As the sun rose on Monday morning, the world’s 11th largest cruise ship, the MSC Splendida, reversed its way up the mouth of the Liffey and into our  very own Dublin port! It is the biggest ship to ever dock in Dublin Port!

The dismebarking passengers were met by a live céilí band, drummers and dancers before heading off  in buses and taxis for Dublin City.  The ship carries 4,600 passengers and crew. The 333 metre vessel entered service in 2009 and has 1,637 cabins across 18 decks.

The vessel will move on to Southhampton  from Cork on Wednesday before making it back to Hamburg on Saturday. Dubliners seem to be quite excited about this big boat and many have said it looks as though it is BIGGER than the AVIVA!