Foynes prepares to welcome biggest ever cruise ship to visit Shannon Estuary

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

FOYNES greets its biggest ever cruise ship next month as the West Limerick port continues to position itself as a destination for big spenders on the European cruise circuit.

FOYNES greets its biggest ever cruise ship next month as the West Limerick port continues to position itself as a destination for big spenders on the European cruise circuit.

The 30,000-ton Adonia, which will bring 710 passengers and 400 crew into Foynes on July 23, is on its maiden season having been christened by Shirley Bassey last month and this is also the first time Foynes is being visited by the prestigious P&O Line. Three cruise ships will dock at Foynes in the space of five days in late July.

Shannon Development’s projects and promotions manager John Crowe said that the five cruise ships coming up the Estuary this summer - up from three in 2010 - will generate a visitor spend of around €500,000 and the agency, along with Shannon Foynes Port Company, is determined to capture more of the €60 million Irish cruise ship market.

“Take the Adonia for example. That will come into Foynes at 7.30am on the day and will leave again that evening. There will be 22 busloads of visitors coming off that ship for the day and they will on average spend directly themselves in the order of €100 per person per day,” Mr Crowe said.