According to SeaTrade Insider, Dublin Port Company has revealed a Masterplan which includes the building of a new city-centre cruise terminal.
The new cruise facility capable of handling two 300mtr ships adjacent to the East Link Bridge, will accommodate over 135,000 passengers and around 90 cruise ships each season.
The company believes that the location is ideal bringing passengers and crew within easy reach of the city centre shops, eateries and attractions.
The proximity of the port to the airport plus 22,000 city centre hotel beds, half of which are four and five star, means Dublin is also well placed to attract turnaround business, Brenda Daly, marketing manager, Dublin Port Company told Seatrade Insider. ‘Airlift to the US and UK, in particular, is very good,' she added.
The first step towards meeting Dublin’s cruise expansion plans involves a feasibility study currently being undertaken by Bermello Ajamil & Partners. This study will be concluded later this year with a view to having a cruise terminal in place by 2015.
To progress this concept, Dublin Port Company has formed Cruise Dublin, a joint initiative with Dublin City Council and Dublin Chamber of Commerce aimed at further developing the cruise tourism in Dublin, about which more details will be released soon.