For the first time ever more than 100 cruise ships were welcomed into Dublin this year with more than 100,000 passengers and an additional 40,000 crew members arriving into Dublin Port alone.
In fact, Dublin Port Company recorded its 1,000,000th cruise passenger since 1992 arrive on Carnival Legend last week.
With each cruise passenger that visits Dublin spending an average of €100 each when they come ashore, 2013 has truly been one of Dublin’s most successful cruise tourism seasons to date reaffirming that cruise tourism a significant contributor to Dublin tourism.
Our Visit Dublin team has been doing their bit to ensure passengers experience Dublin in the right way and have produced a printed map which is distributed on board each visiting ship. Furthermore, the street ambassadors from Dublin City BID are providing an information service to passengers on the ground on behalf of Fáilte Ireland.
Speaking about the growth in cruise tourism Keith Mc Cormack, Fáilte Ireland said,
“Cruise tourism is a growth market for Dublin tourism contributing a significant amount to the economy each year and the number of cruises coming to Dublin has grown 12.5% since 2004. This year we have seen a growth in the number of vessels docking in Dublin as well as an increase in the number of passengers disembarking in Dublin and spending extended periods of time in the city and region. This type of visitor behaviour has excellent repercussions for Ireland.
“The real significance and commitment to this growth area can be seen now that the Grow Dublin Taskforce has added a specific cruise tourism strand to their objectives which aim to grow visitor numbers to Dublin.”
Published: 2nd October 2013