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The ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork Harbour for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise
Port of Cork
Disney Cruise Line has revealed its summer 2018 itinerary includes the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits. 2017 is already being described as one of the busiest cruise seasons in Cork with 69 cruise liners calling…
Thames Shipping scene including Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) flagship Magellan which is regularly based out of Tilbury. At this terminal TV personality Gloria Hunniford christened the ship in recent years. To read more on CMV's flagship Magellen which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, click the link below.
Ports & Shipping
#LondonTrade - Port of London trade in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008. The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames where a pair…
Guests attend a cruise evening event held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseEvening - A cruise evening event was held earlier this week in a south Dublin yacht club to promote a major US brand operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event organised by Cruisescapes was held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club,…
In 1964, the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered a trio of nuclear ships to be built for senior UK Government officials and members of the Royal Family. Among the ships was Columba (currently cruiseship Hebridean Princess seen above in Dublin). They were chartered to Macbrayne Ltd where they operated as ordinary car ferries but they had extraordinary features making it possible for them to act as 'floating nuclear bunkers'.
News Update
#FerryNuclear - In the event of a nuclear war between the West and Soviet Union, The Herald writes senior British Government officials would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers'. Afloat adds that among…
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat forms this backdrop as cruiseships anchor off Villefranche-sur-Mer, south of France in 2010: (L-R) Thomson Holiday, Disney Magic (maiden call to Dublin last year) and Grand Holiday (now Magellan: see today's Afloat.ie report)
News Update
#Awards&Shows – The Irish Travel Industry Awards ceremony is to take place in Dublin on 26 January in the historic surroundings of the Round Room of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents…
Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who named CMV's current flagship Magellan which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season
Cruise Liners
#DirectCruises - Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV Broadcaster and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who is godmother to CMV’s flagship Magellan is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hunniford who lived at…
Camac, a Dublin Port pilot cutter launch with a containership underway in Dublin Bay
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport’s Statement…
At the launch of BBC HD: Travis Peterson (VP Product Global Eagle Entertainment), Zina Neophytou (VP Out of Home BBC Worldwide) and Graham Douglas (Media & Communications Manager Carnival UK)
Cruise Liners
#TVCruiseChannel - BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruiseships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network,…
File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019.
Ports & Shipping
#Dredging - In recent weeks at Rosslare Europort a dredging programme was conducted within the harbour to remove spoil offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dredging operations were carried out by Sospan Dau and assistance from tug Trojan. The resultant spoil was…
At a council meeting on Monday night, councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in a due diligence report commissioned by the council into the position of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Ports & Shipping
#PortTransfer - County councillors writes The Irish Times from all the main parties of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown have expressed concern at potential financial liabilities involved in taking over responsibility for Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The debate on due diligience issues as Afloat…
Following Fred Olsen's Boudicca that marked the first cruise caller of 2017 to Dublin Port, the capital is to welcome Saga Cruises smaller Saga Pearl II on St. Patrick's Day. The 449 passenger ship became the first cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint. Co. Down in recent years.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseIncrease – Dublin Port in 2017 is to welcome a total of 125 cruise calls an increase on last year, however Dun Laoghaire Harbour will have a repeat of last year with eight calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
Cruiseship Boudicca became the first caller to visit Dublin Port in this New Year of 2017
Cruise Liners
#CruiseFirst - A pair of Fred Olsen Lines sisters marked both the last cruise call to Dublin Port in 2016 and as the first of the New Year, writes Jehan Ashmore. The conservative yet handsome profile of Boudicca sailed into…
Save Our Seafront (SOS) the Dun Laoghaire Harbour group launches a High Court challenge to cruiseships plan
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - The Save-Our-Seafront Dun Laoghaire group was yesterday granted leave by the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision to approve cruiseships docking in the local harbour. As The Irish Times reports, the group, which is an environmental…
Save our Seafront claims November’s decision by An Bord Pleanála restricted the size of ships (250m long) but left open the possibility of Dún Laoghaire Harbour being usurped by cruise liners. Afloat adds the above computer generated image is of a giant cruiseship of the 'Freedom' class (338m long) berthed within the harbour.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - The Irish Times writes that a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve facilities for cruiseships in Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be sought in the High Court on Thursday. The campaign group Save our Seafront, which…
Oriana in Killybegs
Cruise Liners
#€40thousandEgg! - In the penultimate episode of 'The Local Eye', The Donegal Post team visit a luxury five star cruise ship docked in Killybegs but can boss Chris keep social diarist Gabrielle away from duty free long enough to get…
Black Watch is to make a call to Cobh on Christmas Day. Afloat adds that the cruiseship sports a new dark grey hull (as above) having had a traditional all white livery.
Cruise Liners
#CobhChristmasCall - A quartet of cruiseships will come to Cork Harbour this festive season, including one on Christmas Day, bringing 5,000 visitors to the region. The increase writes the Evening Echo in winter cruiseships highlights a changing industry. Cork traditionally…

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