By Dan Walsh
Tourism and adventure in the South East will be enhanced with a daily river cruise service between New Ross to Waterford when the Barrow Princess commences its schedule on Friday, March 18th.
Departing from New Ross marina each morning, a 90-minute cruise will bring passengers from New Ross down the river Barrow, taking in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge and the Barrow River Railway Swing Bridge among other landmarks.
As the Barrow Princess reaches Cheekpoint, it will then follow the river Suir west into Waterford city where passengers will disembark at the Clock Tower Marina. Passengers will return to the point of embarkation in New Ross via a bus service (included in the ticket price). Passengers can enjoy all the sights from our open-air upper deck or relax indoors in our cosy lounge. Hot and cold refreshments will be available onboard sourced from local suppliers in New Ross and Waterford.
A return service will offer passengers from Waterford a similar cruise experience back to New Ross. Passengers will return to the point of embarkation in Waterford via a bus service (included in the ticket price). Initially, there will offer an additional one-hour mini-cruise out of Waterford City to where the Suir and the Barrow meet returning to Waterford city.
This is a million pound plus project with about €800,000 invested to date by Declan Bates of the Three Sisters Cruise Company along with public funding from Wexford Local Development (WLD), Leader, Wexford County Council LCDC.
Three to four jobs will be created as the business rolls out over the coming year and footfall to the Greenway builds further with the opening of the South East Greenway.
“We have a great family package available: two adults and three children for only €70 for the full cruise experience between the two ports. Adult fares are €30, children €15. Mini-Cruise fares: Adults €20 Children €10. Full schedule and online booking facility is available www.barrowprincess.ie All tickets must be pre purchased online- no onsite sales.”
Full Cruise Departs New Ross 10am and arrive Waterford 11.30am approximately and return by coach transfer.
Full Cruise Departs Waterford 1.30pm and arrive New Ross 3pm approximately and return by coach transfer.
The Barrow Princess will be on show St. Patrick’s Day by the quayside in Waterford from 10am to noon before departing for New Ross for public viewing at the dockside only from 2.45pm.