Birdwatchers sail in on first
cruise of season
BIRDWATCHERS will get a
chance to see the wildlife of Derry and Inishowen
when they arrive by cruise ship tomorrow, Saturday.
Noble Caledonia’s Ocean Nova ship will sail up the
Foyle bringing a group of wildlife lovers on what is
the first cruise visit of the season to the region.
Passengers will enjoy a visit to Inch Wildfowl
Reserve in Inishowen as part of the trip. They will
also get tours of the Walled City as well as the
The 11-day cruise set sail from Oban, Scotland and
will also include visits to St Kilda, Iona, Isles of
Scilly, Guernsey and Alderney before finishing in
The Ocean Nova will be the first of three calls from
Noble Caledonia this season. A total of nine cruise
ships with over 4,000 passengers and crew are
scheduled to arrive in the region this summer with
leading ocean liner companies including Seabourne,
Princess and Silverseas.
Noble Caledonia’s Ocean Nova.
Visit Derry business
and leisure tourism officer Aoife McHale said:
“We are delighted the Ocean Nova is returning to the
city as our first call of 2017 and look forward to
welcoming our passengers ashore this season.
"The city’s rich heritage, fascinating history and
warm welcome combined with our idyllic location
linking Co Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way with
the Causeway Coastal Route is of major interest to
the operators and has already resulted in confirmed
business for 2018 and 2019," she added.