On June 14, 2017, the MS Prinsendam sailed into Bantry Harbor. She was the first cruise liner in 30 years to do so! At the time, the Bantry Bay Port Company Harbour Master, Captain Paul O’Regan, stated that not only Bantry, but the whole of West Cork was planning to grow tourism (especially the boutique cruises or expedition cruises) over the next few years. He expressed his belief that these smaller ships, able to access smaller ports, could provide their passengers with a richer onshore experience. I don’t know how well the tourism campaign is doing for Bantry, but hey, the MS Amsterdam sailed in this morning with 1300 passengers ready to eat, drink and spend their money!!!
Bantry is small town situated at the head of a very large inlet. It is remote and surrounded by hills except for the 30-mile sea inlet that is named after it. The landscape is magnificent. Take a look at the photos:
Now, we are on the way home!!!
Bantry was our last port-of-call on this 2019 World Cruise. We are now on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale and the conclusion of this adventure. Thank you for joining us in the fun. We are eagerly planning the next venture. Perhaps you’ll join us for that, too?!? We’ll keep you posted!!!