Despite the increase of cruise ships calling at Dublin port in the past decade, the Dublin port company is intending to reverse this growing trend of vessel circulation.
With the rising number of cargo vessels stopping at the port (up 36% from 2012 to 2018), the port will limit the volume of cruise sips that can berth there annually to 80 ships.
There are 160 cruise ships due to stop at the port in 2019 and 140 bookings so far for 2020. Dublin port is chosing to prioritise cargo vessels over commercial cruise liners.
This is outlined in the new Cruise ship berthing policy and pricing policy, issued by Dublin port, which will take effect from 2021. Should cruise ships wish to continue to berth at Dublin port post the 2021 restrictions, the cruise companies will be required to co-finance or invest in new berths to be constructed at North Wall Quay Extension, adjacent to the Tom Clark Bridge.