The newest and fastest cruise liner in the world pays a visit to Cork and Dublin.

At a cost of £225 million 'Splendour Of The Sea' is the newest and fastest cruise ship in the world. At 867 feet long and 105 feet wide, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines vessel carries 1,800 passengers and 735 crew. On a visit to Ireland, the ship called first to Cobh harbour in Cork.

Cruise liner calls are a boost to the tourist industry in Ireland. For security reasons, no visitors were allowed to board the ship. Splendour of the Sea is the biggest ever cruise liner to enter Dublin Port.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 August 1996. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.