Derry played host to a stream of A-list millionaires and business tycoons yesterday as the super luxurious cruise ship, ‘The World’ made an overnight stop at Lisahally port.
Residents on board the luxury liner were given a ‘LegenDerry’ welcome spending two days exploring the rich culture, unique heritage and stunning scenery the region has to offer.
They were greeted by local dancers from the McKinney school who gave a special performance as passengers disembarked the massive liner in glorious weather.
‘The World’ is the largest privately owned residential ship on the globe and this prestigious vessel is comprised of 165 exclusive ‘apartments’ belonging to individuals hailing from all corners of the earth who live onboard for much of the year as it sails from country to country. This private community enjoys ‘impeccable culinary mastery’ in six restaurants, an extensive wine collection, onboard putting greens and a state-of-the-art golf simulator, the only full-size tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, fitness centre, library and cinema.
The ship began its Maiden Voyage in 2002 and many locals will remember it included a visit to the Maiden City as it started its journey circumnavigating the world. Now returning in 2013 during the iconic year as UK City of Culture, the arrival of ‘The World’ is being dubbed the highlight of this season’s cruise calendar which includes calls from luxury 6* cruise line Seabourn, the M/Y Big Eagle superyacht and the exclusive Hebridean Princess which is often privately chartered by the Queen.
The Mayor Colr Martin Reilly who met the captain on board the ship yesterday morning said he was delighted to welcome passengers from the luxurious vessel to the city, especially during our City of Culture year.
“It’s a great honour to welcome ‘The World’ back to the city. It’s a fantastic coup and a great opportunity for us to showcase the city and how it has progressed since its last visit in 2002. Let’s hope the weather stays fine and that we can give a real legenderry welcome to the cruise passengers,” he commented.