The largest ocean liner in the world has spent a day docked off Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

The RMS Queen Mary 2 arrived on the Dublin Bay horizon earlier this morning on her journey from Scotland.

The 3,000-passenger capacity QM2, which is 345m long, is Cunard's flagship.

The giant liner is the first of 14 cruise ships with more than 30,000 passengers scheduled to dock in Dún Laoghaire this year.

Cruise ships are expected to provide a €3 million boost to the local economy.

The QM2 departed Greenock in Scotland yesterday and continued her voyage to Holyhead and Liverpool this evening.

A piper played as passengers disembarked from the liner at the Old Coal Harbour.

Businesses in the Dún Laoghaire area are offering special deals to celebrate the ship's arrival.