North West Evening Mail Thursday, 21 May 2009
A GIANT cruise liner is due to sail into Barrow tomorrow and bring hundreds of people to the town.
The Tahitian Princess will have almost 700 passengers, many of them Americans, and 400 crew aboard when it docks at around 10am.
Barrow will be the ship’s only English stop during its voyage from Russia to Ireland.
Many of the passengers are due to be taken by bus to see tourist attractions in the Lake District and some are expected to divert to Ulverston to see the new Laurel and Hardy statue.
Some passengers are also expected to go to Barrow town centre and to visit attractions like Furness Abbey and the Dock Museum.
The nine-deck, 30,000-tonne liner is due back in Barrow in the early hours of Tuesday, after picking up a new consignment of passengers in Ireland.
The ship is owned by the world’s biggest cruise company, Carnival Cruises, and run by Princess Cruises.
It is on a 12-day tour called Emerald Isles and Russian Splendours.
A spokesman for Cumbria Tourism said: “A major Furness fanfare is being planned on the quayside at Barrow to show off the town’s position as a gateway to Cumbria and the Lake District.
“Passengers will be given a welcome to remember.
“There will be quayside brass bands entertaining passengers, a town crier and Morris dancers as well as handy services like currency exchange, local produce and crafts.
Barrow’s mayor, Councillor Dorothy Dawes, will be boarding the ship to present a commemorative plaque to the captain as part of the official welcome.
Cab firm A1 taxis is offering whistlestop tours from the dockside.
Both ship visits have involved Cumbria Cruise Steering Group, a partnership of organisations which includes Cumbria Tourism, Barrow Borough Council, Associated British Ports and Barrow Vision, the new organisation formed from urban regeneration company West Lakes Renaissance.
Richard Greenwood, director of development at Cumbria Tourism, said: “This is the first cruise ship to come to Barrow since 2006 so everyone is excited by the chance to showcase that Barrow is the gateway to Furness and the Lake District.”
Ann Taylforth, the council’s town centre and festivals manager, said: “The tourist information centre has already been busy with inquiries from passengers and handling agents.
“These visits are a great boost for the town and its economy