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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
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#CruiseSeason2016 – Following the debut visit to Dun Laoghaire this Friday of Mein Schiff 4, marking the end of the cruise season, Afloat.ie can reveal the port's cruise call line-up for 2016, writes Jehan Ashmore. Before we do, here is…
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#NewCruiseShip – A new cruiseship, Mein Schiff 4 with a capacity for 2,506 passengers and more than 1,000 crew is to make her Irish maiden cruise with a debut call offshore of Dun Laoghaire Harbour next week, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Hurtigruten's Newest Addition is Named MS Spitsbergen
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#Newcomer - Hurtigruten's newest ship will be named ‘MS Spitsbergen’  after the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. She joins the Norwegian explorer cruise company on the very northernmost part of the Nordic country where, in 1896, Hurtigruten’s founder Richard…
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#CruiseBerth - Richard Boyd Barrett TD and local author Alison Hackett are among the speakers lined up for a public meeting on Dun Laoghaire Harbour's controversial cruise liner berth plans tomorrow evening (Monday 7 September). Activist group Save Our Seafront…
Dun Laoghaire Clubs' Submission Over Cruise Berth Plans Now Online
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#CruiseBerth - The Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs (DLCC) have posted online their submission to An Bord Pleanála over the proposed berth for next-generation cruise liners in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has thrown its support…
Not So Splendid As Cruiseship Cancels Call for Third Time
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#CancelledCruiseCall – The longest ever cruiseship to visit Dublin Port, MSC Splendida at 333m long has again cancelled another call due off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. This is the third cancellation of the giant Italian flagged cruiseship with…
QE2 Working Group Launch in Greenock
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#QE2 – A new working group has been established to examine if the world famous QE2 cruise ship could be brought back to the Clyde and Greenock. For, after Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, wrote to the Scottish Government…
TD Speaks Out Over Dun Laoghaire Cruise Liner Plans
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#CruiseBerth - The case against Dun Laoghaire's proposed cruise liner berth has another vocal supporter in local TD Richard Boyd Barrett, who writes in The Irish Times about seeking an alternative vision for the south Dublin port town. Indeed, 'An…
DCC On Cruise Traffic and Connectivity to City-Centre
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#CouncillorsOnCruise - NewsFour reports on the issues and requests from councillors during Dublin City Council meetings that stood-out in June and July 2015. Among the order of business was Dublin Port's cruise-terminal that was granted planning permission by An Bord…
Launch of Hurtigruten's Global CSR Foundation
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#SustainableTravel - Aiming to be world leading in sustainable explorer travel in the polar regions, Hurtigruten have announced that they are establishing 'The Hurtigruten Foundation'. The new project will raise awareness of opportunities and challenges in the the Arctic, Antarctica…
Former Med-Ferry Cruises to Site of Approved ABR Project
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#FerrytoCruise – Ocean Majesty docked in Dublin Port today at the site of the €230m Alexandra Basin Redevelopment that was recently granted planning permission, writes Jehan Ashmore. Somewhat unusual was that the chartered 10,417 tonnes vessel berthed just before lunchtime…
Solstice-Class Cruiseship Calls On A Meteorological High
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#CruisingHigh- Favourable weather conditions today off Dunmore East saw the largest cruiseship at 17 decks high to anchor offshore in a season that has seen three cancellations due to rough seas, writes Jehan Ashmore. Temperatures reaching a nationwide high in…
More To Boosting Tourism In Dun Laoghaire Than Costly Cruise Liner Plans Says Local Author
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#CruiseLiners - Dun Laoghaire's ambitious plans for a modern cruise liner berth would "destroy its natural open shape and beauty", according to a local author. Writing in The Irish Times this week, Alison Hackett agrees that encouraging the potentially tens…
Continued Bad Weather Forces Cruiseship to Cancel Anchorage Call
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#CancelledAnchorage – A German cruiseship with around 900 passengers on board had to cancel an anchorage call off Rosslare Europort this morning due to the continued bad weather that also prevented a cruise call to Dublin yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Strong Winds Force Royal to Cancel Visit to Dublin Port
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#CancelledCruiseCall - Royal Princess had to cancel a call to Dublin Port as it is understood that strong winds today would have had impacted on the safe navigation while attempting to enter the port astern i.e in 'reverse', writes Jehan…
Better Berthing Facilities Called for As Waterford ‘Misses Out’ On Cruiseships
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#CallforBerth - Improved berthing facilities at Dunmore East and greater investment in the region's port infrastructure are vital reports the Irish Examiner, because cruise liners find it too risky to launch passenger tenders offshore in rough weather, said a Waterford…

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