princess on August 28.