Dublin Port Company has broken it's silence on the situation surrounding cruise ships in Dublin...
🚫 In effect Dublin Port have confirmed there will be no turnaround cruises in 2021 - so you will not be able to begin or end your journey in Dublin.
🚫 Dublin Port are limiting cruise ship visits to Tuesday to Thursday at limited numbers - in effect 2010 levels!
🚫 Dublin Port are increasing all costs to cruise lines to come to Dublin in 2019, 2020 and 2021
Dublin Port are looking for cruise lines to engage and make financial committments in order to build new berths in Dublin Port!
For us if Dublin Port are looking for cruise lines to engage with and support future projects in Dublin Port it's certainly going a funny way about it.....
You can read this article here:
The issue has reached the Dail with Simon Coveney admitting that a conversation needs to be had with Dublin Port!
THE CRUISE ROOM VIEW - EVERYONE IS AFFECTED!
It seems that Dublin Port Company are reviewing operations in order to afford more land to cargo operations, security and customs checking etc and all this is impacting on it's ability to entertain cruise ships. This isn't just about Brexit, this is also about profits.
We also know that there are many other fantastic ports across the country - Cobh is a stunning port and is an absolute credit to the country! Cobh and the people in Cobh are so welcoming to cruise ships with a second berth being worked on. Belfast is growing also and has been working on a proper cruise terminal. However this isn't really the point...
Dublin has more cruise calls than any other port in the country and Celebrity & Princess homeporting last year in Dublin and this year has been a massive step forward...not just for the entire cruise industry but last year alone brought €50 million into the local economy. Cruising can bring so much business into the country...from hotels to tourist attractions, shops to food suppliers, transport to tour guides.
Cruising is growing globally and more and more ports are opening up to cruise, working with cruise lines, working with governments and tourist boards - Dublins decision to go against the trend across the world may have a massive effect on all ports with cruise lines simply going elsewhere!
Why would they invest further in a country that doesn't seem to want to be working with them? There are plenty of other options out there and Ireland needs cruising more than cruising needs Ireland.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
In the short term you can do a couple of things please:
1, Share this post to raise awareness and / or spread the word . We need Tourism Ireland, Shane Ross TD and more to get invovled.
2, Go follow Excursions Ireland Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
3, Follow us across social media or come and chat about this & other things cruise related amongst people just like you over on The Cruise Room Ireland - 'Roomies'where we'll keep you right up to date with all the latest.
THE CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE THIS STARTS RIGHT HERE!