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This massive cruise ship will soon call Dublin home

The arrival of the Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Eclipse is seen as a major boost for Dublin Port.

Image: Michel Verdure/Celebrity Cruises

A MASSIVE CRUISE ship will call Dublin home for the summer of 2018.

The arrival of the Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Eclipse is seen as a major boost for Dublin Port.

The company estimates that the ship’s presence in the port will generate €6 million for the local economy.

The 2,800-plus passenger cruise ship will sail from Dublin for five northern Europe cruises between late April to the end of June 2018.

The company estimates that more than 14,000 people are expected to start their holidays from Dublin, with many coming from the US.

Source: Holiday&Cruise/YouTube

The ship will offer cruises around the British Isles and France or to Scandinavia and Iceland. It features a spa, a lawn and numerous bars and restaurants. It also has a casino, a theatre, shops, a library, an art gallery where art and glass are auctioned, an Internet café and an Apple store.

More than 180,000 cruise passengers have passed through Dublin Port in 2016 during more than 100 cruise ship calls.

Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class ships are the newest in its fleet, introduced between 2008 and 2012. Celebrity Cruises is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the second-largest cruise business in the world, and has a fleet of 12 ships with two new ships on order, scheduled to join the fleet in 2018 and 2020.

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