This is the luxurious Star Breeze Cruise Ship that arrived into Belfast docks this morning.
Star Breeze (formerly Seabourn Spirit) is a German-built cruise ship completed in 1989. The luxury liner travels between Europe and Africa, and is owned by Windstar Cruises. In early 2005 she was rated the best small cruise ship by Condé Nast.
The Star Breeze is classified as a small ship, a described as more of a luxury yacht, only holding over 200 passengers. The ship underwent a comprehensive .5 million stem-to-stern transformation before her inaugural voyage.
On 5 November 2005 at 5:50 am, while Spirit was underway 115 km off the coast of Somalia with 115 passengers, the ship was attacked by two pirate speedboats launched by a mother ship. Machine guns were fired as well as rocket propelled grenades at the cruise ship, and the remains of an RPG’s rocket motor wedged itself in the wall of a room and was disarmed by sailors from USS Gonzalez after the attack. It was reported that a second RPG bounced off the stern. No passengers were injured.
Length: 134 m (439 ft 8 in)
Beam: 19.2 m (63 ft 0 in)
Draft: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Decks: 4 (passenger decks)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Capacity: 208 passengers
Launched: November 1988
Star Breeze Cruise ship Docks in Belfast