Pembroke Dock will play host to visiting ship MS Delphin for the first time on Saturday (30th August). The German owned ocean cruiser will be alongside at Pembroke Port all day, bringing some 480 passengers plus crew to visit the sites of Pembrokeshire. The 16,000 tonne vessel, carrying mainly German speaking travellers on board, is 156m long, with a 6.2m draft.
Although she is not the biggest cruise ship to enter the Haven, following her refit in 1993 MS Delphin boasts all the luxuries of a world class liner. Her current cruise started in Bremerhaven on 21st August and will be visiting the outer Scottish Islands, before continuing her journey towards Pembrokeshire via Londonderry and Dublin. She will arrive back to Bremerhaven on the 2nd September.
Sue Blanchard Williams, from the Port of Milford Haven who manages cruise visits says Milford Haven remains a firm favourite for liners sailing around the UK and Ireland.
“Saturday will see quayside events laid on throughout the day for the visitors. There’ll be classic car displays, tours of the outstanding Heritage Museum in the Docks, as well as local dancers and birds of prey on show,” said Sue. “The amount of money visiting cruise ships bring makes a real difference to the local economy with thousands spent by the passengers and crew during their stay,” she added. “Excursions to some of the 15 fantastic castles here in Pembrokeshire, to St Davids and some of the most stunning locations in the National Park make this a memorable stop for visitors.”
MS Delphin is one of eight cruise visits to the Port this year. For more information on cruise facilities at the Port of Milford Haven and dates for the remaining calls in 2014 visit www.mhpa.co.uk/cruise