Major jump in cruise liners coming to Cork for the 2018 season

Major jump in cruise liners coming to Cork for the 2018 season
The Disney Magic cruise ship will call to Cork twice in 2018.

The Cobh Cruise Terminal has become an increasingly popular destination for cruise companies.

The 2017 cruise season will come to an end shortly with two cruise liners left to call. In total, 68 vessels will have arrived into Cork this year bringing thousands of passengers and crew.

The Port of Cork has confirmed that bookings for 2018 have surpassed the 100 mark in recent days.

Amongst the visiting liners next year will be the Disney Magic ship which will make two visits in 2018.

Commercial Manager, Captain Michael McCarthy Port of Cork said: "Our cruise bookings have been hovering around 97 and 98 calls in the last month, and to finally hit the 100 mark is truly fantastic for the port and the region."

"Not only expecting 100 cruise lines next year, but confirmation of two calls by Disney Cruise Line is really big news for Cork."

"It goes without saying that over the last two years the Port of Cork has worked incredibly hard to secure these cruise bookings and we are confident this growth can continue," he said.

Cruise liners that arrive into Cork are met by tourism ambassadors from Cork city Council who advise passengers on tourism opportunities in the region. entertainment is also provided in Cobh for visiting passengers.

"We are very fortunate in Cork City and County that there is an abundance of tourist attractions for cruise passengers to visit which are all easily accessible from the port. It is these experiences that have ensured Cobh remains in the top five cruise destinations in Western Europe," Captain McCarthy said.

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