INQUIRIES on the cruiser Barrow Princess have taken off in recent days, following her first commercial voyage to Waterford and returning on Friday.
As owner Declan Bates gathers more and more information about what customers want, he’s optimistic his business will ramp up as summer approaches.
“The response has been 100% positive. Passengers love the luxury lounge and the views from the upper deck,” Declan said.
Operated by Three Sisters Cruise Company Ltd, there are three services daily, departing from New Ross Marina at 10am, 12pm and 1.30pm.
Run by the man from Kilmore Quay and a crew of three or four, the service will eventually be linked to the South East Greenway. The 90-minute cruise on the Barrow will take passengers under the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge and the Barrow River Railway Swing Bridge, as well as giving people the chance to see iconic sights along the banks of the river as they could not have seen otherwise. .
At Cheekpoint, the Barrow Princess will follow the River Suir to dock at Waterford City where passengers will disembark at the Clock Tower Marina.
“When passengers disembark in Waterford, they will be able to return to New Ross via the company’s bus service, which will be included in the ticket price.”
Hot and cold refreshments are available on board, sourced from local vendors.
“A return service will provide passengers from Waterford with a similar cruise experience to New Ross,” the spokesperson said.
“Passengers will return to the embarkation point in Waterford via our coach service, included in the ticket price.”
Initially, an additional 1-hour mini cruise from Waterford City will be available, to where the Suir and Barrow meet, and from there back to Waterford.
The Barrow Princess has been moored in Waterford on St Patrick’s Day for some time, attracting a lot of positive attention.
The overall cost of developing the cruise initiative is in the region of €1 million and Three Sisters Cruise Company Ltd has already invested around €800,000 in the project with public funding coming from WLD, Leader and Wexford County Council.
The cost of the full cruise between the two ports will be €70 for two adults and three children; 30 per adult; €15 for children and mini-cruise fares will be: Adults €20; Children €10.
“We are flexible and we look at the comments. People can comment on the website. Some people want to spend time in New Ross or Waterford. Whatever people want, we’ll do it. »
Private bookings outside of scheduled hours are also accepted, Declan said.
A complete timetable and an online booking service available at www.barrowprincess.ie.