The MV Astor docked at Foynes Port this Wednesday morning | PICTURE: Cormac Hayes
THE Port of Foynes received a welcome boost this Wednesday with the arrival of the MV Astor which was carrying more than 700 passengers and crew.
The 21,000 tonne vessel which is registered in the Bahamas arrived in Foynes at around 7am having travelled overnight from Glengarrif in West Cork.
The eight-deck ship, which departed from Falmouth in the UK on Monday is due in Killybegs, County Donegal early on Thursday morning.
Around 450 passengers – mainly German nationals – and 300 crew are on board for the cruise around Ireland.
Drone footage recorded by Shanagolden native Cormac Hayes shows a fleet of buses on standby at Foynes Port as the Astor arrived to bring the passengers to tourist attractions across the Mid West.
A spokesperson for Shannon Foynes Port company confirmed the guests were bussed to Limerick city and Killarney while many also took time out to visit the local Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum.
The 176.5m long ship which includes a spa and wellness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna is operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages, which is based in the UK.