New Boat Tour Of Cork Harbour
A new 72-seater tour boat has been launched for the summer season connecting Cobh and Cork City. Ocean Escapes, a Cork-based company, is investing €0.5 million in the new service which locally, will call at Crosshaven, Haulbowline and Spike Island.
In Crosshaven, those on board will see the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the world’s first Yacht Club and Camden Fort Meagher.
Other highlights along the ancient port waterways will include breathtaking views and famous landmarks such as Roches Point Lighthouse, Blackrock Castle, Martello Towers, and Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic, and much more.
Locals and visitors alike will enjoy the experience, which will include the sights, sounds and stories of the harbour, told in a fun and theatrical way by engaging guides.
Passengers will also learn about Cork’s fascinating maritime history and hear unique stories about each of the towns, villages and islands along the harbour. Cork has a wealth of maritime wildlife and you might even see dolphins or whales along the way.
Ocean Escapes is already well known for operating successful rib tours in the harbour. This new venture is a partnership with another local company, Cool Running Events, who are known for delivering exceptional entertainment with Cork on Ice and The Nightmare Realm, and business man Daniel O’Donoghue, who will operate as Ocean Escape’s marine engineer and technician.
Speaking at the launch, Andrew O’Riordan, Owner/Director of Ocean Escapes, said, ‘We are delighted that Cork is being promoted as a maritime haven and hope this new tour offers tourists and locals alike a new and exciting experience on our harbour. So far, we have got incredible support from all the key stakeholders in Cork and we hope everyone continues to spread the word about the Ocean Escapes Harbour Tours.
The new tour takes 1.5hrs and will run from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 2nd September, sailing from Cork City at 11:30 and 16:00 and from Cobh at 9.00, 14:00 and 18:00. (People are advised to check the website for accurate daily timings as times may change for cruise ships). Tour packages are cleverly paired with return rail connections, allowing visitors to take in the sights of Cork city or Cobh before returning to their origin. Prices start from €16.
The tour boat is also available for private booking and for transport to and from events like concerts in Pairc Uí Chaoimh or weddings, hens and stag parties.
For more information or to book see www.oceanescapes.ie
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