MV Astoria arrived into Cobh on 21st March, the first of 94 cruise liners to visit the Port of Cork in 2018, a 30% increase on 2017 calls. The Port of Cork anticipates with 94 cruise calls the total passenger numbers to be 188,844 and 80,000 crew.
Ireland is set for its 12th successive year of cruise liner growth with Dublin and Cork now rivalling such famous liner ports as Naples and Monaco. Dublin and Cobh, Co Cork confirmed busy schedules for cruise liners visiting Ireland this year with the season already underway. (independent.ie)
Tourism in Cork is set for a major boost this summer with the Port of Cork revealing that a 30 per cent increase in the numbers of cruise liner visits to Cork Harbour is set to result in more than 180,000 passengers coming ashore to provide a near €15 million injection to the local economy. (irishtimes.com)
May 4 is a significant date in Cork’s history, it being 100 years since the arrival of the US fleet during the First World War. On that day Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the US Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour.