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Another busy week for Belfast cruise ships

By Sue Doherty

Belfast's busiest ever cruise ship season continues apace, with another hectic week ahead.

Sailing in the wake of Belfast's Titanic Maritime Festival, a number of cruise ships are visiting the city this week.

Two vessel, a tall ship called Sea Cloud II and the massive Caribbean Princess arrive on Thursday.

Nobel Caledonia's Sea Cloud II is the most singular cruise ship calling to Belfast this year. The boutique vessel is a large barque catering to upmarket tourists and carrying around 100 passengers and 60 crew.

The Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity of more than 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew.. This ship is due to make 12 visits to Belfast this year, bringing as many as 52,500 visitors.

On Tuesday, Belfast played host to the M/V Corinthian. This is the first year that the  4,077 tonne Grand Circle Cruise line vessel has called to Belfast and the ship is due to call here 11 times this season, bringing 98 passengers and 70 crew each time.

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