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These five mega cruise ships are set to visit Ireland

Dublin Port is set to be upgraded within the next four years.

Image: Wikipedia

BIG SHIPS, WHO doesn’t love them?

This year, it’s going to be the biggest cruise season on Irish record with 113 cruise ships set to arrive at Dublin Port.

In anticipation, we’ve rounded up five of the best:

1. The MSC Splendida

11/5/2015 Largest Cruise ship MSC Splendida Source: Photocall Ireland

The 11th longest cruise ship in the world at over 333 metres, the MSC Splendida made Irish history last year when she became the longest vessel to ever visit Dublin.

Boasting 11 bars and lounges and four swimming pools, she returns to Dublin next Tuesday with 4600 crew and passengers on board.

2. Caribbean Princess

1280px-Caribbean_Princess_at_St._Thomas,_USVI Source: Wikipedia

This 290 metre long ship, which had a good start in life when it was christened by Vicki Stubing from The Love Boat, features five swimming pools (plus two splash pools) and a cinema experience under the stars.

It arrives on 11 May and will be in Dublin a few times this year.

3. The Disney Magic

1280px-DisneyMagicdepartsCanaveral Source: Wikipedia

Who doesn’t love living the Disney dream. All the time. On a ship.

The Disney Magic will arrive in Dublin on May 26 as part of its maiden voyage. It promises an unforgettable Disney experience “from bow to stern” with live shows and fireworks at sea.

4. Celebrity Silhouette

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It’s not clear what celebrity this ship has the silhouette of but hey, who cares.

This ship boasts an interactive grilling experience at sea so just throw another shrimp on the barbie. It arrives on May 31.

5. Queen Elizabeth

1280px-Queen_Elizabeth_in_Tallinn_7_July_2011 Source: Wikipedia

It’s her 90th birthday year so we may as well welcome a cruise ship named after the British monarch. This 294-metre ship will arrive on September 9.

Pat Ward of Dublin Port said demand is so strong that Dublin Port is being asked by the cruise lines to accommodate ships much larger than they can routinely handle. The plan to upgrade Dublin Port is set to be complete in the next four years.

The ABR Project will mean the port will have the enhanced infrastructure and capacity to meet market demand.

Read: The largest cruise ship in the world has set sail – here’s what it looks like>

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