The world’s newest “ultra-luxury” $380 million cruise liner is paying a one-day visit to Donegal.
Guests on board the “Seabourn Ovation” are typically paying over €10,000 each for the privilege of enjoying an incredible cruise.
Indeed, the most luxury suites can command prices of over €60,000 for some cruises!
The "ultra-luxury" ship, which was only launched a few months ago, is in Killybegs today.
It began its current cruise in Copenhagen at the start of the month.
This promotional video by the operators gives people a real insight to what this incredible ship is like.
The stunning vessel docked in Killybegs at 7.20 am this morning and will depart at 5.00 pm to head off to Belfast and then around the Scottish coast before completing its 30 day cruise in Dover. Some of the passengers are "just" on a 16 day cruise, having embarked at Dover on September 15th.
The 40,000 tonne ship caters for up to 600 passengers, all accommodated in lavish suites with private verandas - and there are over 300 staff on board.
The majority of the passengers will disembark in Killybegs and go on a variety of tours around south Donegal.
The ship is operated by the Carnival Corporation.
According to its Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, , Chris Austin, the vessel is "the finest ultra luxury hotel in the world – it just happens to be at sea."
It’s a real coup for Killybegs to be included on one of the cruises during the ship's maiden year, and it reflects the positive feedback from cruise operators that are including the Donegal post in increasing numbers.
The “Seabourn Ovation” brings luxury at sea to new heights.
Adam Tihany, one of the world’s leading interior designers, has designed the vessel from bow to stern and says, “the whole ship is a gem.”
Each of the exclusive suites comes with separate sleeping and living area as well as a spacious and elegant bathroom.
The five restaurants on board feature a selection of dishes inspired by Seabourn's partnership with world-renowned, Three Star Michelin Chef Thomas Keller.
The ship also “wows” guests with its world-class art collection of more than over 1,600 artworks by more than 120 artists.
Actress, singer, producer and presenter Elaine Paige OBE presided over the naming ceremony for the ship in May.
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