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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 4


Dublin’s plan to halve cruise calls branded ‘disaster’


Harry Kemble harry.kemble@travelweekly.co.uk


Clia has appealed for talks with Dublin Port after the facility revealed plans to slash cruise calls by half and stop turnaround cruises from 2021.


The port says the decision to


reduce annual calls from 160 to 80 was taken to accommodate rising freight volumes and to build more berths for cargo ships, which make nearly 8,000 visits a year. Facilities, costing £25.5 million, are being built to carry out extra


custom checks expected after Brexit. From 2021, Dublin will allow calls by only two large cruise ships a week in summer and one a week in winter. No cruises will be allowed to start or end at the port. Clia Europe called the decision


“an extremely restrictive regime” and said it was seeking talks with the port and the Irish government. It said stopping turnarounds would remove 120 calls a year and reduce Dublin’s passenger arrivals by 100,000. A Clia study in 2017 said turnaround passengers spent  per person on aerage per call Celebrity Cruises, which has


a mini season from Dublin this summer, described the decision as “very disappointing”. Cruise & Maritime Voyages,


which will operate  trnarond cruises from Dublin over the next two years, said it was monitoring the situation “very closely”. The plan has alarmed travel companies across Ireland. Sandra Corkin, owner of Northern Ireland agency Oasis Travel, called it “a disaster”, while Niamh McCarthy, managing


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Only two large cruise ships will be allowed to dock in Dublin Port each week from summer 2021


director of excursions operator Excursions Ireland, said the plan does not reflect or ambition to grow cruise in Ireland”. McCarthy, together with


representatives from port agency Hamilton Shipping, Port of Cork and ort of elfast, has flown to the  to lobby crise lines to fight the plan. The delegation was due to meet Holland America Line, Seabourn and Princess Cruises, which has 12 turnaround cruises from Dublin this year.


5 Balearics alcohol plan ‘misguided’


Juliet Dennis juliet.dennis@travelweekly.co.uk


Abta has warned the Balearics authorities it could drive away UK families if it adopts a “misguided” proposal to restrict alcohol at all-inclusive hotels.


Abta’s director of destinations and sustainability, Nikki White, said the local authorities’ plan to limit booze to meal times at all-inclusives would “not effectively address the issues”. She believes the move, aimed


at reducing excessive drinking and antisocial behaviour, would penalise families rather than rowdy young people. White said: “This proposal is misguided…it targets the wrong market. Typically, all-inclusive customers in the Balearics are not 22-year-olds, but families who appreciate the convenience and ability to control budgets. Restricting their choices may drive families elsewhere.” Tui backed Abta, calling for


“extensive research” before such a proposal is implemented. A


6travelweekly.co.uk21 March 2019


“Restricting families’ choices may drive them elsewhere”


spokesman said: “We’re open to engaging with the authorities to tackle issues. We don’t, however, accept all-inclusive resorts are part of the problem.” The Balearic government is adamant families would not be put off visiting. Bel Busquet, vice-president and Balearic Island minister for innovation,


research and tourism, said: “This proposed law will help crack down on antisocial drinking and the associated problems this brings. “While we want visitors to enjoy


their holidays, we want to endorse responsible drinking.” If approved, the plans are unlikely to become law until at least 2022. eanwhile, fines of p to , come into force on April 1 for antisocial behaviour in tourist areas in Palma, where happy hour and


two-for-one offers will be banned.  To read Nikki White’s comment in full, go to travelweekly.co.uk


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