#NewCruiseTerminal – The first purpose-built cruise terminal in Ireland is to be built in Belfast Harbour.
The £7m investment will ensure that Belfast Harbour will be able to handle all cruise ships operating in the Irish Sea, as well as next generation ships which carry over 4,500 passengers and crew, a harbour spokesman said.
According to a report in today's Belfast Telegraph, the new facility will also enable visitors to disembark within walking distance of the city's Titanic visitor attractions - Titanic's Dock & Pumphouse, Titanic Belfast visitor centre and SS Nomadic - by next year.
Roy Adair, Belfast Harbour's chief executive, said: "A decade ago hardly any cruise ships berthed in Belfast. Now, thanks to our Cruise Belfast partnership with Visit Belfast, considerable previous investment in our existing facilities for accommodating cruise ships and tourism attractions such as Titanic Belfast and the new Giant's Causeway Centre, Northern Ireland has a thriving cruise sector.