Huge boost as 90 cruise ships visit Dún Laoghaire this season

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Dun Laoghaire will be a centre for cruise ships this year as over 90 vessels are set to tie up at the port, bringing the spending power of some 164,000 passengers and 71,000 crew to the area. 

Close on half of those holidaymakers will visit Dún Laoghaire Town and the surrounding area, thus generating significant income and job opportunities in the vicinity. 

It is estimated that the benefits of these ships calling to Dún Laoghaire will extend beyond the immediate tourism sector  and help contribute to the restoration of the historic Harbour.

Explained Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach, Mary Hanafin, said: “This is a very exciting time for Dun Laoghaire with thousands of visitors arriving in cruise ships. The DLR Cruise Tourism Kiosk is open daily to offer advice on local attractions, while the Dun Laoghaire Business Association operates a souvenir shop for passengers.

“The benefits of these cruises extend further with job creation in various roles such as tourist cabin, security staff, and Tender escort boats”.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour was the second busiest Harbour in Ireland for Cruise visits last year (65 in total), second only to Cork/Cobh and the aim is to continue to build on this success for the years ahead. 

Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council highlighted: “The significant income generated from the cruise ships contributes to the restoration and repair of the 200-year-old Harbour and to future plans which include a national Water Sports Campus”.

Norwegian Cruise Lines will top the schedule with 20 visits to Dun Laoghaire this year, followed by Viking Cruise Lines who will visit 17 times. 

Gabby Mallon of dlr Chamber added“We are thrilled to collaborate with the council to promote Dún Laoghaire as an attractive shopping destination for the influx of International Cruise ship tourists, expected to arrive this year”. 

Kyron O’Gorman from the local Powerboat School who tender in the passengers from the cruise liners highlighted: “Our staff are early risers, waiting for the next cruise ship to come over the horizon and ready to tender them ashore.  This greatly expands our marine sector in the county, creating 40 mariner sessional jobs on the water and much more ashore”.

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