Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The Wind Surf

An award winning, luxury sailing ship is docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today (18.07.2013). The Wind Surf – a five masted sailing ship – is scheduled to embark 300 guests and disembark 280 guests in Dún Laoghaire ahead of a ten day Gaelic Explorer cruise which includes the Isle of Man, Portrush in Antrim as well as Stromness, Invergordon, Peterhead and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire as a turnaround port meaning that guests will embark and disembark in Dún Laoghaire. Turnaround ports often enjoy additional economic benefits as guests use local services such hotels and restaurants before and after their cruise.

Speaking about the visit, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire Harbour as an turnaround port which augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits. Clearly, the cruise tourism sector has great potential to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general.”

“Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on the cruise tourism market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners. In 2013, Dún Laoghaire Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls from cruise line customers including P&O, Cunard and Windstar Cruises, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. This is up from just 200 passengers in 2012.”

“However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly. We are working together with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

As part of the Stakeholder Group, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels. Under the recently published National Ports Policy, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.

The Wind Surf is the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet which operates five sailing yachts known for their luxurious amenities and unique ports of call. Carrying 312 guests and 191 international staff, The Wind Surf has a remarkable seven triangular, self-furling, bridge operated sails.

 

Visit of P&O Arcadia a Landmark in Development of Dún Laoghaire as Cruise Centre

Press Release

Tuesday, 9th July 2013

Visit of P&O Arcadia a Landmark in Development of Dún Laoghaire as Cruise Centre

Today (Tuesday, 9th July) marks another significant landmark in the development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour as a location for visits by cruise ships, with the arrival early this morning of the Arcadia, a mid-size vessel of the famous P&O line.

Around 2,388 passengers have arrived in Dún Laoghaire by tender boat today. Dún Laoghaire is the first port of call since the Arcadia left Southampton on Sunday. The exclusively adult cruise will leave Dún Laoghaire this evening at 6pm and sail north to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. The 16-deck ship has 82,500 gross tonnes, is 290 metres long and 32 wide and is able to travel at a maximum speed of 24 knots.

Speaking after the arrival of the Arcadia this morning, the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “This is an important day for Dún Laoghaire Harbour and augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits.”

“The cruise line business is a growing market sector in the tourism industry.  Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on this market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners.  However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly.”

“Working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group the Harbour Company has engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

“To ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels, the Stakeholder Group has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This is entirely consistent with the designation of Dún Laoghaire under the recently published National Ports Policy as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.”

“The visit of the Arcadia shows the potential of this sector of tourism to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general”.

A further seven cruise vessels are expected to visit Dún Laoghaire Harbour over the next two months including a luxury, masted sailing ship, The Wind Star later this month.

ENDS

Contact: Ciara Murphy, DHR Communications at Ciara@dhr.ie / 087-9626231.

 

New Tourist Office

A new Tourist Office has been established in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall.

Opening times – 7 days a week
11:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00   Closed for Lunch
15:00 – 18:00

For further information on tourism & events in Dun Laoghaire please contact the tourist office at dlrtourismcentre@gmail.com or visit www.dunlaoghaire.ie & www.dlrevents.ie.

 

Dún Laoghaire Prepares for Giant Multihull Routes des Princes Race Call

Route de Prince

The first edition of the Route des Princes, a new European Tour for racing multihulls will kick off on Sunday, 9th June from Valencia in Spain to the Bay of Morlaix in France via Lisbon, Dún Laoghaire and Plymouth. The nine multihulls led by the flagship new Maxi 80 multihull Prince de Bretagne will arrive in Dún Laoghaire on Thursday, 20th or Friday, 21st of June depending on weather conditions.

