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10,000 tourists, four MASSIVE ships: The cruise-liners are jammed into Dublin today

You wait all morning for an enormous ship…

SPARE A THOUGHT for anyone serving coffee in the city centre this morning…

Four cruise-liners are JAMMED into Dublin Port today – and they’ve sent some 10,000 tourists into the city centre for a look around.

It’s the busiest day ever for cruise tourism in the port, in fact.

The ships – measuring between 200 and 330 metres – all arrived in a four-hour window early this morning, between 3.30am and 7.

End-to-end, they’d measure a kilometre in length (but obviously, they’re not parked end-to-end).

Significant planning and research had to be undertaken ahead of the inaugural visit of the 333 metre MSC Splendida earlier this year – up to that point, it was the largest vessel ever to berth in the port.

One of the ships arriving today is just three metres shy of that length: the 330 metre Royal Princess. Elsewhere, the Celebrity Silhouette is 319m long, the MV Horizon is 208m and the Magellan is 222m long.

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Like the MSC Splendida, both the ‘Princess’ and the ‘Silhouette’ had to reverse into the port in a complex manoeuvre coordinated by Harbour Master David Dignam and the port’s pilots, assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort.

According to Dublin Port:

Cruise ship arrivals typically deliver a €100 per passenger spend, meaning an economic boost of €1.3million for the city today. These ships’ passengers originate primarily from the United States of America, France and Great Britain.

(If you want to see more of the ships – it looks like Philip Bromwell of RTÉ News is all over this one: check out their bulletins later, I’d imagine). 

Read: “That’s what they thought of us”: Dubliners soaked by massive wave from luxury liner

Read: This ENORMOUS cruise liner will be soon be able to park-up at The Point

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