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Cruise Sector Fears Will Take Years to Recover from Covid-19 Crisis

17th August 2020
Saga Sapphire in a previous livery scheme of recent years while on a visit to Killybegs, Co. Donegal, became this season to be the only cruiseship to visit both Dublin Port and the Port of Cork during calls in March. This was the veteran vessel's farewell cruise in Irish waters as UK operator Saga Cruises have since disposed the 1981 built cruiseship. AFLOAT also adds tug SMS Cian of Sinbad Marine assists while in the background are 'Med'-mooring superstrawlers with stern's at right angles to the quayside of Ireland's premier fishing facility. Saga Sapphire in a previous livery scheme of recent years while on a visit to Killybegs, Co. Donegal, became this season to be the only cruiseship to visit both Dublin Port and the Port of Cork during calls in March. This was the veteran vessel's farewell cruise in Irish waters as UK operator Saga Cruises have since disposed the 1981 built cruiseship. AFLOAT also adds tug SMS Cian of Sinbad Marine assists while in the background are 'Med'-mooring superstrawlers with stern's at right angles to the quayside of Ireland's premier fishing facility. Credit: Sinbad Marine-facebook

The multi-million euro cruise-liner industry in Ireland may not recover from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic for three or four years.

As the Independent.ie writes, the warning came as Government sources indicated there are no plans to lift a ban on major cruise liners operating from Irish ports as part of their ongoing pandemic-control measures.

Worth an estimated €70m to the Irish economy, the pandemic came as a crippling blow to the industry which had been expanding over the past 15 years following decades of decline since its 1950s heyday.

Several cruise liners including the Diamond Princess and MS Zaandam found themselves the focus of international headlines earlier this year when some passengers tested positive for Covid-19 and the ships were denied normal berthing in Japan and South American.

Within weeks of the pandemic, the entire global cruise-liner industry had ground to a halt.

It came as a cruel blow for several Irish ports, among them Dublin and Cork as mentioned in more of this story.

Published in Cruise Liners
Jehan Ashmore

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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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