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Cork's Cruiseship Bonanza: 200,000 People Expected This Year

22nd January 2018
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Royal Caribbean International's 'Solstice' class German built (FSG shipyard) cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse on a call last year to scenic Cobh located in lower Cork Harbour. Royal Caribbean International's 'Solstice' class German built (FSG shipyard) cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse on a call last year to scenic Cobh located in lower Cork Harbour. Photo: Port of Cork facebook

#Cruiseliners - The Port of Cork is braced for a cruise bonanza in 2018, with some 200,000 people due to arrive on cruiseships to Cobh, Ringaskiddy and the city centre this year.

The long-term outlook is even more promising reports the Evening Echo, with officials at the Port of Cork confirming that early bookings for 2019 have already exceeded last year's total arrivals.

The first cruiseship is due to arrive in Cobh in mid-March, with 95 liners set to dock before the season ends on December 20.

Captain Michael McCarthy, commercial manager at the Port of Cork, said that the outlook for the year is 'very promising.'

"Last year, we had 67 bookings. This year, it is closer to 100. We are up about 30-35%," he said.

"The long-term outlook is good, too. 2019 is already looking even better. We are only part of the way through booking in liners and we have already exceeded the total for last year."

Mr McCarthy expects 150,000 passengers and an additional 50,000 crew to arrive at Cobh, Ringaskiddy and Custom House Quay over the coming year. This is an increase from 2017 when 100,000 passengers and 43,000 crew visited the region.

The increase in traffic is largely driven by an increase in bigger vessels visiting, Mr McCarthy added.

For more scroll down the newspaper's page here, beyond the photo of cruiseship Independence of the Seas, which Afloat adds made its first call to Cobh over a decade ago in 2007. 

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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