The Port of Cork will invest over €1.5 million in upgrading facilities at Cobh Cruise Terminal, Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth, with the installation of a number of high load mooring bollards at the east and west end of the Cobh Cruise Berth which will enable larger ships to be berthed.
The work which will commence before the end of January is expected to be completed by April 2015 in time to welcome the first cruise call on 24th April. In total, 55 cruise liners are scheduled to call to Cork in 2015, 10 of which are maiden calls and 20 of which will be carrying in excess of 3,000 passengers.
Speaking about the upgrades, Captain Michael McCarthy said: “The Port of Cork Company is committed to developing the cruise business into Cork and these upgrades of our cruise berth in Cobh will enable us to accommodate ‘Quantum Class’ vessels which are the largest cruise liners currently operating in Europe.”
The global trend in the cruise industry is changing from smaller, high end ships to large ‘mega ships’ such the ‘Quantum Class’ vessels which can carry in excess of 4,000 passengers.