In the latest of our posts looking forward to 2018 we can announce that we will see a record amount of cruise ships visits these shores! In fact 2018 will see over 300 including some of the worlds newest, most famous and most incredible ships visiting Dublin Port, Cobh, Bantry, Galway, Killybegs and Waterford!

Dublin Port of course is already celebrating its 1st home porting season with Celebrity Cruises but there is so much more to look forward to this cruise season! Alongside the several visits from Celebrity Eclipse that you can embark on we will also catch glimpse of Celebrity Silhouette in August, a month which also brings the brand new Azamara Pursuit and MSC's Meraviglia complete with worlds longest LED dome. The season really kicks off in April & May with Royal Princess, the amazing six star Silver Muse, the new Viking Sun, NCL Jade and Royal Caribbeans Brilliance of the Seas.

The beautiful port of Cobh is also in for a bumper season with impressive ships such as NCL Breakaway, MSC Meravgilia and the newly revamped Independence of the Seas on the 13th May. Celebrity will also be bringing Silhouette in August but perhaps the highlight will be not 1 but 2 visits from Disney Magic in September!

While not able to take in ships quite as big as Dublin and Cobh, the ports of Bantry, Killybegs, Waterford and Galway are still welcoming some amazing ships! Waterford however will see visits from Celebrity & Royal as well as Holland America's Prinsendam and Regent Seven Seas Navigator & Explorer! Bantry welcomes Ultra Luxury 6 star Seabourn Quest and Silversea's Silver Wind. Galway kicks off with Silver Muse in May with Oceania Nautica later in the season.

Finally Killybegs may lay claim to the most impression collection of visits welcoming not 1 but 2 Queens in the shape of newly revamped Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as well as the brand new Seabourn Ovation in what is an amazing season for this port in Donegal.

To help you remember when these amazing ships are in town we're adding some of the highlights to our cruise calendar here:

Ok, so you won't be able to embark but it's always worth going to have a look, seeing the sheer size of these ships, you will be surprised at just how big some of these are and it's always a joy to watch them sail out into the sunset or indeed sail in as the sun is rising!

1 thing is clear, no matter how you look at it, ship visits, homeporting, passenger numbers... that this is going to be Ireland's biggest year yet for cruise!

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