Belfast Telegraph

Record year for cruise ship visitors to Belfast

One of the liners to pay a visit to Belfast this year
One of the liners to pay a visit to Belfast this year
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A record-breaking 185,000 cruise passengers and crew called at Belfast during 2018.

The arrival of the MS Black Watch yesterday morning marked the end of the cruise season for the harbour. The Fred Olsen Cruise Line ship was the 115th to dock since March.

August was the busiest month for cruise liners, with 24 docking in the harbour, bringing 40,000 passengers and crew into the city.

The final tally was slightly below the 117 projected earlier this year by Cruise Belfast, the partnership between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast.

But the number could grow further next year, with Disney Cruise Lines set to begin berthing here in 2019.

The city appears to be winning the hearts and minds of tourists. In July Belfast was named as one of Europe's most popular cruise destinations by popular review website Cruise Critic.

Belfast was among the winners of the website's third annual Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards.

Belfast Telegraph