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Dublin Port Welcomes Celebrity Eclipse, The First Cruise Ship to Call the City Home

29th April 2018
Tug boat Shackleton and Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse has arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise ship to be based from the port. Celebrity Cruises will operate five cruises from Dublin Port in 2018 that will see over 14,000 people start their holiday from the city.  Calling Dublin home until June 2018, Celebrity Eclipse's regular departures from the city are each expected to bring an estimated €1 million in knock-on economic benefits to the area. Celebrity Cruises has already committed to return in 2019 Tug boat Shackleton and Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse has arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise ship to be based from the port. Celebrity Cruises will operate five cruises from Dublin Port in 2018 that will see over 14,000 people start their holiday from the city.  Calling Dublin home until June 2018, Celebrity Eclipse's regular departures from the city are each expected to bring an estimated €1 million in knock-on economic benefits to the area. Celebrity Cruises has already committed to return in 2019 Photo: Conor McCabe

The first cruise ship to ever be based in Dublin has arrived into port. Celebrity Eclipse from Celebrity Cruises will bring 2,850 guests into the city each time a sailing starts from Dublin Port. In total, over 14,000 people will start their cruise holiday from Dublin on Celebrity Eclipse in 2018.

As Afloat.ie reported in November 2016, Celebrity Eclipse was revealed as Dublin Port's first major 'Home Port' cruiseship.

On Monday 30 April 2018, guests will embark Celebrity Eclipse to enjoy the inaugural sailing and first cruise of the season based from the port, a 10-night Ireland and Iceland cruise.

CelebrityXDublinPort 74The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse has arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise ship to be based from the port. Photo: Conor McCabe

Boasting a real grass lawn on the top deck and 19 bars and restaurants, Celebrity Eclipse is twice the length of the pitch at Croke Park at 317m long and features more than five-times the number of rooms as the Shelbourne Hotel.

“Thank you to the city of Dublin for making Celebrity Eclipse feel so at home. We’re blown away by the welcome" – Jo Rzymowska

Jo Rzymowska, vice president and managing director, Celebrity Cruises, Ireland, UK and Asia, commented:

“Thank you to the city of Dublin for making Celebrity Eclipse feel so at home. We’re blown away by the welcome. This is the first time in three years that we’ve added a new European homeport to our itineraries and Dublin has exceeded our expectations. Testament to the strong demand from our guests to sail from Dublin, we are excited to return with another ship and another mini season in 2019.”

The ship’s arrival received a warm welcome in Dublin, with dancers and musicians greeting guests disembarking from the transatlantic cruise that departed Miami on 15 April 2018. Guests enjoyed an overnight stay in the city on-board the ship before ending their cruise.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál MacDonncha added:

“I’m pleased to welcome Celebrity Cruises and the many thousands of international holidaymakers they will bring to Dublin over the next few months and in 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for the city following years of investment, and a great milestone in the success of our expanding cruise port.”

CelebrityXDublinPort 120Celebrity Eclipse's regular departures from the city are each expected to bring an estimated €1 million in knock-on economic benefits to the area

Expected to bring a business-boom to the city, each turnaround of the ship in Dublin will generate over an estimated €1 million in knock-on economic benefits.* Celebrity Eclipse will begin five cruises in Dublin Port including sailings to Iceland and a Norwegian Fjords itinerary.

A first from a major cruise line, Celebrity Cruises will base the ship in Dublin until June 2018. Due to popular demand, Celebrity Cruises has confirmed that in 2019 sister-ship Celebrity Reflection will sail into Dublin to offer another mini season of cruises from the capital.

Pat Ward, Head of Cruise Tourism, Dublin Port Company, comments:

“2017 was a record breaking year for Dublin Port with 127 ships making a stop in the capital and over 210,000 cruise visitors using the port. In 2018 we are on target to exceed that further, with the homeporting of Celebrity Eclipse in the city making a significant difference to our growth plans. We look forward to continuing to work with Celebrity Cruises to continue this success in 2019.”

Dublin Port Company’s multi-million-euro investment programme to futureproof the port has already delivered the first of new berths to accommodate customer investments in new vessels and routes. Based on Dublin Port’s Masterplan, the company is investing €132m this year alone to ensure the timely delivery of new infrastructure and additional capacity, while capital investment of €1 billion is planned over the next decade. 

In May and June 2019 the Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Reflection will sail from Dublin Port as part of a mini-season offering five cruises from Ireland. Celebrity Reflection is marginally larger than Celebrity Eclipseaccommodating just over 3,000 guests and features many of the same luxury venues.

Celebrity Cruises sails on every continent in the world and has a fleet of 12 ships. The revolutionary new shipCelebrity Edge will join the fleet in November 2018. The cruise line is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the second large cruise business in the world.

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Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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