Record Number of Cruise Passengers Visit Belfast

By ,   March 5, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

A record number of cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Belfast in 2018, up by 25% despite the port city's continued absence of a dedicated cruise terminal.

More than 200,000 visitors will arrive onboard 117 ships between March and October.

Port of Belfast UK

According to Michael Robinson, harbour's commercial director, Belfast's popularity continued to grow. 

The harbour remained "committed" to building a cruise ship terminal, an idea that was first put forward in 2013, but the £15 million project, at a site popular as D3, is still awaiting permission.

This year 8 new cruise lines have added Port of Belfast to their itineraries, joining Cunard and Royal Caribbean, meaning that for the first time, Belfast port will break the barrier of 100 liners per year. In 2017 it hosted 93.