Twenty-three cruise vessels are confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015, bringing a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to welome 60,751 passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay and the first time the Borough’s passenger footfall will exceed the City, according to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Dún Laoghaire gears up for a record number of cruise liners in 2015. Photo Gillian Mills
“The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively, to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015,” remarked the company’s CEO, Gerry Dunne.
“Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company will be working with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dún Laoghaire’s Business Improvement District to ensure that cruise passengers have a memorable visit to the town and are encouraged to return, providing a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, and a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland.”
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is currently finalising an application to An Bord Pleanála under Strategic Infrastructure Development to build a new €15m cruise berth facility to cater for the ‘next generation cruise ships’.
In 2011, the DUn Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group was formed to bring together stakeholders with an interest in developing cruise business. The group has engaged in various marketing campaigns, particularly in the United States.
In 2012, two cruise liners called to Dún Laoghaire with 140 passengers onboard. Last year the numbers has grown to 13 cruise vessels and included vists by Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.