€500,000 blow as cruise liner departs early

Calls for Galway Harbour Company’s port extension plans to be expediated grew yesterday after the cruise liner, Crystal Symphony, departed Galway Bay earlier than planned due to problems bringing passengers safely ashore resulting in an estimated €500,000 loss to the local economy.

Based in Miami, the 238 metre Crystal Symphony, with 922 passengers and 545 crew on board, came to Galway at around 8am yesterday as part of a seven day tour of Britain and Ireland, which includes stop-offs in Cork, Dublin, and Derry. The ship had been due to moor for the day near Mutton Island, however by 9am it was clear that the choppy waters would mean difficulties in ferrying the passengers ashore.

Following discussions with Galway Harbour representatives, the captain of Crystal Symphony made the decision, in the interest of passenger health and safety and with the threat of further bad weather looming, not to continue attempts and instead to sail on to Cork, eight hours ahead of schedule.


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€500,000 blow as cruise liner departs early

Calls for Galway Harbour Company’s port extension plans to be expediated grew yesterday after the cruise liner, Crystal Symphony, departed Galway Bay earlier than planned due to problems bringing passengers safely ashore resulting in an estimated €500,000 loss to the local economy.


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