Last of the summer cruise liners calls to Foynes

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The MS Prinsendam, the Holland America cruise liner which arrived in Foynes this Tuesday
FOYNES is becoming very adept at handling large numbers of cruise-ship visitors. And this Tuesday was no different.

FOYNES is becoming very adept at handling large numbers of cruise-ship visitors. And this Tuesday was no different.

The Ms Prinsendam, a Holland-America cruise line, arrived in Foynes from Galway early this Tuesday with over 800 passengers on board. Billed by the company as “our most intimate” cruise-ship, the Prinsendam “gives guests the feel of a classic yacht with the spaciousness of a cruise ship.”

And with just hours to get a flavour of Limerick, the passengers were met on board by a representative of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and received material about other local attractions.

“The Museum was busy all day,” office manager Caroline Diffley said. Young musicians from Shanagolden Comhaltas Ceoltoiri branch were drafted in to add to the atmosphere and played their hearts out throughout the day.

In addition, Ms Diffley explained, they invited Limerick Genealogy to come to Foynes for the day, giving would-be family historians a chance to get started on family trees.

“This is our fourth cruise ship this year. We were expecting five in all but this is now the last of the seaon.

“For us in the museum, it means a lot of extra business but the cruise-ships also bring a lot of extra business to the village and the general area.”

Some of the passengers, she explained, headed for Limerick city, using local taxis. Others visited show-gardens in Knockpatrick and Loughill.

“They are buying in the local shops, eating in the local pubs. It leaves a lot of business,” Ms Diffley said before adding. “There is a great buzz.”