Friday, September 27 12:11:17
This morning's arrival of the millionth cruise ship visitor this year marked the end of a record cruise season for Dublin Port. The number of passengers has tripled in a decade with almost 13pc growth per annum.
In 2013, 100 cruise liners brought over 150,000 high spending visitors (passengers and crew) to the city. Research carried out by Red C has found that each passenger spends E100 in Dublin on their visit. Cruise passengers have spent an estimated E100m directly in the local economy since 1992.
The future outlook for cruise business to Dublin is set for continued growth. Recent independent research carried out by Bermello Ajamil and Partners estimates that the potential over the next 20 years is for Dublin to reach more than 400,000 passengers (8.2pc per annum average growth).
This year over 30 cruise liners berthed at the East Link Bridge for the first time. Dublin Port Company plans a multi-million euro investment to rebuild more than 3km of existing berths thereby allowing up to three large cruise liners berth in full view of the city with cruise passengers immediate access to the city's restaurants, shops and attractions.
The new berths will enable 340 metre cruise liners to berth right up to East Link Bridge at the city gates, and leave open the potential for a future complementary commercial development at East Link Bridge, with public spaces and access to the water when cruise ships are not there.