Port of Cork Company Reveals 23% Increase in Cruise Calls in 2024

The Celebrity Eclipse at Cobh, Ireland (Courtesy Port of Cork)The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) is delighted to announce its highly anticipated Cruise Liner Schedule for 2024, showcasing a surge of 23% more vessels expected to visit the Port of Cork this year.

The port is set to welcome an impressive 116 cruise vessels between April and November 2024, surpassing the 2023 figure of 94 ships that brought 180,000 passengers to the region.

It is estimated that cruise tourism contributes €17 million to the local economy, with Cruise Tourism onshore spending averaging at €81 per passenger and €29 per crewperson.

Marking the beginning of the cruise season, the MS Sirena, operated by Oceania Cruises, is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Cork on April 1st, 2024. With a length exceeding 180 meters and a capacity to carry over 850 passengers, the MS Sirena sets the stage for what promises to be a thriving year for Cork’s cruise industry.

The cruise liners expected to arrive in Cork will originate from all over the world, from exotic locations such as Bermuda, to the US and Canada and from all over Europe. The biggest ship of the season is expected to be the MSC Virtuosa, which spans 331m and can carry almost 8,000 passengers and crew.

Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Cork Company, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming season, stating, “We are thrilled to see the cruise industry is continuing to thrive. The substantial increase in bookings for 2024 reflects the collective efforts and united approach to the development and support of cruise activities from the Port, City, County and local businesses – highlighting Cork as a premier cruise destination. The Port of Cork is proud to play a vital role in connecting with cruise liners, passengers, and crew from around the world and welcoming them to Ireland.”

Niamh McCarthy, Managing Director of Excursions Ireland added, “This positive news not only reflects the growing appeal of the Port of Cork as a popular cruise destination but also signifies the dynamic opportunities for tourism and trade businesses to further enhance the visitor experience. As the leading provider of ground services to international cruise lines visiting Ireland, we are committed to delivering exceptional shore excursions, ensuring that each visitor to Cork enjoys a memorable and enriching experience. We look forward to contributing to the success of Cork as a flourishing cruise hub and creating lasting impressions for every guest we have the pleasure of hosting.”

Toddy Stafford, President of Cobh and Harbour Chamber, shared his anticipation for the busy year ahead, saying, “The increase in cruise calls this year is a testament to the collaboration between Port of Cork and local stakeholders and businesses. We eagerly anticipate another successful season that will not only boost local trade and tourism through the influx of passengers and crew but also bring a wave of visitors to Cobh to view these majestic cruise ships in Cork Harbour.”

(Port of Cork Company Reveals 23% Increase in Cruise Calls in 2024 – Port of Cork)