Saturday 16 December 2017

Cruise fleet will call Dublin home during 2018

Celebrity Cruises will be using Dublin Port as a 'home' destination beginning in 2018
Celebrity Cruises will be using Dublin Port as a 'home' destination beginning in 2018
Pól Ó Conghaile

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Celebrity Cruises is set to become the first major cruise line to home port in Dublin, with a "mini-season" announced during 2018.

A state-of-the-art, Solstice-class ship will offer five northern European cruises from Dublin Port between April and June of that year.

Full details on destinations and prices have yet to be confirmed, but some 14,000 guests are expected to start their cruise holiday from the capital in a move worth an estimated €6m to Dublin and the surrounding area.

"Calling Dublin home in 2018 is a major development to our European deployment," said Jo Rzymowska, managing director of Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland.

"Celebrity Cruises has enjoyed significant support throughout Ireland for many years. Now we are saying thank you by basing one of the flagships of our fleet in Dublin for a mini-season."

The move is a major boost to Dublin Port, which is set to welcome 180,000 cruise ship passengers this year, but has been working to build that calling business by developing the city into a 'home' or 'turnaround' port for major cruise lines.

With a €230m redevelopment of its Alexandra Basin under way, Dublin will be in a position to welcome even the world's largest cruise ships by 2020.

"It has been a clear ambition of Dublin Port to attract a cruise line to offer our great city as a home port," said Pat Ward, the Port's head of corporate services. "Celebrity Cruises will be an important step-change in our history. The opportunities this new investment will bring are extensive."

In 2017, Celebrity's European itineraries range from €1,239 for an eight-night western Mediterranean cruise to €1,429 per person for a 12-night Scandinavian and Russia cruise.

Irish Independent

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