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Cruise season worth €12m to Cork

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 4:50pm

The 2018 cruise season provided a €12 million windfall to the Cork economy, it has been revealed.

The announcement was made this week by the Port of Cork, who praised the “significant boost” to Cork from the cruise season as it draws to a close, with one more ship to visit in December.

Port of Cork Chief Executive Brendan Keating said that while its cruise business had grown 30 per cent this year, Cork was the biggest winner: “The biggest beneficiary is the region, with up to €12 million injected into the local economy over the summer cruise season,” he said. “This is a significant boost which we are delighted to facilitate. “In 2019 we anticipate over 100 cruise calls to Cork, and realistically this is how we expect the cruise business pace to continue.”

The Port of Cork last week launched its ‘Expressions of Interest’ to the market, inviting submissions from potential interested parties to develop and/or operate a second cruise berth in Cobh.

Conor Mowlds, Port of Cork Chief Commercial Officer, said: “From the Port’s perspective, we know this business is growing, and we want to have every possible option ready to capitalise on this business.”

A total of 92 cruise ships will have visited Cork in 2018, with over 157,000 passengers and 69,000 crews stepping ashore this summer. Further information on the Expression of Interest can be found at

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