Barrow welcomes the Tahitian Princess

May 22, 2009 at 21:48 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments


A new ship sailed into Ramsden Dock today. The Tahitian Princess is on a cruise from St Petersburg to Dublin calling at a variety of historic destinations. Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, Copenhagen and, er, Barrow! At lunchtime today she became the first passenger vessel to berth in Barrow Docks for three years. Passengers paying GBP 2,000 for their passage were treated to a stunning view of Barrow’s glittering skyline.

I’m sorry, I’ll read that again.

Passengers paying GBP 2,000 for their passage were treated to a stunning view of the still vacant and undeveloped site of the Ramsden Business Park.

They were able to board a bus for a whizz round the Lake District (which can’t really be appreciated in an afternoon). Alternatively they could board a shuttle bus for a tour of the town hall, or a guided walk round points of interest in town, or a visit to Furness Abbey. All of which are, for those with eyes to see, a lot more interesting than they might sound. And that reminds me, to my shame I still haven’t covered Furness Abbey on this page. I really must get out more especially as I have been neglecting you all again of late.

Back to the Tahitian Princess. They say she’s a ship, but I call her a floating Travelodge and the hell with it.



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  1. Gosh, that’s a very big ship with not many lifeboats.

  2. Barrow might not be as romantic as Tallinn or Copenhagen but many of the cruise passangers would enjoy it anyway as somewhere different.

    To Alex – the ship will have more than sufficient lifeboats which will be used as tenders at ports where the ship anchors offshore.

  3. They could have been taken to see the Vickers Armstrong yard where great ships used to be built.

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