Largest Cruise Ship For Holyhead
Bad weather prevented passengers on a cruise ship carrying more than 2,500 passengers from going ashore for more than four hours at Holyhead the largest town in the county of Anglesey in the northwest of Wales on Friday.
The Grand Princess, said to be the largest cruise ship to visit the port, had been due to arrive at 0800 BST.
But passengers had to wait until after midday before any could disembark as the ship anchored off port.
The Grand Princess, which also carries 900 crew, was set to stay in Holyhead until 1800 BST as part of a 12-day tour of the British Isles and Ireland.
Tourism managers on Anglesey had hoped the visit would help develop Holyhead as a major cruise port.
Street entertainment, choir singing at St Cybi's Church and craft stalls have been organised to welcome the passengers, who were also due to be given the chance to visit other parts of Anglesey, as well as Llandudno and Snowdonia.
Eleven cruise ships are due to be visiting Holyhead this year, nearly double the six visits in 2006.