Dún Laoghaire harbour celebrated a significant milestone in welcoming its 100,000th cruise passenger, writes Rachel Cunningham.
The lucky passenger, Melinda Berk from New York, stepped ashore from the Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship on her first visit to Ireland last Monday, September 4.
In honour of this momentous occasion, Melinda was presented with a hamper of gifts, including a beautifully crafted wooden replica of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
Melinda and her partner Matthew were warmly greeted by Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Team.
“The cruise industry contributes €50-70 million euro per year to the Irish Economy, with €10-15m per year to local economies like Dún Laoghaire,” said Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
“Dún Laoghaire Harbour has worked hard to maximise the benefit of cruise ship visits to the local area.
“While some passengers do take pre-arranged tours, there are a growing number of visitors who carry out their own research for things to do on their arrival, and it is important that we showcase our local attractions to these visitors.”
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