Ireland’s first luxury train the “Grand Hibernian” travels to the House of Waterford Crystal
The House of Waterford Crystal, home of the iconic Waterford Crystal welcomed Ireland’s first luxury train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian to Waterford.
Belmond, a leading travel provider in the world of luxurious leisure experiences, including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, had its inaugural visit to Waterford, with its new Grand Hibernian train. September 4th 2016 marked the Grand Hibernian’s maiden voyage to Waterford. Departing from Dublin, the luxury train travelled to major cities and attractions around Ireland including trips to Belfast, Dublin and Waterford City.
The Grand Hibernian carriages portray the epitome of luxury travel. The interior of the train was created using a combination of cutting edge technology and traditional craft skills in Dublin and was designed to reflect Dublin’s Georgian architecture with inspiration taken from the flora and fauna of Irish landscape. With a combination of classic and contemporary panelled walls matched with original artworks, antique mirrors and elegant colour schemes, the decor reflects Ireland’s cultural heritage with an indulgent, contemporary twist.
Sharon Murphy, House of Waterford Crystal and the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Adam Wyse, welcomed the passengers to The House of Waterford Crystal. Guests were greeted with a Champagne toast at the House of Waterford Crystal Brand Experience before receiving a VIP tour of the factory to witness first-hand the unique craftsmanship involved in creating iconic Waterford Crystal.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian takes its name from the classical Latin word for Ireland, ‘Hibernian’ recalling the ancient Isle’s romance and culture. Passengers enjoy a whole new world of luxurious carriages, fine cuisine and attentive service, with a breath-taking backdrop of the ever-changing panoramas of Ireland’s celebrated scenic landscapes.
The designs of the carriages all feature Belmond Grand Hibernian’s Celtic knot weaved throughout in colours matching the tartan of the counties, with one carriage befittingly named Waterford.
Commenting on the arrival of the Belmond train to Waterford, David McCoy Sales & Marketing Director, House of Waterford Crystal said, “As an Irish and global luxury icon, Waterford Crystal was proud to welcome the Grand Hibernian and its inaugural passengers to Waterford City. We very much look forward to an ongoing partnership with Belmond in celebrating our wonderful Irish heritage and culture.”