|(Venice not Douglas but we can understand the confusion.)
The Isle of Man will welcome the first cruise liner of the year this weekend. Any visitor to Douglas on Saturday, 7th May, may well take a second look at the cruise vessel mv Discovery anchored in the Bay on the basis that it might appear to be familiar. Familiar it will be to those who follow certain U.S. sitcoms, specifically a series that is often credited as one of the reasons for the current popularity and growth of Cruise Tourism.
Earlier in her life the mv Discovery operated as the ‘Pacific Princess’ and attained instant recognition amongst TV viewers when she and her sister, the Island Princess, both served as the set for the popular U.S. television series ‘The Love Boat’, which was broadcast by the ABC channel from 1977 until 1986. Re-runs of the popular series are still seen regularly on TV channels worldwide.
Member for the Department of Economic Development responsible for Tourism, Mr Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK said:
‘During the call of the 20,000 ton Discovery the majority of the 623 passengers have the choice of a variety of shore excursions, including coach trips to both the north and south of the Island, trips on our vintage transport system, including the Snaefell Railway, and for the garden enthusiasts onboard, a tour which will highlight Milntown and its award winning gardens. In addition there will be an opportunity to visit St John’s where details of the Island’s Wildflower Project will be showcased.
‘Those passengers not on excursions, and many of the 300 strong crew, will undoubtedly enjoy their visit to Douglas, both to experience our capital as well to indulgence in a little retail therapy.’
If you have ever wondered how others view the Isle of Man’s attributes, this cruise line’s brochure describes the Island: ‘Starkly beautiful hills, lush glens, rolling countryside, rugged cliffs and hidden coves, this ancient landscape shaped by man, the elements and relentless force of the Irish Sea, holds clues to a fascinating place. Castle Rushen tells the story of English nobles who ruled over Mann for centuries. Lady Isabella, the world famous Laxey Wheel, which testifies to Victorian splendour.’