March 19, 2019 - Dublin, one of the most pleasant European metropolises, will put a tight rein on cruise tourism from 2021. After 160 ships registered for 2019, only 80 ships will be allowed to call at the port in the full year 2021. Dublin's port does not suffer from “overtourism” like Dubrovnik or Barcelona; The reason for the reduction in ship calls is the growing freight business.
Above all, the increasing volume of freight is causing the Dublin port administration to adopt a new price structure for Cruise ships and to introduce additional regulations. The aim is to return to the starting situation of 80 with approximately 2010 cruise ships each year. Around 80 cruisers called at the port of the Republic of Ireland at the mouth of the Liffey. After that, the numbers probably got out of hand. Last year signed up in Dublin 150 cruise ships to visit. In the current year the number will rise to 160 calls and 2020 ship calls have already been booked for 140. In addition to the limitation of calls, the port for cruise ships will probably be on weekends (Friday to Monday) and also for turnarounds, i.e. H. accepting new passengers, will be closed.
Sean O'Casey Bridge
The increasing popularity of the Dublin metropolitan area, it has around 1,1 million inhabitants, is due to the fact that in extreme cases 200 ships could dock in Dublin every year. The demand would be there. But not the port capacities. They would have to be expanded first.
3-masted barque Jennie Johnston at Custom House Quay
There would certainly be expansion areas for cruise ships in the area of the Tom Clark Bridge. An expansion of the handling capacities for passenger ships is only conceivable with co-financing and / or long-term financial assurances by the cruise company. And they are known to invest preferably in new buildings instead of in the infrastructure of the port operations.