Magic for retailers as Disney liner to sail into city with 2,700 on board
Dublin is in line for a major tourism windfall after the city was added as a stopping-off destination for a massive transatlantic cruise liner operated by a Walt Disney company subsidiary.
Mickey Mouse and a host of other characters will descend on the capital on May 26 next year when the 'Disney Magic' liner, part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet of luxury ships, makes port here.
Dublin Port has also been added to a second Disney travel package which will see the 'Magic' liner stop in June 2016.
The ship can accommodate 2,700 passengers and 950 staff and performers, who will be here for around 12 hours.
Disney Cruise Line recommends a number of potential attractions for passengers to visit, including the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, and Christ Church. Dublin Town, the business representative body, said passengers on such cruise ships typically spend on average more than €100 per person during stop-overs.
"It's very welcome that Dublin has been added as a destination. We do see a big boost when such cruise ships stop here. Shops will also often hire additional staff so there are huge spin-off benefits as well," CEO Richard Guiney said.
The 'Magic' liner is 984ft (300m) long with 11 decks, and boasts numerous swimming pools, bars, restaurants and clubs. The May stopover is part of the 14-night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise, which starts in Port Canaveral in Florida and ends in Dover in England.
A stay in a standard inside stateroom for two adults and two children is available from €5,498.42 and includes dining, entertainment and character experience.
The June visit is part of a 12-night Disney Magic Cruise around Ireland and Britain.
Dublin Port is planning a major redevelopment of the Alexandra Basin in the north port area.