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Published on : Monday, July 11, 2016
Cobh is a tourist seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland. Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour and is home to Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal. Tourism in the area draws on the maritime and emigration legacy of the town – including its association with the RMS Titanic.
The new figures mean Cork has now surpassed Dublin in terms of cruise tourist numbers.
Last year, 102,217 tourists arrived at the cruise ship terminal in Cobh and the deepwater berth in Ringaskiddy. In Dublin, there were 101,400 visitors from cruise ships.
The passengers disembarking at Cork came from a total of 57 cruise liners that docked here last year. By 2019, Cork is aiming to increase this to 75 visits a year by 2019.
Big vessels are next due in Cobh. The Caribbean Princess, one of the largest ships operated by Princess Cruises is next on the line. It is set to dock this evening with almost 3,600 passengers and 1,000 crew members on board.
Bigger liners, known as quantum class vessels, are also on the cards.
Cobh can now cater to “mammoth” ships, thanks to the installation of a number of high-load mooring bollards at Cobh Cruise Terminal, which formed part of a €1.5m investment last year.
In the next two to four years, the Port of Cobh is ready to welcome its first quantum class cruise ship. This could include gargantuan liners similar to the 1,188ft-long Harmony of the Seas which cost US$1bn and can carry 6,780 guests and 2,100 crew.