THE luxury Disney cruise liner will visit Cork next year for the first time.
The Port of Cork said the ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork for the first time as part of their new seven-night British Isles cruise, departing in September 2018.
The 11-deck liner accommodates 3,700 passengers and crew and is designed primarily with family in mind.
Making the announcement, Disney Cruise Line described Cork as ‘home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes. It invites visitors to connect with Ireland’s ancient past, with historic sites like Blarney Castle, where visitors can kiss the famed Blarney Stone.’ Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager Port of Cork said he expected next year's maiden call to be the first of many visits to Cork.
"After years of marketing the region and port capabilities, we are delighted to say the hard work has paid off and we are very excited to welcome Disney Cruise Line to our port in 2018."
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the region particularly family attractions that are set to benefit from such cruise visits," he said.
2017 is being described as one of the busiest cruise seasons in Cork with 69 cruise liners calling to the port.