What a wonderful World: luxury liner cruises into capital
THE World has come to Ireland, but only the wealthiest may step on board.
Dublin Port was the location for the arrival yesterday of the world's most luxurious cruise liner. Named 'The World', the 43,000-tonne ship carried more than 200 high-spend passengers for a four-day trip to the capital.
But as awe-struck Dubliners gathered at the side of the East Link Bridge as the ship docked just after 3pm, it became clear that this was a strictly VIP event with security only letting in those on the guest list.
"If they've all brought their euros, Dublin will benefit," one onlooker predicted.
One man who hopes to benefit more than most from the stopover is entrepreneur Harry Crosbie whose landmark Point Village, where the newly-opened Dublin Wheel is located, stands close to where the vessel docked.
"I think the city will get a big economic boost from the ship," Mr Crosbie told the Irish Independent yesterday.
"I'm just in to have a quick look . . . I was on it before when it was last here a couple of years ago. Myself and (the late broadcaster) Gerry Ryan had a meal in one of its restaurants when it was on its maiden voyage."
'The World' is known as a 'property ship' because the 165 residential units on board are owned by the people who stay in them as the vessel circumnavigates the globe. Prices range from $600,000 (€456,00) for a studio apartment, to $13.5m (€10.2m) for a luxury suite.
Among the big attractions are an onboard pool, spa, jogging track, and full-sized tennis court, music venue, cinema, library grocery shop and five restaurants.
The arrival was marked with an address by Dublin Lord Mayor Edie Wynne to crew of 'The World'.
"Dublin Port Company's work in bringing cruise ships such as 'The World' to Dublin City provides a welcome boost to retailers and other businesses in the city," the mayor said.