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!