Local food suppliers such as Ballymaloe, Belvelly Smokehouse, Eve’s Chocolates and Millstreet Country Park Venison provided the food as residents planned their itinerary over the coming days.
According to the vessel’s website, they can enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour and whiskey tasting session at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton this evening.
They may also chose to travel on to the luxury five-star Castlemartyr Resort for a sumptuous dinner afterwards.
They also have the option of a bus tour of Cork city, taking in the Cork Gaol Heritage Centre, Blackrock Observatory, City Hall, viewing the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, and the Bells of Shandon at St Anne’s Cathedral, before heading to Blarney Castle, and stopping at the English Market on the way back.
And for the culture vultures, a tour of UCC’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the Crawford Art Gallery can be arranged. Crawford curator Peter Murphy is on standby to take the visitors on a 45-minute tour of the gallery and its collection, comprised of over 350 works, focusing largely on contemporary Irish art.
It is also understood that a round of golf at either the Old Head of Kinsale or Fota can be arranged.
“Ongoing marketing of both Cork city and the region, as well as highlighting the port services offered in Cork, has resulted in the visit of this liner,” a Port of Cork spokesperson said.
“Staying for three days and two nights, this liner will certainly provide a great boost to the local economy and is an excellent opportunity to showcase Cork for both tourism and business opportunities.”
The vessel heads off on Wednesday for Douglas in the Isle of Man, Whitehaven, Liverpool, onAugust 16-19, Glasgow, and Oban before setting sail for Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands.
A Greenland Expedition begins on September 3 and the vessel is due to call on St Anthony, Newfoundland on September 18.