Ms Queen Victoria Cunard.
Sunday will be an emotional day for Donegal woman Nuala O’Donnell as she docks in Killybegs on the Cunard liner Queen Victoria.
Fintown woman Nuala is the third officer on the giant liner and is making her maiden voyage on the vessel.
It’ll be a special day for her as she’ll get to dock the magnificent ship into her home harbour of Killybegs.
The liner, the biggest to dock in Killybegs, is captained by Waterford native Captain Tomás Connery.
Queen Victoria and her sister ship Queen Elizabeth are both visiting Killybegs this summer and will be the biggest cruise ships to dock there.
Both ships are 294 metres in length, just six metres shorter than the pier at Killybegs. Queen Victoria has a capacity of 2,014 passengers. Queen Elizabeth, which will be in port on July 20th, can carry 2,077 passengers.
The vessels are two of a total of 15 cruise ships due to visit Killybegs during this year’s cruise season.
It is estimated 20,000 passengers will visit Killybegs on cruise ships this summer.
Four cruise liners will visit Killybegs in the next eighty days. Silver Muse is visiting today and after the visit of Queen Victoria on Sunday, Hanseatic will visit on Monday and Prinsendam will be in the port on Friday.
Guests on board the luxury liner will be enjoying a 13-night tour of the British Isles, visiting some of the most remote and picturesque landscapes in and around the Emerald Isle. Starting this Saturday from Southampton, Queen Victoria will visit Cork Monday, followed by Dublin on Thursday before making her maiden call on Sunday, 20 May at Killybegs. Queen Victoria will then head to Belfast on Monday 21 May before continuing her voyage.
In 2017 Queen Victoria underwent an extensive €39 million refurbishment, which saw the
addition of an exquisite lido sun deck for sun seekers as well as a stunning Winter Garden,
refreshed and enhanced for guests looking to relax while looking out over some of the best
views at sea. The distinctive Cunard elegance remained with many of the design cues taken
from previous Cunard ships, such as the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.