Celebrity Cruises have just announced that they are set to be the first major cruise line with a vessel based in Dublin. Irish fans will be excited to know that one of the Celebrity Solstice ships will be based in the port by 2018. The itinerary details for this ship are not yet known but they will most likely be around Northern Europe. It has also not yet been revealed which of their ships will be based there. Jo Rzymowska, managing director of UK and Ireland, said: “Celebrity Cruises has enjoyed significant support from our travel agent partners and guests throughout Ireland for many years. Now we are saying thank you by basing one of the flagships of our fleet in Dublin for a mini season during early summer 2018. “We know that our guests from around the world, and in Ireland, will love the warm welcome they receive when starting a holiday in Dublin. Calling Dublin home in 2018 is a major development to our European deployment.” The exciting new move is set to bring €6 million to Dublin in tourism and lots of profitable economic benefits for the surrounding area. Pat Ward, head of corporate services for Dublin port, said: “It has been a clear ambition of Dublin Port to attract a cruise line to offer our great city as a homeport. Today, that ambition is realised and Celebrity Cruises will be an important step-change in our history. “The opportunities that this new investment will bring are extensive. We look forward to maximising this new platform for growth and welcoming yet more cruise ships and holidaymakers to Dublin for the first time.”