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Locals Call For More Medium-Sized Cruise Ships At Dun Laoghaire Harbour

29th March 2019
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The small cruiseship Star Legend (212 guests) AFLOAT adds is seen on arrival to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A pair of sisters are among 6 cruiseship calls this season that will visit the Victorian built harbour.  The small cruiseship Star Legend (212 guests) AFLOAT adds is seen on arrival to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A pair of sisters are among 6 cruiseship calls this season that will visit the Victorian built harbour.

#cruiseliners - There have been calls made by local residents to open Dun Laoghaire Harbour up to more medium-sized cruise ships.

As the Dublin Gazette reports, with the announcement that Dublin Port will be reducing the amount of cruise liners allowed to dock, some Dun Laoghaire residents are calling on the local council to up the amount of permitted cruise ships to berth at the harbour.

Due to a need to accommodate cargo ships once the UK formally leaves the EU, Dublin Port has announced they will curtail cruise ship bookings from 2021.

Simon Maher, a resident of the area and 8Radio founder says that: “I reckon there is revenue to be made here with the small and medium sized cruise ships.“

“Quite a few 100m – 180m boutique cruise ships on the circuit – not as many as there are big ones but quite a few nonetheless.“

“Even if everybody just got off and bypassed Dun Laoghaire totally (…) then the berthing and provisioning fees alone would provide a very welcome boost to what is now a publicly owned harbour,” he says.

More on the story can be read here. 

Among the cruise calls scheduled Afloat adds is the biggest visitor Norwegian Pearl which opens the season next month albeit with an anchorage call. 

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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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