Huge preparations underway as Dún Laoghaire gears up for mini-cruise fest to celebrate arrival of world’s largest ocean liner – the RMS Queen Mary II
- Magnificent QM2 arrives at 7am approx
- FREE Vintage bus from Dún Laoghaire to Glasthule from 10am
- Boat trips out to circle QM2 with Dublin Bay Cruises (see www.dublinbaycruises.com)
- Face painting at St. Michael’s Church from 2pm
- Street music and dancing at St. Michael’s Church from 2pm
- Special offers throughout the town
- First of 14 cruise arrivals to Dún Laoghaire this year
Major preparations are underway in Dún Laoghaire as the town gears up for a mini-cruise festival to celebrate this Thursday’s gala arrival of the largest ocean liner in the world – the RMS Queen Mary II.
The spectacular cruise ship carrying 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew will berth in Dún Laoghaire for the first time ever at 7am this Thursday (16th May 2013).
A five star welcome will see passengers greeted by a piper and Irish dancers as they embark at the old coal harbour from 7am.
The Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholders’ Group has also installed an advanced wireless facility in Dún Laoghaire so passengers, residents and visitors to the town can enjoy extensive free internet access throughout Dún Laoghaire extending as far as the cruise ship itself during their stay.
A ‘mini cruise-festival’ for both cruise and domestic visitors on the day will include family entertainment, boat trips circling the Queen Mary, face painting, a complimentary vintage bus and live music and dancing and special offers throughout the town.
A new IPhone app for visitors to Dún Laoghaire will launch this Thursday morning (16th May 2013) in time the arrival of over 4,000 cruise passengers at 7am. The ‘CityShopper’ app will offer discounts on tourist attractions, special offers in bars and restaurants and retail deals to visitors to Dún Laoghaire from this week.
Don McManus, Chairman of the Dún Laoghaire Business Association says excitement is rife among the Dún Laoghaire Business community:
“The arrival of the Queen Mary II on Thursday marks the beginning of a new era for Dún Laoghaire. The business community has been hugely supportive in funding the cruise welcome and associated publicity. We have big plans to continue with the rapid development of the lucrative cruise market in the coming years. Last year saw the arrival of just two cruise ships carrying 300 crew and passengers. Following the establishment of a Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group and an aggressive international marketing strategy, this year we will welcome fourteen cruise ships with over 30,000 passengers and crew!”
The initiative is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council and the Dún Laoghaire Business Association.