John Mullins said a predicted leap in the number of cruise passengers visiting Cork and plans for further investment in the sector have been put at risk following the shock announcement in recent days.
Dublin Port has revealed plans to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed into the capital from 160 this year to 80 in 2021 because of the need for increased capacity for container traffic when the UK leaves the EU.
Mr Mullins said this could have a worrying impact on the cruise trade in Cork.
“Dublin is one of the most attractive cities for visitors and is the cornerstone of the cruise route that takes in the Irish Sea,” he said.
“Cork is part of that increasingly popular route, as is Belfast and a number of ports in Britain. But without Dublin as a major draw, cruise liners may choose other routes.
“It is so easy for them to pop those ships into the Carribean or the Mediterranean instead.
“They are completely mobile.”