The race seeks to mix exciting competition on the water with engaging activities ashore with a festival taking place in Dún Laoghaire from Friday, 21st June to Sunday, 23rd of June. Festivities start with a concert at the Band Stand on the East Pier at 5pm on Friday along with food courts and children’s amusements. On Saturday and Sunday, the multihulls will race in the bay from 2pm to 5pm with live commentary from Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens. Bands performing over the weekend include: CRASH, Dirty Epics, Tig Linn, The Army Band, The Shoos, Jupe and Robert Delaney.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said, “This year’s Route des Princes festival on the famous east pier is being hosted by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in association with the National Yacht Club and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. It promises to be a great weekend with high quality sailing and a wide breadth of entertainment, from live music to face painting, amusements for kids to a great selection of food and much more. The event will be a great experience for the whole family. The Masterplan for the Harbour fully recognises the importance of increasing public participation in all the leisure activities within the harbour.”

Earlier today, Route des Princes organisers announced the fleet would make a bid for the Round Ireland Speed record during their time in Irish waters.  Irish interest will be in the MOD70 Musandam Oman-Air where Irish offshore sailor Damian Foxall will be part of the crew. Damian is one of the world’s leading offshore sailors and has sailed around the world a remarkable nine times and has won both the Barcelona World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Routes des Princes is a unique race, highlighting the town and the region’s food and culture at each stopover. The multihulls competing in the Route des Princes will dock in Valencia, Lisbon, Dún Laoghaire, Plymouth and Roscoff. For more information, please visit: http://www.routedesprinces.fr/en/.

 

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival 2013

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Festival 2013

Another jam-packed afternoon of music takes place on Sunday, 16th June 2013 at The Plaza, Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The second Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival this summer is organised with support from Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and sponsorship by Lycamobile.

The Festival kicks off at 1pm and the line-up includes:

  • Stina O’Neill
  • Robert Delaney Band
  • CRASH
  • VANN MUSIC

In April, Dún Laoghaire Harbour came alive for the first Musical Festival of the summer. Three bands performed from early afternoon and attracted large crowds to Dún Laoghaire. Businesses on the waterfront promenade enjoyed increased custom while Irish musicians reached out to a whole new audience.

Speaking ahead of the second Festival, Lloyd Barber, Festival promoter, said, “The feedback from the first festival was absolutely fantastic with all bands delivering great performances. The location was stunning and we’ve had a great afternoon of sun. The surrounding businesses were all very busy as their customers sat outside and were entertained for free making it a great day for all. Our next show has a brilliant line up with a selection of bands that will appeal to every taste in music; from singer-song writers Stina O’Neill and Robert Delaney and local rock band CRASH delivering a great selection of originals and covers to the up and coming stars the new wave electro band VANN MUSIC.”

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Business Association and Lycamobile.

For further information contact Lloyd Barber on 085 833 7199 or Lloyd@legendsofrock.ie

 

Crowds turn out for RMS Queen Mary 2 maiden visit

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A spectacular welcome greeted the arrival of the world’s largest ocean liner when she berthed in Dún Laoghaire this morning (Thursday 16th May 2013).  A five star welcome saw 3,000 passengers greeted by a piper and Irish dancers, tour guides, free wireless and business offers after docking at the Old Coal Harbour.

The RMS Queen Mary II is the first of a flotilla of 14 floating visitors to dock in Dún Laoghaire this year, bringing over 30,000 cruise passengers, and generating an income of €3 million for the area. This compares with just 200 passengers arriving in the harbour in 2012.

The QM2 -the longest, tallest, widest and most expensive liner ever built – departed Greenock in Scotland for Dún Laoghaire on Wednesday evening and will continue her voyage this evening to Holyhead and Liverpool, followed by Invergordon, Stavanger in Norway and then Hamburg in Germany.

Over 35 nationalities from every continent in the world (including 6 from Ireland!) were represented among the passengers, with the majority coming from Germany (1,400) followed by the UK (760) and the US (200).

A ‘mini cruise-festival’ this afternoon (Thursday 16th May) will celebrate the Queen Mary 2 arrival with family entertainment,  boat trips circling the ship, face painting, a complimentary vintage bus, live music and dancing and special offers throughout the town.

