Celebrity Cruises has become the first major cruise line to confirm Dublin Port as a home port when a ship will call there during early summer 2018.
For five sailings commencing in late April, throughout May and until the end of June 2018, one of Celebrity Cruises’ 2,800+ guest Solstice-class ships will offer cruises throughout northern Europe from Dublin. Full details on the destinations on offer will be announced later this year. More than 14,000 people are estimated to start their cruise holiday from Dublin on a Celebrity Cruises ship in 2018.
The cruise lines says the move is worth an estimated almost €6 million to Dublin and the surrounding area in knock-on economic benefits. Celebrity Cruises already features Dublin and other ports throughout Ireland in its European deployment, however this is the most significant increase in its investment into Ireland in the history of the global business.
Jo Rzymowska, managing director, Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland, explains:
“Celebrity Cruises has enjoyed significant support from our travel agent partners and guests throughout Ireland for many years. Now we are saying thank you by basing one of the flagships of our fleet in Dublin for a mini season during early summer 2018. We know that our guests from around the world, and in Ireland, will love the warm welcome they receive when starting a holiday in Dublin.
“Calling Dublin home in 2018 is a major development to our European deployment. We couldn’t be more excited. Thank you to Dublin Port for their support.”
In 2016 Dublin Port has played host to over 180,000 cruise visitors on more than 100 cruise ship calls, of which four were cruise ship turnarounds where the ship begins its sailing and guests embark.
Pat Ward, Dublin Port, comments:
“It has been a clear ambition of Dublin Port to attract a cruise line to offer our great city as a homeport. Today, that ambition is realised and Celebrity Cruises will be an important step-change in our history. The opportunities that this new investment will bring are extensive. We look forward to maximising this new platform for growth and welcoming yet more cruise ships and holidaymakers to Dublin for the first time.”