The largest cruise ship to ever visit the port of Warrenpoint, Azamara Pursuit at 180m in length, was watched by locals lining the quay as the ship headed for Carlingford Lough this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore
Measuring 30,277 gross tons, the cruise ship, built in 2000 and renovated in 2016, has a capacity of more than 700 passengers and 400 crew members. The ship is among the largest class of cruise ships that can be accommodated at Warrenpoint, with the ship docking around 06:00.
Afloat further investigated that the Maltese-flagged vessel had sailed overnight from the port of Belfast, but the vessel had in fact remained in port since arriving on Wednesday. This was followed by the departure of the cruise ship last night from the more unusual Pollock Dock location.
Today’s first visit to Warrenpoint has many ties to the region as in 2018 the cruise ship was then the largest ship of its type to be refitted at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, with such works carried out by the outfitting company based in Newry, MJM Marine. .
The cruise ship operated by US-based Azamara Cruise Lines represents the second of three such ships this summer, following World Navigator’s inaugural visit in late June.
Azamara Pursuit is one of a quartet of R-class cruise ships from the Miami-based cruise company, but the ship as R Eight was also the last in a series of 8 people ordered for the operator. origin, Renaissance Cruises, which ceased operations in 2001.
An evening departure from Warrenpoint is due around 7.30pm this Friday (August 5) with arrival tomorrow at Dublin Port from where the ship also made a recent stopover.