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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
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
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#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.
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#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…
Sea Adventurer, the one time Clipper Adventurer that made a historic first cruiseship call to Drogheda Port in 2012, is to undergo a major $8.5 million investment to extend the career of the veteran vessel after four decades in service. She is to emerge as the renamed Ocean Adventurer in July 2017.
Cruise Liners
#MajorUpgrade - Polar small cruiseship operator, Quark Expeditions’ whose Sea Adventurer under another guise made a historic first but only cruise call visit to Drogheda Port is to undergo a major renovation, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Clipper Adventurer then…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - Afloat.ie has learned that the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs (DLCC) will not seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval of a scaled-down cruise berth for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DLCC members, who welcomed the 250m limit on…
Caribbean Princess (a regular caller to Irish ports) discharged thousands of gallons of polluted bilge waste along the British coast, while other ships used rigged sensors to hide contamination.
Cruise Liners
#RecordOilFine- A US$40m penalty is to be paid by Princess Cruises after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called 'magic pipe' to divert oily waste into UK…
The Solstice class cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse is revealed as the first major cruise operator's ship to' home port' in Dublin by offering cruises from early summer 2018.
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#HomePort - Celebrity Eclipse has been revealed as the first cruiseship by a major operator to 'home port' in Dublin Port by offering cruises that begin in early summer 2018. As previously reported on Afloat.ie Celebrity Cruises begins the ships…
Fred Olsen Lines MS Braemar which made a maiden call to Rosslare Europort this summer, the first such call of a cruiseship in twenty years
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#ChargesWaived - Shipping lines have been notified by Rosslare Harbour that it is to waive charges for cruise ships for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The initiative is to establish the south-east as a destination for what is Europe’s fastest growing tourism…
A Celebrity Cruise liner will be based in Dublin Port from 2018
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Modern luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises has become the first major cruise line to confirm Dublin Port as a 'home' port when a ship will call the city home during early summer 2018. For five sailings commencing in late April,…
The Dun Laoghaire waterfront building was closed as a ferry terminal in 2015
Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - The Irish Times is reporting that the former ferry terminal at St Michael’s Pier in Dun Laoghaire is available to rent. A 10-year lease at €215 per square metre is being quoted by letting agent Lisney for the…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#CruiseBerth - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has welcomed the granting of planning permission for a new cruise liner berth. As reported earlier today on Afloat.ie, An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a scaled-down development, accommodating cruise vessels at…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
News Update
#DunLaoghaire - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company chief executive Gerry Dunne has lodged High Court proceedings against his employer, according to Sunday Business Post business correspondent Jack Horgan-Jones in yesterday’s edition of the paper. Dunne, who was appointed CEO in 2009,…
Berthed at Belview, Nautica, the final cruiseship to visit the south-eastern port of Waterford this season
Cruise Liners
#FinalCaller - Nautica became the final cruiseship caller of the season to visit the Port of Waterford, writes Jehan Ashmore. Oceania Cruises which operates the cruiseship which has undergone a multimillion dolar refurbishment had berthed at Belview on Monday. The…
“Whither O splendid ship….?” The tall ship Jeanie Johnston in Dublin may be going nowhere for a while as repairs are being completed, but the fleet of the Cruising Association of Ireland coming up-river past her in Saturday’s sunshine included several boats which have completed long voyages.
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The Cruising Association of Ireland’s annual rally in Dublin’s River Liffey over the weekend brought a whiff of the open sea and a fleet of 32 boats into the heart of the busy city past the visiting “ten storey” cruise…

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