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Cruise ships in Dublin

Next year will be the most successful yet for attracting cruise ships to Dun Laoghaire harbour, it has been claimed.

Dun Laoghaire welcomed two cruise calls in 2012 with 140 passengers onboard.

Last year saw 13 cruise vessels use the facilities at Dun Laoghaire, with the highlight of the season being the visits of Cunard's Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.

"Since 2012, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially," said Gerry Dunne, chief executive of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

He said that would continue.