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Sunday 22 October 2017

Floating giant dwarfs harbour on stop-off

DUN Laoghaire harbour was dwarfed by one of the world's largest luxury cruise ships as it made a call into the capital this week.

The 90,901-tonnes boat was carrying 2,068 guests who all had the opportunity to visit the capital on a series of organised trips.

The ship – the Queen Elizabeth – stopped off as part of a 12-day Britain and Ireland cruise which set off from Hamburg last month.

And the journey will terminate in Southampton following an en route call to St Peter Port, Guernsey, later this week.

The Queen Elizabeth is a sister of the Queen Mary 2 which visited earlier this summer. CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said that it was a huge boost to the region.

"It is a tremendous boost for the harbour to have a visit from a ship of her calibre," he said.

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