The arrival of Windsurf – the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet – at Dún Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow (4/9) marks the final cruise call of the season to the harbour.
One part sailing yacht and one part upscale cruise ship, Windsurf has seven triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails and carries 312 guests and 191 international staff.
Windsurf visits Dún Laoghaire during the 2013 heatwave. Photo Gilian Mills
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company foresees 2015 to be its most successful year ever in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour with a confirmed 23 cruise vessels and an expected record 66,867 passengers.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s docking of the Windsurf, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, said:
“Due to the attractiveness of Dún Laoghaire and its wonderful harbour, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially since 2012…Cruise passengers provide a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, which will deliver a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland,” remarked Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.