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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Luxury cruise ship on its way to Barrow

MORE than 700 holidaymakers will be heading to Barrow on a luxury 12-night cruise of “beautiful Britain”.

The P&O ship will dock in the Port of Barrow on June 22 at 7.30am and depart at 7.30pm.

The occasion is set to provide a boost for the borough and wider area, as the 710 passengers, each paying up to £1,500, will be encouraged to sample local attractions.

Local taxi company A1 Cars will be operating private Lake District tours, and shuttle buses will run between the quayside and Barrow Town Hall.

In addition, a free heritage bus service will ferry the tourists to Furness Abbey and the Dock Museum.

And in a touch of pomp and ceremony, they will be bidden farewell with a quayside performance from Dalton Town Band as the ship, named Adonia, sails away from berth four.

A cruise last stopped in Barrow in June 2009 when the ship Tahitian Princess paid a visit.

Councillor Colin Thomson, Barrow Borough Council spokesman for leisure and tourism, said: “That one was a real success and it’s going to be fantastic for the town again.

“Businesses will reap the benefits and it will show the tourists what we have got to offer, which is a lot.”

On its round-trip from Southampton, the ship will dock at Galway and Greencastle in Ireland, Stornoway and Greenock in Scotland, Douglas on the Isle of Man, Barrow and Guernsey.

Publicity for the cruise says: “Disembarking passengers and crew at Barrow can be assured of a warm Cumbrian welcome of musical entertainment and stalls selling souvenirs and local crafts”.

P&O is promoting numerous ideas for activities, including Piel Island, South Lakes Safari Zoo, Cumbria Karting and Roanhead, and further afield, Muncaster Castle and Windermere Lakes Cruises.

The 2009 cruise to Barrow generated lots of happy customers.

Brits Liz and Keith Frost said: “It was the talk of the ship at dinner that evening and many people around us (all Americans) said they would be coming back as the area could not be covered in one day.

“It also seemed that quite a few people spent considerable sums of money whilst ashore which can’t be bad for the local economy.”

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