‘Clipper Odyssey’ to dock in Derry

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Around 200 passengers will this weekend explore Derry’s history and culture when a North American cruise ships docks in the city.

The Clipper Odyssey, which accommodates 200 passenger and crew, will berth at Fort George on Saturday.

It is designed to allow for intimate expedition style cruising and enables it to reach unusual locations which are inaccessible for larger vessels.

The ship has been chartered by North American academic tour operator Academic Arrangements Abroad who specialise in prestigious art, history and natural history tours.

The operator has scheduled a full itinerary with a particular focus on Irish aristocracy. Passengers and crew will have time to enjoy the historic Walled City of Derry at their leisure in the afternoon before they depart on Saturday evening.

Aoife Thomas from Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau says “We are looking forward to welcoming the Clipper Odyssey to the city this weekend and showcasing the city’s unique heritage to this cultural academic group. We hope this visit will offer a taster of what is in store for our year as UK City of Culture and encourage them to return in 2013 to be part of our exclusive cultural celebrations.”

The Cruise North West initiative which is a partnership between Derry City Council, Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau, Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners and the Loughs Agency is aimed at attracting cruise business to the region.