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Royal Princess on a cruise call to Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#RecordCalls - Irish ports in 2017 will have their busiest ever cruise ship season with over 300 vessels scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past…
Galway City Council councillors have voted to cut a marketing grant to Galway Port used to attract liner traffic. Above Afloat adds is Holland America Lines Prinsendam at anchorage during a cruise of western seaboard ports.
Galway Harbour
#GrantSlashed - There was consternation among Galway City County councillors that its marketing promotion fund would hand over €10,000 to the Port of Galway to attract cruise ships when the harbour body lavished handsome salaries on its executives. According to…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
News Update
#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
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…
Hurtigruten's 'Milleninnium' class Norwegian coastal voyages cruiseship Trollfjord that can also take cars. The 2002 built vessel made a promotional call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour early in her career.
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…

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