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 2 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.  The Queen Mary 2 alone will generate a spend in the region of €400,000 for the area. We have big plans to continue with the rapid development of the lucrative cruise market in the coming months and years.”

“The cruise ship market is the fastest-growing sector in the travel and leisure industry.  Globally, it is experiencing accelerated growth of 7.2 per cent per annum despite the tourism industry declining overall.    It generates direct spend in Ireland in excess of €20 million per annum, however this is a tiny fraction of the €27 billion the market is worth globally. “

“The continuous expansion of the market has increased demand for additional destinations for cruise line operators.  By responding to the high standards set out by the cruise companies, Dún Laoghaire is capitalising on this opportunity and we anticipate rapid year on year growth for Dún Laoghaire in the industry.”

Research conducted by Fáilte Ireland in 2010 revealed that over 80% of passengers disembarking in Ireland considered Ireland an important destination in their itinerary.  The opportunity is enormous.  Dún Laoghaire is seizing this opportunity.   By responding to what they want, we will attract the business.”

The initiative is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council and the Dún Laoghaire Business Association.

 

Visit of Queen Mary II a Milestone in Development of Dún Laoghaire as Cruise Centre

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Today (Thursday, May 16th) marks a significant milestone in the development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour as a location for visits by cruise ships, with the arrival this morning of the Queen Mary II, flagship vessel of the famous Cunard line.

Around 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew were on the vessel that arrived at 7.00am and will remain moored off the harbour until around 6.00pm this evening. Six further cruise vessels are expected to visit Dún Laoghaire Harbour over the next two months with a total of 14 expected over the full season.

Speaking after the arrival of the Queen Mary II this morning, the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “This is an historic day for Dún Laoghaire Harbour and augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits.”

“The cruise line business is a growing market sector in the tourism industry. Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on this market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners. However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly.”

“Working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group the Harbour Company has engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

“To ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels, the Stakeholder Group has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This is entirely consistent with the designation of Dún Laoghaire under the recently published National Ports Policy as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.”

“The visit of the Queen Mary II shows the potential of this sector of tourism to deliver significant economic benefit to DúnLaoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general”.

 

Preparations for the RMS Queen Mary II

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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.

 

Dún Laoghaire Welcomes Six Cruise Ships from May – July 2013

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Up to six cruise vessels are expected to use the facilities at Dún Laoghaire from May – July this year, bringing potentially up to 15,000 passengers and crew ashore. The highlight of the season is likely to be the visit on Thursday, 16th May of the Queen Mary II – the flagship vessel of the famous Cunard Line – with 3,000 passengers and several hundred crew members aboard.

In addition to the Queen Mary II, Dún Laoghaire will be welcoming five more cruise ships from May – July 2013 on:

  • Wednesday, 22nd May
  • Tuesday, 7th July
  • Wednesday, 17th July
  • Thursday, 18th July
  • Friday, 26th July

One of the objectives of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Master Plan, published in 2011, was to enhance Dún Laoghaire’s attractiveness as a gateway for tourists to Ireland by offering state-of- the-art berthing and terminal facilities to ferry and cruise operators.

For more information, please visit http://dlharbour.ie/visit-us/cruise/

 

Give it Some Welly at the RNLI Welly Walk on Sunday, 5th May 2013

Welly Walk Dun Laoghaire Pier - Meet the Lifeboat Crew

MAYDAY is Ireland’s national fundraising event for the RNLI, supported by John West. RNLI volunteers rescue an average of 20 people a week around the wild coasts of Ireland. This MAYDAY, the RNLI are asking you to give it some welly and raise funds to save lives at sea.

This Sunday, meet the crew of the RNLI lifeboats at the Inshore Lifeboat Station and enjoy some family fun on the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire. Events include facepainting, balloon modelling and ‘pitch & toss’.

Further information is available here.

 
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