#cruiseliner – An award winning, luxury sailing ship will dock in Dún Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow from 7am to 6pm as Afloat.ie reported earlier. The Wind Surf – a five masted sailing ship – is scheduled to embark 300 guests and disembark 280 guests in Dún Laoghaire ahead of a seven day Gaelic Explorer cruise which includes the Isle of Man, Portrush in Antrim as well as Stromness, Invergordon, Peterhead and Edinburgh in Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the visit, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: "Tomorrow, The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire Harbour as an turnaround port which augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits. Turnaround ports often enjoy additional economic benefits as passengers use local services, such as hotels and restaurants, before boarding their cruise. Clearly, the cruise tourism sector has great potential to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general."
Dún Laoghaire Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls from cruise line customers including P&O, Cunard and Windstar Cruises.