IRISH CRUISE MARKET EXPERIENCES CONTINUED GROWTH
More travellers from Ireland are choosing to cruise!
Positive figures released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland today revealed that the number of Irish travellers embarking on a cruise in the key 2018 summer period rose by 11.8 per cent on the same period in 2017.
The total number of cruises taken between January and September rose to 37,000 in 2018 from 34,00 in the same period in 2017 and 31,000 in 2016. Full-year figures for 2018 will be announced in the Spring.
The Western/Central Mediterranean remains the most popular destination for a cruise, followed by the Caribbean.
Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “These figures bear testament to Ireland’s rapidly expanding cruise market and it’s fantastic to see that more Irish travellers are choosing to cruise for their holiday.
“2019 is an exciting time for the cruise industry with 24 new ships being delivered for ocean and river cruise lines, and many existing ships being renovated and refurbished to a standard that rivals even the finest land-based hotels. Never before has there been so much choice for customers in terms of style of ship, itinerary and onboard experiences.
“It is also an exciting and busy year for Irish ports, with cruise ships scheduled to dock across the country over 400 times in 2019. Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises will both have ships sailing roundtrip from Dublin over the coming year, which will see over 27,000 guests embarking and debarking in the city during eight journeys.
“Last year, Belfast welcomed a record 189,000 cruise visitors during the season and the outlook for 2019 looks even brighter. The city can expect to see the total number of times cruise ships dock in the city to surpass last year’s total of 115.”
From The Cruise Room's point of view we knew that interest and demand for cruise was massively on the increase and at this stage it seems that everyone knows someone who's actually been on a cruise if not themselves.
It's fantastic that the news is coming out of CLIA today to confirm this growth of cruise in Ireland and we know that this will only continue to increase in years to come!
IT'S TIME TO GET ONBOARD!! :-)