Friday 30 April 2010
The Port of Cork is proud to announce the maiden voyage of M.V. Celebrity Eclipse to Cork on Friday 30th April will be the 500th cruise liner to visit Cork.
The brand new luxury liner, carrying over 3,000 passengers is on her first cruise from Southampton to Cork. Described as a floating masterpiece, M.V. Celebrity Eclipse has many delights onboard to entertain passengers such as the Lawn Club, a dedicated area on the top deck of the ship featuring real, growing grass, where guests can play croquet or golf, or even have a picnic; the Hot Glass Show, the first glass blowing studio at sea and a selection of 10 restaurants onboard.
Marking the occasion of the 500th cruise liner to visit Cork, Port of Cork Chief Executive Brendan Keating said; ‘This is a momentous day for the Port of Cork and Cork. Our cruise business has grown exceptionally over the years and continues to grow creating huge opportunities for the business and the economic contribution to the region.’
He continued; ‘Cork must capitalise on being voted within the Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit and as a port, we will continue to communicate this message to the cruise companies encouraging further cruise ships to call to Cork. Cork is the only dedicated cruise berth in Ireland and with our favourable location on the south coast of Ireland and the exciting shore excursions on offer, means Cork is an attractive destination for cruise companies.’
2010 will see 53 cruise liners visit the Port of Cork, bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to the region. M.V. Celebrity Eclipse and M.V. Independence of the Seas will spend two overnight stays in Cobh, while M.V. World, the luxurious liner with private apartments onboard, will stay for two nights. This commitment from cruise companies to stay overnight highlights Cork as a growing cruise destination and proves that Cork can offer and compete with some of the best cruise destinations in the world.
To celebrate the arrival of the 500th cruise liner to visit Cork, the Port of Cork will make a special presentation to the captain of M.V. Celebrity Eclipse. Arriving on Friday 30th April at 3pm and departing on Saturday 1st May at 6pm, there will be family fun in Cobh for both passengers and visitors, organised by the Cobh and Harbour Chamber while the local Cobh Brass and Reed Band will play on the quayside as the liner departs.
Capable of handling the largest liners in the world and the only port with a dedicated cruise berth, Cork is proud to host on average 50 liners per year.