French cruise ship set to arrive in Cork

French cruise ship set to arrive in Cork
The Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A MOORING of a luxury cruise in Kinsale will have locals saying ‘c’est magnifique’ today.

Luxury expedition ship, Le Dumon D’Urville, will make its maiden call to Kinsale until 6pm.

The ship carries 184 passengers and 111 crew and is operated by French cruise company Ponant. The company plans to moor four other cruise ships in Kinsale.

The sleek, modern expedition class ship boasts innovative “green” technology and has reinforced hulls to protect against the harsh environment of the Antarctic where it will spend much of its time.

The ship also features a groundbreaking underwater lounge, located beneath the waterline, allowing guests to see, hear and virtually feel marine life in the deep sea.

Guests will be predominantly French although English and American guests are also expected.

Mayor of county Cork Christopher O’Sullivan said the cruise ship industry is a huge contributor to Cork tourism.

“A whopping 76% of cruise passengers surveyed in Irish ports in 2016 said that they would be ‘very’ or ‘quite’ likely to return to Ireland on a general holiday, having visited for the first time on a cruise. This means that not only is there an immediate economic benefit to attracting these visitors to our harbours, but we’re playing the long game too and hoping they will return as longer staying visitors to our region in the future.

“Cork’s extensive coastline, the West Cork Islands and the fantastic facilities in place in our harbours, make it a very appealing destination for sophisticated cruise clients,” the Mayor added.

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