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Royal Princess cruise ship arrives in Belfast... days before Prince Charles' visit

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 14/05/2015

The Royal Princess, which carries 5,000 passengers and crew, arrives in Belfast Harbour
The Royal Princess, which carries 5,000 passengers and crew, arrives in Belfast Harbour

Ahead of a visit to Northern Ireland by Prince Charles later this month, a 'Royal Princess' has arrived in Belfast.

May marks the beginning of cruise season and today more than 5,000 of her passengers and crew are visiting the city.

The £470m vessel, which was launched by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in 2013, is a flagship of Princess Cruises' fleet and confirms the city's increasing popularity as a cruise destination.

This year, more than 115,000 passengers and crew will travel here from all over the world, supporting Belfast and Northern Ireland's visitor attractions and growing tourism economy.

The 1,083ft long Royal Princess, owned by California-based Princess Cruises, carries around 3,560 passengers and 1,500 crew.

Roy Adair, chief executive at Belfast Harbour, said: "The Royal Princess is one of the largest cruise ships operating in Northern Europe and we are delighted to have worked closely with Princess Cruises over the years to make sure that Belfast is now firmly fixed on their 'must see' list of cities."

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