Royal Princess & Borgny Dolphin. Despite two tugs being present neither was needed and they where there simply as a precaution. The vessel was perfectly capable of manoeuvring onto Stormont Wharf under her own power. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrysite.

Thursday 18th September saw the arrival of Belfast's largest cruise ship to date, Royal Princess. Despite arriving earlier than expected, NI Ferry Site and others where on hand to record the arrival on camera.

Royal Princess coming astern led by the Svitzer tug Willowgarth. Stena Lagan and Stena Precision are in the background on their berths. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NI Ferry Site

Royal Princess arriving in Belfast. The 3600 passenger ship is the largest cruise ship ever to visit Belfast. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NI Ferry Site

Royal Princess passes Stena Lagan and Stena Precision before turning 180 degrees at the turning circle.  © 2014 Scott Mackey.
Royal Princess passes Stena Lagan and Stena Precision before turning 180 degrees at the turning circle. © 2014 Scott Mackey.

Royal Princess turning before going astern at Belfast.  Stena Lagan and Stena Precision are at their berths in the background.  © 2014 Scott Mackey.
Royal Princess turning before going astern at Belfast. Stena Lagan and Stena Precision are at their berths in the background. © 2014 Scott Mackey.

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