2018 was a record year with 24 cruise ships, 2019 will break that record with 27 ships scheduled to berth at our jetty. Orthios already has more than this number of vessels booked for the 2020 season, and we expect this number to grow substantially.
Orthios is committed to providing the local community with employment opportunities wherever possible. In support of this, Orthios engaged with a local company, MônCF, to provide skilled staff to support the high level of jetty activity during the 2018 cruise season. This was extremely successful and so we have re-engaged for the 2019 cruise season.
We are delighted to have taken part in the partnership between the Isle of Anglesey County Council, Welsh Government, Stena Line and other regional partners to attract more cruise liners to the region.
Our 2019 Cruise Season
On the 4th May 2019, our cruise season began with the Le Champlain, a 9920 gross rated tonnage (GRT) vessel. The first of 27 ships scheduled to berth at our jetty this year.
The 16th May 2019 welcomed the Viking Sun, 47842 GRT, with her 903 passengers and 480 crew.
On Saturday 1st June 2019, we were pleased to welcome Le Boreal, 10944 GRT, to Holyhead. This was her 5th visit to the island since 2016, and she is scheduled to visit again in a few days time.
Friday 7th June 2019 welcomed the Seven Seas Explorer, at 55,000 GRT she is the 4th largest vessel we have scheduled to visit the island this summer, and she is scheduled to visit again towards the end of the season.
Tuesday 11th June 2019 welcomed Le Boreal to Holyhead! This is her second and last visit this season, however we hope to welcome her to the island again in the future.
On the sunny morning of Monday 17th June 2019, we were pleased to welcome the Nautica for her first of two visits scheduled for this season.
Thursday 20th June 2019 saw us welcome the Brilliance of the Seas, such a beautiful morning for it too! At 90,090 GRT she is that largest vessel we have visiting Holyhead this summer, and she is scheduled to visit again in a few weeks time. What a beauty!
On Tuesday 25th June 2019 we were pleased to welcome the Seven Seas Navigator. This was her only visit this season, however we hope to welcome her again in the future.
On the drizzly morning of Thursday 11th July we welcomed the Viking Sun! This was her 2nd of 5 visits scheduled for this season!
Monday 22nd July saw us welcome the Berlin! This is her only visit to Holyhead this year, and at 9570 GRT, she is the smallest cruise ship we have scheduled to visit Holyhead this season!
On Tuesday 23rd July we were very pleased, and honoured, to welcome the Viking Jupiter on her maiden voyage to Holyhead! She is a 5 month old, 46,842 GRT vessel, and is scheduled to visit Holyhead again in a few days' time! She is a beauty of a ship, and we hope to welcome her back to the island again in the years to come!
A welcome ceremony was held onboard the Viking Jupiter, where an exchange of plaques took place. This is tradition for any cruise vessels which make their inaugural visit to Holyhead! Here we have the Orthios Site Manager, Stephen Mullen, presenting Captain Atle Knutsen with a plaque from Orthios welcoming the Viking Jupiter, and all her passengers and crew, to Holyhead!
Also present at the ceremony was Kevin Riley, Stena Harbourmaster, Rowena King and Irfon Rowlands, Site Superintendent, of Orthios.
On Friday 26th July we welcomed the Brilliance of the Seas for the second and last time this season! However we would be honoured to welcome her back again in the future!
On the beautiful morning of Friday 2nd August, we were very honoured to welcome back the Viking Jupiter, only 2 weeks after her inaugural visit to Holyhead! This is her final visit for 2019, but we hope to see her visiting the island again in the future!
On Sunday 4th August we were pleased to welcome the Saga Sapphire! This was her only visit to Holyhead this season, hopefully the drizzly weather won't stop her from visiting again in the future!
The blustery morning of Tuesday 6th August saw us welcome the Viking Sea! This was her maiden port call to Holyhead, and her only visit for 2019! However Viking Cruises have scheduled a total of 8 visits to Holyhead this season!
On the beautiful morning of Thursday 8th August we welcomed the Viking Sun to Holyhead! This is her 3rd of 5 visits scheduled for the 2019 season, with hopefully many more to be scheduled for the future!