Irish ports will have their busiest ever cruise ship season in 2017 with over 300 cruise ships scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past 3 years which has seen a 50% increase in the number of cruise calls to Ireland.
Details of the record numbers were released by Cruise Ireland during its attendance at Seatrade Cruise Global, the world’s largest expo for the cruise industry which is taking place this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cruise Ireland, an All-Ireland Marketing cooperative, made up from the island’s ports, shipping agents, excursion companies and visitor attractions, however, believes that there is scope for even greater significant increases in the number of cruise ship visits.
Speaking at Seatrade, Joe O’Neill, current Chairman of Cruise Ireland and Belfast Harbour’s Commercial Director, said:
“In the past 10 years the island of Ireland has outperformed the European market place; recording average annual growth in cruise passenger numbers of 13% against the European average across the same period of 9%. Feedback from cruise lines on their experience of visiting Ireland is very positive and encouragingly the cruise industry is projecting that demand for Ireland as a cruise destination will continue with a 14% growth forecast to 2020.”
“The island of Ireland continues to deliver world class experiences for the international cruise visitor and with Titanic Belfast recently being voted as the world’s leading tourist attraction we have a broad range of world class, must see attractions, right across the island i.e. Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher to name but a few. Awareness of Ireland as a cruise destination has grown significantly in recent years however we are confident that by aligning our marketing efforts with the international marketing campaigns managed by the island’s national tourism agencies – Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Tourism NI, that there is a huge opportunity for us to reach an even wider cruise audience.”
Currently most cruise ships to the island call at ports in the major cities of Dublin, Belfast and Cork, but smaller ports such as Galway, Derry-Londonderry, Waterford, Killybegs and Dun Laoghaire are also attracting calls, spreading the economic impact of the cruise industry across the whole island.
Mr O’Neill added:
“The members of Cruise Ireland have been attending Seatrade for over 21 years now and we are realising the fruits of our efforts with the 300+ calls the island will receive this year. It is essential that we are here to ensure that the potential of the island is raised among each of the Executives from the Cruise Lines represented at this conference to make sure that Ireland remains firmly fixed as a destination of choice offering multiple calls in close proximity and ultimately an exceptional visitor experience.”
Cruise ships calling at Irish ports range from the largest vessels operating in Europe such as the Royal Princess with over 5,000 passengers and crew to smaller expedition and luxury vessels with just 50 passengers.
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Notes to Editors
Around 40% of visitors are from North America, 20% from Germany and 15% from Great Britain.
The most popular shore excursions for cruise visitors include the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction Titanic Belfast, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, and the Giant’s Causeway.
Cruise Ireland is a ‘Business to Business’ marketing association established to promote the island of Ireland as a world class destination for the international cruise community. Its members include ports and harbours as well as port agents, shore excursions companies, visitor attractions and DMO’s.
“SOME HISTORY OF DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR, 1817-2017”
BY CORMAC F. LOWTH
2017 marks the 200th. anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the
great Harbour of Dun Laoghaire. Cormac F. Lowth be presenting a vast array of
rare and interesting illustrations and photographs along with a host of informative
facts about a great many aspects of the Harbour over the past two hundred years.
He will be looking at the old Harbour of Dunleary, the building of the great Harbour
of Refuge, the transition to Kingstown, and later Dun Laoghaire, and these will
include the naval presence, yachting activities, shipwrecks, the R.N.L.I., fishing,
maritime commerce, mailboats, and much more.
The meeting will commence with the launch of a new copy of the Society’s journal
which has been specially commissioned to mark the occasion of the 200th.
anniversary of the Harbour. It is entitled “A Safe Anchorage” and it contains a great
many articles about the Harbour that have published in the Society’s journals over
the years. Price is €8
Location : Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire
Time :8pm 22.03.2017
Admission : €3 All Welcome
Parking free for ticket holders
Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall met today with our
CEO Gerry Dunne in the Irish Embassy in London to discuss the upcoming Bicentenary Celebrations.
#DLHarbour200 #StoriesDLHarbour #DLH200years.
The Ball has announced their line up for the Intervarcity festival this coming April 2017.
Headlining is Irish Singer Songwriter Gavin James along with Bakermat Live, Route 94, Waze & Odyssey, Hare Squead, Smash Hits, Mark Mc Cabe and many more
This unique event takes place in the Ferry Terminal Compound overlooking the harbour.
More details to be confirmed at http:www.theball.ie.
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place this 6-9th July 2017.
Its one of the biggest events of the harbour sailing calendar and involves all 4 yacht clubs Dun Laoghaire Yacht clubs and entrants from the sailing community nationwide and overseas.
To celebrate the Harbour Bicentenary the committee have added to the race schedule to include a unique classic boat race to celebrate the harbours bicentenary. The race will see international and local classic boats taking part.
For more information go to http://www.dlregatta.org/
Dun Laoghaire Harbour has a busy year of sailing ahead. 2017 will see the return of the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta welcoming international & local teams for the weekend of the 6-9 July.
The weekend always creates a great atmosphere in the Harbour and this year is no exception. As part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Celebrations the Regatta will include the Kingstown 200 Classic Race.
This race will welcome classic boats to take part in a sailing spectacle to commemorate this harbours 200th year.
More information on sailing events can be found at www.sailing.ie .