THE Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s solely luxurious sleeper prepare, can be relocated as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, its homeowners have mentioned.

In response to the continuing challenges offered by Covid-19, Belmond has been reviewing its world operations and has renewed its dedication to repeatedly improve its visitor experiences worldwide,” the corporate mentioned.
“As a outcome, Belmond has determined to relocate its Grand Hibernian prepare operation within the close to time period, revitalising its portfolio of iconic rail journeys.”

It didn’t say the place the prepare, which launched in Ireland in 2016 after a bespoke refurbishment and provided two-night itineraries from €3,160pp, would journey subsequent.
“The carriages that comprise the Grand Hibernian rake can be rigorously saved and can bear renovation works to protect their distinctive character, while the inside design is developed consistent with the chosen vacation spot, as soon as identified,” the corporate mentioned.

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The lovely midnight-blue Belmond Grand Hibernian is the longest prepare in Ireland…

The lovely midnight-blue Belmond Grand Hibernian is the longest prepare in Ireland…

“While it’s too early to disclose the placement of the brand new service, Belmond expects this operation to stay inside Europe, the place demand for immersive, slow-travel experiences of this sort is rising and native and regional markets have confirmed resilient exterior government-mandated lockdowns.”
On its launch, Belmond described the Grand Hibernian expertise as akin to “travelling in an Irish nation home”. Guests having fun with its silver service, wonderful eating, tweed materials and Egyptian cotton sheets have been predominantly rich abroad guests to Ireland – a shopper base worn out by the pandemic.
Its en-suite cabins, eating automotive and remark automotive had been refurbished and fitted by a group of 40 expert craftsmen at specialist outfitters Mivan Marine Ltd in Belfast.
Belmond’s luxurious trains embrace the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman and the British Pullman, all of which supply dear itineraries aimed toward high-end travellers.
In 2019, a two-night ‘Taste of Ireland’ tour hosted by Clodagh McKenna ran from €3,300pp on the Grand Hibernian, whereas six-day ‘Grand Tours’ of the island had costs starting at €10,000pp.
“We wish to take this chance to thank Irish Rail and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland, together with Tourism Ireland, for the important help they’ve supplied because the Grand Hibernian journey launched in Dublin in 2016,” Belmond mentioned.
“We stay up for saying the main points of a brand new world-class prepare service sooner or later and to welcoming our loyal visitors again aboard.”

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