Dublin will host a record 113 cruise ships this Summer, according to Pól Ó Conghaile, writing in the 'Irish Independent'
The season kicks off in earnest , when the 333m MSC Splendida reverses into the River Liffey with some 4,600 passengers and crew on board.
In total, over 180,000 visitors will arrive on cruise ships in 2016.
Among them will be some 3,650 passengers, crew and 'cast' on board Disney Magic, a 300m giant set to make her maiden call in the capital on May 26.
Dublin Port is rapidly growing its cruise business, with this year's schedule some 20pc busier than 2015. The €230 million Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project will allow it host the world's largest cruise ships - up to 362m in length - by 2020.
Celebrating the arrival of the MSC Splendida in Dublin Port