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Behind the Scenes: Flags flying practice as ThunderCat race crew teams raft-up with assistance of jet-skies in Dublin Port with the backdrop of German cruiseship Artania. The ThunderCats then headed upriver to thrill the crowds while whizzing past the Dublin Riverfest tallships.
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#CruiseMedley – Cruiseships small and large called to the capital to add to the summertime atmosphere of Dublin Riverfest's gathering of tallships that graced the Liffey quays, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hebridean Sky, the intimate sized ship of just 4,200 gross…
CMV' Magellan this weekend berthed at the south Wales port of Newport where the cruiseship is to be used to accommodate visitors for the Champions League Final.
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#ChampionsLeague - The south Welsh port of Newport has been transformed into a bespoke accommodation and events space due to increased demand from visitors arriving this weekend (2nd – 4th June) for the Champions League Final. An area of quayside…
The new flagship for CMV, the 63,000 gross tonnage Columbus had operated previously as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises in Australia. The 775 passenger cruiseship is seen at Damen Dry-Dock in Rotterdam before a naming ceremony in London (Tilbury) next month by TV presenter Angela Rippon.
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#NewFlagship - Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that will also become their new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam just before mid-May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. A delivery…
Astor enters Dublin Bay during a leisurely late morning arrival today. The mid-sized cruiseship with its distinctive and stylish funnel casing made calls to small scenic ports along the full length of the Wild Atlantic Way.
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#MidSizeShip - Astor which at 20,000 tonnes is termed as a mid-sized cruiseship called to Dublin Port today having made a cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way, writes Jehan Ashmore. A pilot cutter in Dublin Bay came alongside Astor that…
The cruise liner Serenissima  arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
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The arrival of the five star luxury cruise ship Serenissima into Dun Laoghaire this morning kicks off the town's summer cruise-liner visits this morning. Weighing in at over 2,500 tonnes, the Serenissima is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59…
MSC Preziosa was originally to be named Phoenicia from an order placed in a French yard by a Libyan state-owned company. The civil war that broke out in 2011 however put an end to that arrangement.
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#SplendidSister - A near sister of MSC Splendida which at 333m became the longest ever cruiseship to visit Dublin in recent years is currently docked in port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship is MSC Preziosa that called yesterday to Greenock,…
CLIA Summit at Sea was held on board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth. The event took place on a cruise from Hamburg and concluded upon arrival in Southampton this morning.
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#[email protected] - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),the world's largest cruise industry trade association, carried out its 2017 Summit at Sea –an exclusive, flagship event for cruise industry stakeholders. Afloat adds that the event held on board Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth, took place…
The 313–metre Celebrity Eclipse, twice as long as Croke Park, and as seen from Dun Laoghaire, passes Howth Head on her way into Dublin Port this morning
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Luxury cruise liner Celebrity Eclipse made her maiden call to Dublin Port this morning.  As our photo above shows Dublin Port Pilots and two Port Tug boats escorted the liner on her first journey past the Baily Lighthouse in the…
Making a maiden port of call to Cobh in April, 2010 is Celebrity Eclipse which only a week before had transported stranded UK holidaymakers following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. The ash-cloud caused aviation travel to be shut down across Europe.
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#CobhCelebrity – Cobh welcomed Celebrity Eclipse this morning as the giant luxury ship made a first port of call having set off from Southampton, the UK’s largest cruiseport, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Solstice’ class 121,000 gross tonnage luxury cruiseship at…
A FRENCH CALL: Lying some 75 miles from the Seine estuary, is from where CMV flagship Magellan is to navigate inland to Rouen the historic capital of Normandy.
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#DirectCruises - Home-porting of Cruise & Maritime Voyages current flagship Magellan directly from Dublin Port this season are to be repeated in 2018 with new Cobh departures added, writes Jehan Ashmore. Magellan is CMV's adult-only friendly flagship that is to…
Snow-capped mountains and green sided fjord form the stunning backdrop as Hurtigruten's expedition/coastal cruiseship Midnatsol explores polar regions and cruises in Norway. This morning Midnatsol called to Cork City quays along with megayacht cruiseship Le Soléal.
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#CorkCityCallers – An expedition / coastal cruiseship that trades to both polar regions and a megayacht cruiseship called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Norwegian operator Hurtigruten Voyages Midnatsol (midnight sun) which normally plies stunning deep-inland fjords…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
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#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Classic Lady of the Sea: Marco Polo of Cruise & Maritime Voyages which at more that five decades remains operating this season and will continue in service to at least the end of 2018. Today the cruiseship docked in Dublin's Alexandra Basin alongside Ocean Pier.
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#ClassicCaller – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo, a classic cruiseship that became the first ship to establish the UK operator almost a decade ago, made a call to Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of the 820-passenger…
A giant cruise caller to Belfast Harbour in 2016 was Caribbean Princess. Afloat adds that the 112,000 tonnes cruiseship will be the fifth caller to the city this season in early May.
Belfast Lough
#RecordCalls - A new tourism high as almost 90 cruise ships are expected to visit Belfast Harbour this summer, bringing with them 150,000 passengers and crew to the city. Belfast’s record cruise schedule for 2017 marks an unprecedented period of…
Wind Surf making the last cruise call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2016
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The Dun Laoghaire waterfront environmental protection group “Save our Seafront” last night posted (below) of successful progress in the latest legal proceedings against the installation of a large cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour writes W M Nixon The…
An impression of the brand new ultra-luxury cruiseship Silver Muse as depicted in the Norwegian fjords. The Viking connection with Ireland is that the new flagship of Silverseas Cruises is to make an Irish debut to Waterford when as the penulimate caller later in the season.
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#NewFlagship - Half of all cruiseship calls to visit Waterford Estuary are due in the first of a three-month season in which Afloat has identified to include a brand new cruiseship, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the cruiseship line-up for…

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